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Odd Future, also known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, OF, OFWG or OFWGKTA, is an American music collective formed in Los Angeles in 2007. The original members are Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy, Left Brain, Casey Veggies, The Super 3 (Matt Martians and Pyramid Vritra), and Jasper Dolphin. Later members included Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Frank Ocean, Taco Bennett and Syd tha Kyd.
Odd Future self-released their debut mixtape, The Odd Future Tape, in 2008, as well as various solo and collaborative projects over the subsequent years. The collective first gained widespread attention in 2011 mainly due to the success of Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean's careers. Odd Future released their debut studio album, The OF Tape Vol. 2, in 2012. Aside from music, Odd Future has an Adult Swim comedy skit show called Loiter Squad , as well as a clothing line.
2007–2010: Founding, early releases and rise in popularity
Odd Future was formed in 2007 in Los Angeles by Tyler, the Creator (Tyler Okonma) along with Hodgy (Gerald Long), Left Brain (Vyron Turner), Pyramid Vritra (Hal Williams), Matt Martians (Matthew Martin) and Jasper Dolphin (Davon Wilson). Tyler initially intended Odd Future to be a magazine. Much of the collective's early music was recorded in a room of Syd tha Kyd and Taco's South-Central Los Angeles home, known as The Trap. In early 2008, Casey Veggies released Customized Greatly, Vol. 1, featuring Tyler on a few tracks. On November 15, 2008, Odd Future released their debut mixtape, The Odd Future Tape.
On July 7, 2009, Hodgy released his debut mixtape, The Dena Tape . On December 25, 2009, Tyler released his debut mixtape, Bastard. In 2008-2009, Chicago-based rapper Brandun DeShay joined the collective, and appeared on the song "Session" by Tyler on Bastard.
Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Mike G, and Frank Ocean joined the group between 2009 and 2010. The group completed a two-stop tour, both being their first shows outside Los Angeles. One being in London on November 5, 2010, and another in New York City on November 8, 2010. Their concerts have been compared to punk rock shows, with stagediving, moshing, and group members antagonizing the crowd. Earl Sweatshirt's debut mixtape, Earl, was released on March 31, 2010. MellowHype's debut mixtape, YelloWhite, was released on February 24, 2010, and their second mixtape, BlackenedWhite was also released in 2010. Domo Genesis released his debut mixtape, Rolling Papers on August 30, 2010, and Mike G released a mixtape, Ali, in 2010. The collective also released their second mixtape, Radical, near the middle of 2010. Lionel Boyce joined Odd Future during late 2010 to early 2011. Also some time during 2010 or early 2011, Pyramid Vritra lost connections with most of the Odd Future members because he was forced to move back to Georgia after Matt Martians, his roommate and fellow group member, got evicted from his house. However, he was able to reconnet with the group, and stay in the collective.
2011–2014: Solo releases, The OF Tape Vol. 2 and Loiter Squad
MellowHype re-released BlackenedWhite through Fat Possum Records.[when?] Frank Ocean self-released his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, on February 16, 2011 . Tyler, the Creator signed a one-album deal with XL Recordings and released his debut album, Goblin, on May 10, 2011. They gained a cult following, and received press attention from blogs and magazines. In April 2011, the group signed a deal with RED Distribution and Sony Music Entertainment to start their own label, Odd Future Records. On August 2, 2011, Odd Future announced the Golf Wang Tour 2011 on their website. The tour included 27 stops, beginning on September 28, 2011 in San Diego, California at the House of Blues.
On September 8, 2011, it was announced that Odd Future would be making a television show called Loiter Squad. The show was announced to be a sketch comedy show featuring various skits and pranks and originally aired on March 25, 2012 on Adult Swim. The show featured Tyler, Jasper, Taco, Earl and Lionel as main cast members, with other members of Odd Future making cameo appearances. The program was produced by Dickhouse Productions, which is also the production company for the TV series Jackass.
On October 3, 2011, Tyler, the Creator tweeted a link to iTunes with a compilation album of songs from artists within the group such as Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Mike G, The Jet Age of Tomorrow, MellowHype, The Internet, and Tyler himself. The album is simply named 12 Odd Future Songs, despite having 13 tracks, including three new releases from The Internet, Mike G and MellowHype. On March 20, 2012, the collective released their debut studio album, The OF Tape Vol. 2, as a sequel to the original mixtape, The Odd Future Tape. On the same day, Earl Sweatshirt, who was absent from Odd Future from June 2010 until February 2012 due to attending boarding school in Samoa, first performed with the group at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Frank Ocean released his debut studio album, Channel Orange, on July 10, 2012. Other solo releases for the second half of 2012 included Domo Genesis's No Idols with The Alchemist, released on August 1, 2012, and MellowHype's Numbers, released on October 9, 2012. On December 5, 2012 it was announced Frank Ocean was nominated for six awards at the 2013 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year for "Thinkin Bout You" and Album of the Year for Channel Orange.
On April 2, 2013, Tyler, the Creator released his second studio album, Wolf, which received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 89,895 copies in the United States. Earl Sweatshirt released his debut studio album. Tyler and Earl also went on an EarlWolf Summer Tour in 2013.
In June 2014, Frank Ocean left Odd Future management, 4 Strikes. In May 2014, the third season of Loiter Squad premiered. Earl, Tyler, Jasper, Taco, and L-Boy did an in-depth interview for HuffPost Live.[when?] On August 11 and August 12, 2014, Odd Future opened up for Eminem at Wembley Stadium, London..
On September 12, 2014, the Odd Future radio station premiered on Dash Radio, which was released the month before by DJ Skee. The station featured a live playlist, special links such as "Taco Tuesday" (also repeated on Fridays) and coverage of live events, such as the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, also hosted by Odd Future.
2015–present: Focus on solo careers and speculation of new projects
On January 18, 2015, Hodgy Beats stated that MellowHype will not release another project, but he and Left Brain will continue to make music together. Hodgy stated in an interview, "Nah, we ain't breaking up. Nah, this ain't no weirdo shit. It's just some real shit. It's a refocus. Going from boys to men this is what it is. So it's either understand it, 'cause it will be explained–cry about it, talk shit, applaud us–we still moving."
"OFWGKTA" was listed on the bill for Tyler, the Creator's 4th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. The line-up that performed included Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Mike G and Left Brain. Tyler and Earl were not included in the set due to Tyler already having a solo show and Earl being busy.
Some rumors began to circulate in August–September 2016 about the group working together musically again after a picture was taken of Tyler, Earl, Syd, Jasper, Taco, and Matt Martians together at the Afropunk Festival. Tyler and Earl performed as EarlWolf again for the first time in years.
On August 8, 2018, Taco posted a series of four 15-second videos on his Instagram story, showing an Odd Future concert taking place at The Low End Theory club in Los Angeles, as the club's final show. Odd Future members who attended the show included Tyler, Earl, Taco, Jasper, Syd, Hodgy, and Mike G. They performed well known tracks such as "Orange Juice", "Rella", and "Sandwitches".
On November 10, 2019, DeShay reunited with the group, and performed with them at a concert in Sacremento, where the group performed "Session", "TrashWang", "Oldie", and "Tina".
On February 17, 2020, Tyler confirmed Odd Future was still together, but had no current plans for new music.
- Tyler, the Creator – rapper, singer, producer, music video director, designer (2007–present)
- Hodgy (Hodgy Beats) – rapper, producer (2007–present)
- Casey Veggies – rapper (2007–present)
- Left Brain – producer, DJ, rapper (2007–present)
- Pyramid Vritra – producer, rapper (2007–2012, 2013–present)
- Jasper Dolphin – rapper, hypeman (2007–present)
- Earl Sweatshirt – rapper, producer, DJ (2009–present)
- Domo Genesis – rapper, DJ (2009–present)
- Mike G – rapper, DJ (2009–present)
- "Taco" Bennett – music video director, rapper, DJ, hypeman (2009–present)
- BrandUn DeShay – producer, rapper (2008–2010, 2019–present)
- Lucas Vercetti – hypeman (2011–present), store merchandise (2011–2013)
- Frank Ocean – singer, producer, rapper (2010–present)
- Na-Kel Smith – skateboarder, occasional rapper, hypeman (2010–present)
- Lionel Boyce (L-Boy) – TV writer & producer, hypeman (2011–present)
- Syd (Syd tha Kyd) – singer, producer, DJ (2008–present)
- Matt Martians – producer, singer (2007–present)
- Luis "Pancho" Perez ��� cinematographer (2012–2015)
- Julian Berman – photographer (2011–present)
- Eddy "Legohead" – photographer (2010–present), store merchandise (2011–2013)
- Sagan Lockhart – skater, photographer, hypeman (2010–2015)
- The Internet (2011–present)
- The Jet Age of Tomorrow (2007–2013, 2017-present)
- The Super D3Shay (2008–2010)
- MellowHype (2007–2015-present)
- Left Brain
- MellowHigh (2011–present)
- I Smell Panties (2008)
- EarlWolf (2009–present)
- TTDD (2010)
- Sweaty Martians (2012–2014)
- Hog Slaughta Boyz (2015)
- Trashwang (2012–2014)
Controversies and incidents
Odd Future was scheduled to appear at the February 2014 Rapture Festival in Auckland, New Zealand, as a supporting act to Eminem. The group was not on the original bill, but was substituting for Kendrick Lamar after the concert had been sold out. A campaign was launched by an anti-violence group to prevent Odd Future performing, based partly on prior occurrences of the group supposedly inciting violence by their fans towards members of the public, and by the group's lyrics allegedly supporting rape and violence towards women. Immigration New Zealand canceled the visa of some group members because of alleged acts of inciting violence.
Tyler's UK ban has since been lifted, concurring with his show in London to promote his fifth studio album, Igor. However, his show was forcibly cancelled by police after they voiced their safety concerns, saying that it was "overcrowded" and "too rowdy".
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|The OF Tape Vol. 2||
- 12 Odd Future Songs (2011)
Awards and nominations
|2011||O Music Awards||Best Web-Born Artist||Nominated|
|MTV2 Sucker Free Awards||Best Crew of 2011||Nominated|
|2013||NME Awards||Best International Band||Nominated|
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