OFWGKTA - The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2
Hip hop crew's major label debut impressive but dogged by usual obsessions
Declared ‘the future of the music business’, controversial young California alternative hip hop crew OFWGKTA – aka Odd Future – make their major label debut off the back of a reputation forged through mix-tapes and bad behaviour. With major label solo efforts from members Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean and MellowHype set to follow, it’s as if the lunatics are taking over the asylum.
A typically quality-control-free spurt of hyper-creativity, The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 is impressive but fatally flawed. No matter how strange, sinister, inventive and box fresh the production, not least on standouts ‘Forest Green’ and ‘Rella’, Odd Future’s collective obsession – ironic or otherwise – with violence, bitches and fellatio makes them sound depressingly commonplace in a genre hardly wanting for horny, casually misogynistic haters. If they’re going to change music, they need to change the record first.