Odd Future played Pitchfork, gave anti-violence organizations cupcakes
“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
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.)…
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…
Odd Future Controversy via Chicago Sun Times