MY FAVORITE SONG: December 6th, 2015
Tyler, The Creator - “AssMilk Ft. Earl Sweatshirt” (Bastard)
It feels as if I’ve grown up right alongside Odd Future. Tyler, The Creator and Domo Genesis are a year older than me, Earl Sweatshirt is two years younger, Hodgy Beats is two years older and the rest of the group fits just about everywhere else in between.
I found out about them through the Coachella lineup in 2011. I actually wrote a series on my blog back then titled 40 Days of Coachella, where I wrote a short paragraph about an artist a day leading up to Coachella weekend. I did it so that not only my followers could get familiar with the artists, but so I could. On Day 21, I wrote about OFWGKTA. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but it was truly a journey to see the rise of the Odd Future empire.
The very first time I saw Odd Future was actually back in 2010 during a party in late December at Ryan’s house. Some of Ryan and Jesse’s friends from Eastlake came over and they took over the music playing responsibilities. They played and cycled through a bunch of Odd Future songs. I didn’t pay much attention to the music, but I did remember watching the video for “Earl” and thinking it sounded demented, but cool.
Musically, I ventured through the mixtape Earl first, then Bastard. The first thing I noticed was that Tyler, The Creator’s voice was so deep. He reminded me of the “Unforgivable” guy. I immediately recognized the humor/genius in Tyler’s off-handish remarks and fantasies. Of course, I was 19 years old at the time and fresh out of high school so everything catered to my age group. Regardless, I followed Tyler and Earl through interviews and articles and was genuinely inspired by their attitudes and mindset toward music.
Listening to “AssMilk,” I could’ve swore Tyler was some 28-year-old guy with a beard, and I imagined him to look like how MC Ride actually looks. To my surprise, Odd Future was a group of skater kids, like me, who felt they were “too white for the black kids and too black for the whites.” It’s that weird middle ground that I have to say I could relate to.
I wasn’t offended by their lyrics, and I could see Tyler’s point when he equated his storytelling to that of a Quentin Tarantino. I figured out Tyler produced a lot of his beats using Reason, a program that I was just starting to use around the exact same time. Needless to say, his production inspired a ton of my beats and I figured out how to manipulate the program to make it my own. About 2 months after I saw them live at Coachella, I released my first mixtape (on my birthday, actually).
Tyler, Earl and Odd Future played heavily into my early music making days, as well as fashion, artistic direction, music videos, and more. I will get into my history with Odd Future in another post, surely sooner rather than later…