Saturday 18 June 2011


This is Tyler, The Creator's video for song 'Yonkers'. It encapsulated the dark, extreme style of OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All - or just Odd Future): the 60-strong hip-hop collective headed by Tyler himself. This song serves as a vent for frustrations, allowing the young rapper/producer to drop in some pretty out-there lyrics. My personal favourites being the opening line - "I'm a fuckin walking paradox, no I'm not, threesomes with a fuckin triceratops" - and something later on: "Stab bruno mars in his goddamn esophagus and won’t stop until the cops come in," delivered with as much rage and venom as it should be.

The beat is mean, nasty, relentless, suiting the content perfectly, accompanied by a long, heavy bass that, with its stop and start style, utilises the empty spaces as much as it does its own beefy sub sound. Synth comes in over the top like a soundtrack from a horror film, having a very uncanny fizzing sound to it. All of these elements, combined with the distinctive hardline rap spat out, or vomited, by Tyler - and even the freaky creepy video - create a wonderful hark back to horrorcore - a genre of hip-hop that (according to Wikipedia) "focuses primarily around horror-influenced topics that can include demons, self-harm, cannibalism, suicide, murder, and Satanism. The lyrics are often inspired by horror movies over moody, hardcore beats." So there.

However, Tyler has stated that he hates "when journalists tell us how we remind them of a younger version of some random-ass rap group from the ’90s that I’ve never heard of." They're just doing their own thing, and the comparison seems irrelevant - if he's never heard of them, then he can't be influenced by them, so what's the point of mentioning it?


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