Odd Future on Fallon: What the hell happened?

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Tyler The Creator and Hodgy Beats from LA shock rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night. If you know anything about the group, it will come as no surprise that the performance was four minutes of sheer pandemonium, culminating in Tyler jumping on Fallon's back and Mos Def screaming "SWAG! SWAG! AHHHHHH!" with his nose practically touching the camera. Watch the clip below.

There was some speculation about what song Odd Future would perform on the show, given that the content of everything they've ever made is horrifically, graphically inappropriate for network television. They went with "Sandwitches," a song that involves the word fuck four times in the first ten seconds in its original form. The TV edit still would have been pretty appalling to watch with your mom (the line "Screw the mask I want that girl to know it's me" stayed). They brought with them a girl dressed as a horror movie spectre and, for some reason, a gnome, and Tyler did not miss the opportunity to scare the shit out of Fallon's guests. And as insane as this whole thing was, as much conversation as it will generate, we think it was a bad idea for everyone involved.

Odd Future are treading dangerously close to the mainstream at this point. Tyler signed a one-album deal with XL and just appeared on NBC. We are never opposed to artists getting recognition for their work, but in this particular case, it seems to undermine the whole point of Odd Future. If their amoral music has a redeeming quality, it is that it forces people out of their comfort zones. But in a world where the internet allows popularity and relevance to be self-fulfilling prophecies, we wind up elevating a nineteen-year-old kid who raps about rape and calls everyone faggot.

We can understand why Mos Def and ?uestlove got so excited about this performance. There's no doubt that it was captivating, and music that making the older generations squirm has always been an invaluable process in the evolution of art. But what happens when the older generation decides to endorse it, even if they don't know why? This is sort of like a protest march where those in power join the protesters. What is everyone yelling about then? Bands like Odd Future need a force to push against, and without that, all that's left is ugliness.


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WESTWORD IS THE CANCER
WESTWORD IS THE CANCER

Odd Futre has talent, way more that pop stars who always sing about sugar drops and lolipopsĀ 

Subliminal Minded
Subliminal Minded

can people stop sayng "swag"?I swear, most of Odd Future's followers are some of the most ignorant asses I've ever had the displeasure of arguing with.The irony is.... most of the fans into OF are White boys from the suburbs who go to school.As far as older generations flipping out over OF (like Mos Def) they realize the age-old adage: "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".The music industry is ALWAYS looking for new controversy.It happened when a Jewish man backed N.W.A. Which is the only reason why "Fuck The Police" caused such an uproar. It happened when Marilyn Manson told everyone that "heaven is full of assholes". The most vile/vulgar/violent/rebellious entertainers are the only ones that matter to the music industry.People think that Odd Future is "their voice". "Its their time". "Young kids are tired of obeying shit". Well, thats cute, isn't it? Only problem is,... Odd Future didn't get to this level by themselves.

veggiebongrips
veggiebongrips

music is music you fuck.. you think your smart because your over analyzing the simple message OF is trying to send. FUCK EVERYONE. SWAG ME THE FUCK OUT.

Breecdavies
Breecdavies

This might be the best string of ignorant comments we've had in a while. DEATH TO SWAG

Joshua Hansen
Joshua Hansen

Selling Out Is SWAG AS FUCK. FUCK. Fuck Westword! Fuck Kiernan Maletsky! Fuck 2DopeBoyz! Free Earl! SWAG SWAG SWAG

Justin Romero
Justin Romero

"Best moment in TV." <-- ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY. Ahaha. SWAG!

Kid Hum
Kid Hum

Best moment in TV. I didn't read the article but thanks for posting this amazing footage. SWAG SWAG SWAG.

Mike G's Boodaddy
Mike G's Boodaddy

you're a faggot being mainstream famous is swagged the fuck out nigga

EverEndingStory
EverEndingStory

You completely miss the point. Odd Future doesn't need someone pushing against them. They already had someone pushing against them from the start. Mainstream rap. You said yourself, their redeeming quality is to force people out of their comfort zone. Now ask yourself, why is that redeeming? Because no other (popular) artists, especially in hip-hop, are doing that. They cater to the whims of mainstream society and side-step controversy. It is for this reason that Odd Future's controversy has meaning, and that is why they need a spotlight. They are opening the jammed flood-gates and allowing controversy to exist within mainstream music.

keubs
keubs

you sound like tipper gore talking about NWA. So long as you're advocating the censorship of someone's creative outlet, you undermine the entire purpose of having a creative outlet in the first place.

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