Posted in hiphop | music on July 18, 2011

"I Hope The Crowd Is Fun Today, Cus When The Crowd Is Like, Just Standing There Like It's Some RnB Show, We Stop Caring. ENERGY NIGGUH WHAT" - Tyler

"But, It'll Mostly Be Older White Dudes With Glasses Figuring Out How Their 'Review' Is Gonna Turn Out. So Annoying. Fuck It" - Tyler

"Thanks So Much @pitchforkmedia . That Shit Was Fun And Hot As Fuck NIGGUH WHATS GOOD? But Really, You Elitist Assholes Are Awesome, Thanks." - Tyler

"Went And Gave The People Who Don't Like Us Some Cupcakes." - Tyler

cupcake photo by Tyler
Cupcakes

Odd Future played Pitchfork Music Festival on Sunday. As anticipated, groups were set up to educate people about the group and their offensive lyrical content. Odd Future in turn brought the "people who don't like them" cupcakes (pictured above). Thomas Conner of Chicago Sun Times writes...

Less than an hour before taking the stage in Chicago's Union Park, members of the group delivered boxes of cupcakes to the anti-violence organizations on site -- the same organizations manning booths and handing out paper fans containing domestic violence resource information specifically to counter what they saw as dangerous expressions of hate, violence and homophobia in Odd Future's music.

"They took some of the fans, too," said Amanda Wapiennik with Family Shelter Service. "One of them said, 'See, we're nice.' I said, 'We never said you weren't.' ... That's exactly the kind of dialogue and exchange we're looking for."

It was nice while it lasted.

Odd Future's set, at the height of Sunday's swelter, was rife with the usual foul language and appalling exhortations to violence and misogyny -- lots of "smack you, bitch," "f--- the police," "f---in' 'ho," happy tales of "punches to the stomach" and advice to "shoot that f---in' nigga, aim for the head," and I lost count of the number of times someone shouted "f---in' bitch!" -- even while they gave lip service to opposing voices. Group leader and breakout solo star Tyler the Creator, his left leg in a cast for a broken foot, said, "A big shoutout to the domestic violence groups out here." This came as the echo of the latest "f---in' bitch!" died away and right before the next song, "I Got a Gun (You Better Run)."

Shock tactics simply are in the young group's DNA, and the 15-song set was thick with the confrontation that's caused such a fuss all year around their mostly free online recordings and raucous live shows. Problem is, the shock and awe is all they brought. Odd Future knows how to engage a crowd with nasty talk, stage diving (even Tyler, in his cast) and the mystical bond between crowd and performer created by the middle finger, but musically the 45-minute set was a very average hip-hop show. (Big Boi, on this same stage and nearly same slot last year, brought so much more.)...

Ouch.

Our pictures from Saturday and Sunday at Pitchfork are on the way (Friday here). A tour announcement from Odd Future is also on the way, though we already know it includes Fun Fun Fun Fest. Syd The Kid will also be in NYC this Saturday.

Videos from Pitchfork and interview clips regarding the controversy below...

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Odd Future Controversy via Chicago Sun Times

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Comments (39)

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Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:18 AM

Sabre Humus Gonna Kill Them All

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:22 AM

I wonder where their next NYC show is going to be....

1) Webster Hall
2) ????

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:26 AM

Their set was terrible. Watched about 15-20 minutes of it out of curiosity, and it was just atrocious. Same immature, tired antics you see at any hip hop show. Everyone that was really into their set looked they were in high school.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:29 AM

Fat guy post
Old guy post
Austin post
Odd Future post
Fat guy post
Old guy post
Austin post
Odd Future post

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:30 AM

Both reviewer & BV neglected to mention Tyler's typically ignorant show-ending rant that the protesting groups could "suck his dick."

And even that review seems reluctant to really open up & call a spade:

Their show is FAR below average & they come off as total amateur hacks with nothing going on at all beyond the posturing. Embarrassing for the crowd & for Pitchfork, and time will not be kind to this fad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:34 AM

who you callin a spade?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:49 AM


Whose your A&R, a mountain climber who plays an electric guitar?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:53 AM

It would be interesting if someone did an article or post on some of the lawyer "rockstars" who helped make this festival so great. Their behind the scenes work deserves more attention...

Posted by Mitchfork | July 18, 2011 12:07 PM

Yeah, I guess I'd be pretty mad too if my parents named me Tyler

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:24 PM

Idiocracy = OFWGKTA + Planking and or Owling?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:25 PM

Go Odd Future, go Odd Future! Making fatter assed feminists through cupcakes since 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:53 PM

hoo oda da poke fwyed wice?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:56 PM

Odd Future is the future of music

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:22 PM

Eesa not "poke", eesa POK! Do I rook brack to yeeew?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:23 PM

Damn, only 15 comments. I guess this band isn't good for the troll-bait hit-generating type comments BV wants.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:34 PM

amateur hour'd

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:49 PM

12:25: "Idiocracy = OFWGKTA + Planking and or Owling?" feeding trough please.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:00 PM

Odd Future is becoming the change in the world for Idiocracy. Maybe Beef Supreme and Frito will come out and perform with them next.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:05 PM

white people watching black people calling the white people faggots.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:11 PM

you have to love how fake these kids are, talking about rape murder violence but the second something is thrown on stage they bounce, or when chris brown's people started with them they got scared and asked for peace.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:52 PM

I wish the older white dudes with glasses would stop supporting this garbage.

Even President Camacho would disapprove.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:58 PM

"white people watching black people calling the white people faggots."

Ha... so true (and pathetic).

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:07 PM

But the Odd Future lovers and the haters are both culled from the faggotmost of what Whitelandia has to offer. Truthiness, thy name is Odd Future.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:14 PM

"white people watching black people calling the white people faggots."

... and loving it!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:34 PM

Soooo... domestic violence is good???

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:44 PM

I still don't get how these chumps are any different from Insane Clown Posse. At least everyone agreed ICP was kind of a joke.

Pitchfork is like the Fox News of the music biz. The power they have to make people believe certain bands are talented / relevant / important is both scary and tragic.

Posted by Drugs | July 18, 2011 4:24 PM

^Hell yeah it's good!
Now go back in the kitchen and make my dinner bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 4:27 PM

You know you've hit the hip-hop apex when black people don't give a shit about your music.

Be careful Odd Future, those "crackers" you love to talk shit about are the only ones buying your albums. White guilt does have its limits.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:33 PM

What nefarious entity puts the stupid ideas in your empty head, 4:24?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:13 PM

Drugs at 4:24 you are dead on. Bravo.
Once we begin to realize that opinions as to what music is good is simply manufactured, then we can turn this shit around and demand quality. Pitchfork is the new generations MTV.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:21 PM

@ 5:33

so does piss-poor taste in 'music'.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:49 PM

Someone should tell Tyler that without older white dudes with glasses no one would know who he is

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 11:07 AM

Their cupcakes probably sucked as much as their set. I am tired of people thinking these guys are talented. There lyrics are lazy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 9:39 PM

4: 24 is out of it...
I was there...odd future sucked...could only take 15 minutes, it's just not good music...comes across like amateur shock tactics....opted for shabazz palaces instead...much better choice

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 11:28 AM

Most of you probably supported odd future when you first heard of them a few months ago and now that they are getting recognition from anti-violence and Gay rights groups as well as mainstream coverage you all say that they are the worst thing to happen to music. Odd Future are ok but they're not that terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:55 PM

rap is like tv, at its best it still stucks. when you dis rap you dis yoself

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:17 PM

Faggots.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 10:09 AM

you ought to know, 10:09. you've blown enough of them by now.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 10:38 AM

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