Hip-hop and video games collided at Spike TV’s VGX 2013 (formerly known as Video Game Awards) in L.A. last night. Hosted by Joel McHale and Geoff Keighley, the three-hour show featured the music of “Grand Theft Auto V,” with performances from The Game, Freddie Gibbs, and Jay Rock.
Dressed in a black fur coat, Tyler, the Creator took the stage with Earl Sweatshirt and other members of his crew to perform “Garbage” off The Music of Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. He removed his coat to reveal an oversized red blazer and went shirtless in the final moments of the performance.
“BOUT TO TROLL AND LOOK LIKE A DAMN FOOL ON THIS AWARD SHOW! I LOVE THIS SHIT AHHHHH!” tweeted Tyler.
Odd Future celebrated its second annual OFWGKTA Carnival with a Ferris wheel, skatepark, and even Kanye West. The hip-hop collective took over The Park at L.A. Coliseum on Saturday for a fun-filled day. The festivities included rides, food trucks, and live music, and capped off with headlining performances from Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean.
Following sets from Flying Lotus, ScHoolboy Q, and Mac Miller, Tyler stormed the outdoor stage. In addition to performing his solo material, he was joined by his Odd Future cohorts Frank Ocean on “She” and Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats for “Rella.”
After Lil Wayne crashed the stage in 2012, Kanye West was this year’s surprise guest. The G.O.O.D. Music boss, who called Tyler his “mentor” in a recent interview, performed “New Slaves” and his Late Registration cut “Late,” but not before Tyler asked him for a hug.
“Can I have a hug first? I am so fucking happy,” said the 22-year-old MC.
After Tyler fired up the crowd, Frank Ocean closed out the evening with a soulful set that included “Pyramids,” “Forrest Gump,” “Bad Religion,” and “Golden Girl.”
Check out footage from the OFWGKTA invasion below.
Tyler, the Creator got very comfortable during his visit to “Arsenio” on Thursday. After talking selfies with fellow guests Quincy Jones and Jerry Springer, the Odd Future frontman laid down on the couch while speaking about everything from his use of the N-word to President Obama.
Although he was a performer at the YouTube Music Awards over the weekend, he was not afraid to criticize the show for promoting popular acts over new talent.
The 22-year-old also spoke about directing the music video for “Glowing,” but wouldn’t reveal who the artist was.
Plus, find out why Frank Ocean is cool with him saying the F-word and why kids shouldn’t always listen to their parents.
YouTube sensations and music superstars came together at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards at New York’s Pier 36 on Sunday.
The unscripted event, which was live streamed across the globe, featured performances from Eminem, Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, and Arcade Fire. All of the performances were conceived as music videos and directed by filmmakers selected by Spike Jonze.
After showing her teeth on the red carpet, Lady Gaga delivered an emotional performance of her new ballad “Dope” off ARTPOP, while M.I.A. lit up the stage with “Come Walk With Me” off her album Matangi.
She also struck up a friendship with Tyler, the Creator. “M.I.A MIGHT BE THE COOLEST FEMALE OF EVER,” tweeted the Odd Future frontman, who performed “Sasquatch” with Earl Sweatshirt.
Eminem was named Artist of the Year and closed out the show with a black-and-white performance of his MMLP2 cut “Rap God.”
T-Pain also hit the stage with some YouTube stars, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were honored as YouTube Breakthrough.
Kanye West’s friends flocked to the Staples Center on Monday for the second night of his “Yeezus Tour” in L.A. The guest list included Kim Kardashian, Fergie, Tyler, the Creator, Keyshia Cole, will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Khloe Kardashian (with Lamar Odom), and even Dave Chappelle.
New mom Fergie took a break from diaper duty and came out to support fellow L.A. native Kendrick Lamar, who opened the concert. “Felt good representing LA last night with @kendricklamar,” she tweeted.
Kanye’s “mentor” Tyler, the Creator, who also attended Saturday’s show, was super excited to meet Dave Chappelle. “DAVE AND I TAKING SELFIES DUDE I COULDNT FUCKING BREATH HE WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT I WANTED TO MEET OMG,” wrote the Odd Future leader.
Keyshia Cole snapped some Instagram pics with Kendrick, Khloe Kardashian, and Tyler. “@OddFuture is cray! He talk crazy shyt! Had a good time tho!!!” said the R&B songstress.
Azealia Banks was also in the house. “Yeezus show gave me so many new ideas!!!” she gushed.
Tyler, the Creator presents a visual interpretation of his mind in the bizarre, yet brilliant video for “Tamale,” a cut off his album WOLF. The Odd Future leader directs and stars in the wacky clip, which captures his quirky personality.
He bounces on a woman’s booty, rides a cat, and blurs out one graphic scene (“Because people aren’t ready to have intelligent conversations before they judge”). The Golf Wang member hits the golf course in all yellow, splashes in the pool with his OFWGKTA crew, and umm, pleasures himself in bed. But the humorous tone takes a dark turn as Tyler lies on the couch and addresses his absent father.
Even his idol Pharrell makes a cameo as a drummer. “TO ME THAT PHARRELL CAMEO IS COOLER THAN ANYTHING IVE EVER DONE, THATS A FUCKING FLEX AND THE CRAZIEST DREAM COME TRUE, FUCKKKK,” said Tyler.
Experience his colorful vision and range of emotions.