It’s Sunday night. The Oscars just ended. I just had the beautiful realization that I live on the West Coast, so when I say The Oscars just ended, it’s only 8:45 PM. What better time to go digging through the music I discovered this weekend to pick the top 5? Part of me hopes you don’t read this until Monday, so we can all get our weeks started the right way. But then again…some people say weeks start on Sunday. I say those people are stupid.
1. “Mississippi” – The Griswolds
Young Australian band The Griswolds were just introduced to me today, and I’m already digging them. Tell me this beat doesn’t get you excited right off the bat. I’m going to be sure to keep my eyes on these guys.
You’re making a mess of me…
2. “I’ll Never Know” – Charli XCX
I’ll be honest. When I first heard of Charli XCX, I wasn’t into her. At all. I told myself I would ignore her rising popularity among the bloggers and refrain from posting her music on the site, because it would go against the morals of only posting music that I truly love. But then she won me over, damnit. It’s poppy as hell, but it’s catchy. And it’s cool. And tropical. I want to be on the beach drinking a pina colada. How is this goth chick making me want to be on a beach? Ugh, life is so twisted.
I feel like I’ve been slacking on posting hip-hop lately. Trust me, it’s weird to me too. That’s why I started this blog in the first place. But sometimes I’m in a different place and need different music. Today, though, I’m here to share some quality hip-hop from Odd Future’s very own Hodgy Beats. He just released a mixtape and I have a feeling it’s going to be getting multiple spins on my end. [via TV]
4. “Already Gone” – Milano Sun
I never cease to be amazed by the Scandinavian bands that pop up left and right as though they’re here to take over the world of music. Today it’s Milano Sun doing this for me. This song is so intriguing–the low bass line, the surf-like sounds, the whistling, the acoustic guitar–these noises are coming at me from all angles and every single one of them is drawing me in further and further. Love it.
It’s always exciting to see that a new M. Ward track has come out. He’s one of the more unique-sounding indie artists I’ve heard in my day, with that raspy voice that’s always paired with such enjoyable background music. Today’s song is no different than the usual–catchy, fun instrumentals set to the tune of M. Ward’s alluring voice–and I’m loving it just as much as I expected. [via ATG]
So it’s safe to say Tyler and the guys from Odd Future are pretty damn stoked about this video–Tyler’s been mentioning for days that it’s amazing, and leading into it today he said that it’s the best work he’s ever done. So, when Kanye West tweets your “Yonkers” video saying it’s the best video of 2011 and you go and say “Fuck that video, this is the best shit I’ve ever done” ya know, sets some pretty damn high expectations.
So yeah, big expectations. And then to say that your video ought to get you to the level of Spike Jonze? Hmm. This must be good right? (PS, too many tweet screenshots…doing it anyway. Fuck it.)
So this one’s going to be big. Still haven’t actually watched it yet…we’ll get to that later in the post. But anyways, to preface the video for those of you unaware, this is the first music we will hear from Odd Future’s upcoming OF Tape Vol. 2, a collaborative effort from the rap collective. We’ve seen pictures of Tyler with Pharrell, Kanye, etc. so it should be pretty crazy to see what they release as the first single. Also, the possibility of hearing new, polished music from Earl Sweatshirt (not that shitty “Home” he released the other day…sorry Thebe, that just doesn’t cut it for me) is really exciting to me. Oooohhhh the possiblities.
I’m going to watch the video now! Yippee.
Oh, wow. This is absurd and extraordinary, in a way only Odd Future can ever be. Absurd as in Tyler is a centaur and extraordinary as in “goddamn that production is unbelievable and Hodgy, Domo and Tyler, the Centaur just killed that.”
In terms of this being the first single, I couldn’t be more excited to hear what I’m hearing and see what I’m seeing. Odd Future has progressed, certainly, but they have not changed what makes them them. They are still Odd, and their music is still the future of hip hop.
Ludicrous video–shouts to Luis Perez on the camera and Tara Razavi with the production, and of course the glorious Wolf Haley with the direction.
Question–how do they cast people for roles like this? Like “your daughters got the role! They’re going to play Hanky Panky and then Hodgy is going to ejaculate a lazer on her and turn her into a cat! It will be great and really advance their careers, I promise!”
I’m not sure this touches Yonkers, but I love this. Can’t wait for the album to drop.
Money in my pockets like I’m 45, Hodgy Beats recording live
Two days ago, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain of Odd Future, known together as MellowHype, released the visuals to 64. 64 is off of BlackenedWhite, which received an official re-release the day this video dropped.
I’ve been following Odd Future for a while now, so I got BlackenedWhite when it first came out. It’s an awesome
mixtape album collection of songs and really distinguishes MellowHype as one of the best offsprings of OF.
Left Brain produced the entirety of BlackenedWhite, most of which has dark, raw production.
I guess this is the kind of video one would expect from Odd Future: crazy eyed, snakes crawling, rolling joints with pages from the Bible…when it comes to OF, expect the unexpected.
Anyways, the concept for this video was created by Hodgy and the video itself was directed by Matt Alonzo.
SUPER dope visuals.
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Daumier Genesis just boosted his ranking in the Odd Future clan very quickly with this track. To be honest, I haven’t listened to much of his stuff before this, and now I am absolutely going to go through his music in my library.
The production in this track is really cool and unique. Super creepy sample in the beginning, kind of a Twilight Zone-esque horror movie clip. I love the whining sound in the production. I don’t even really know how else to describe it, but you’ll recognize it at the beginning of the song. Domo goes really hard, with a mean, scowling flow. His first line is one of my favorite lines of the entire song:
What the fuck is being humble about? I got the flows
And the shows and the hoes and the clout, so what you talkin’ about?
There’s been a lot of tweeting going around in the Odd Future clan talking about some upcoming release from Domo that is apparently, and not surprisingly, unbelievable.
Hodgy provides a dope verse and some added lyricism. My favorite line? FREE EARL FROM THE FUCKING SAMOANS.
Ever since I got my crew, David and Clancy to manage it
And cuttin’ through these tracks, Domo providin’ the bandages
Wolf Haley torch the flamethrower
Mike G, bitches askin’ him for money like he is the bank owner
Left Brain extract bitches mind and give ’em left brain
Soft synths, hard drums, give your bird chest pains
Ask Syd where we at, she tell you where we goin’
To free Earl from the fuckin’ Samoans
Check out the lyrical description on Rap Genius–those guys run shit.
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As a music blogger, I feel that it is my duty to keep all of you aware of the up-and-coming artists in the industry. The list of rising stars, the up-at-bats, the talent on deck, if you will. So started the monthly feature on Sunset in the Rearview called Artists on the Dashboard, which shines light on three artists to keep on your radar for the month; artists who have shown the talent, the drive, and the willpower to be a star. Keep your eye out for these features, and next thing you know, your friend will be telling you about this amazing new artist, and you’ll be able to say, ‘Dude…I knew about them almost a year ago.’ No more worrying about taking the time to seem cool, we’ll do all of the work for you. Check back every month to see which three artists made the cut.
2011 has been churning out some killer artists. I’ve been posting a lot of hip hop music, because that genre is really throwing some curveballs my way. Two curveballs are included in this episode of Artists on the Dashboard. All together, this month I present to you Childish Gambino, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Odd Future (aka OFWGKTA).
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Right now, Tyler, the Creator (@fucktyler), Hodgy Beats (@KILLHodgy), and Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (@ofwgkta) might be my favorite hip hop group. They’re outrageous, they’re unprecedented, they’re revolutionary. I really don’t know how else to put it. It has an effect on me like no other music has ever had.
Let me recant you with a story from this morning: I had Kid Cudi level night terrors, and slept terribly. Woke up, my ass was beyond tired. I threw on “Sandwitches” and “Yonkers.” By the middle of Sandwitches, I was literally jumping around my room punching invisible objects screaming “WOLF GANG WOLF GANG WOLF GANG,” like a possessed human being. Truly overtook me. Some of you may think I’m crazy for that, but I’m confident some of you out there will know exactly what I mean. And the thing is, so do so many other artists out there. HUGE artists. Kanye West himself tweeted this last night, linking to Tyler, the Creator’s video for “Yonkers.”
Just days after Kanye’s own “All of the Lights” video drops, and he’s calling a 19 year old’s video the “video of 2011?” That’s unprecedented for the egomaniac that is ‘Ye. That might be the realest support you can get. Truly, unprecedented. Esquire did a great little article explaining the madness that is OFWGKTA. Some of the most notable snippets:
Who the fk are Odd Future? The leader of the group is a 19 year-old named Tyler, or Tyler The Creator. The second-most prominent of the group is a rapper named Hodgy Beats. The rest of the group splinter off into sub-groups. The youngest member is Earl Sweatshirt, who was recently sent away to boarding school by his parents.
What the fk is the big deal about Odd Future? Imagine the most belligerent, psychotic, damaged, and mischievous teenagers you’ve never wanted to meet. Pair them with ounces of charisma, an SAT-ready vocabulary, and rap records. You end up with their mixtapes, which have involved raps about drugs, sex, rape, anarchy, Freudian damage, epic self-consciousness, and a purview of the world mostly involving nihilism, anarchy, and obscenities as vocally nutritious content.
They’re making all of this noise and one of their members is getting sent away to boarding school by his parents? Really? Damn. These kids have a whole lot of future in front of them if they’re making this much noise and they’re young enough to be sent away by their parents.
Anyway, this is a video of them performing on Fallon. ?uestlove’s on the drums, and he’s been all about Tyler and his group recently, tweeting about them seemingly everyday. Tyler, before the concert, said “I want to scare the fuck out of old white fucking people that live in Middle fucking America.” Well, mission accomplished I’m sure. By far the most entertaining late night performance I have ever seen in my entire life. They absolutely OWN the stage, own the show, and blow the crowd away. Look at Mos Def absolutely lose his shit at the end. “Swag! Swag! Afhosaihgiwegaighawigoiwehgiow!!!!”
To put it simply, OFWGKTA makes people lose their minds, and I love it.