Tyler, The Creator is talented. He writes, directs, and produces almost all of his material and seems to be constantly improving and growing as an artist. He also designs all of the Odd Future apparel, which is impressive in its own right (I think he brags about selling socks on the album, rightfully so, but still a rap first)*. His newest album Wolf, which will be out this Tuesday, leaked about a week early, and after a couple of spins, I have to say it’s not great, but maybe that’s because Tyler’s matured as a writer–depending less on shock lyrics and more on storytelling and introspection–and as a producer–embodying the likes of his heroes, The Neptunes and even Toro y Moi. It’s an experiment of growth that might not see its potential until the next album. Still, it’s a necessary next step for an artist at the beginning of his career. “IFHY” is a highlight of the album and even features Pharrell (of The Neptunes). The video treatment is vintage Tyler (under the moniker Wolf Haley) in that it’s an endlessly creative mindfuck.
*He also designs his own album covers and has a TV show, but I got tired of listing stuff.
Ah, the magic that can happen when two stoners combine forces. It’s not exactly a surprise that Wiz and Domo “Mr. Smoke a Lot of Pot” Genesis love their marijuana, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that these two finally came together to make some music.
There was potential for a slight beef when Wiz released his album “Rolling Papers” after Domo had already released his “Rolling Papers” mixtape, but the two have apparently put it in their past.
It’s really cool seeing Wolf Gang members starting to work with bigger names, and this is definitely a trend that will continue…I, for one, am completely anticipating some work between Tyler and Kanye. Call it a longshot–I call it inevitable. Kanye loves pushing buttons and pushing boundaries, and Tyler is clearly well rehearsed in those two departments.
Can you imagine the kind of shit they’d put out together? Sound off in the comments if you foresee any other upcoming collaborations with OF members, and let me know how you feel about Domo working with Wiz.
Can’t be a king if you’ve got a castle made of sand/ I take it bit by bit, I’m gonna make it stand/ These niggas never had a chance/ Snowball effect, keep it rollin’ make it avalanche
Cardo on the beat.
Taylor Gang. Wolf Gang. Baw baw baw.
I think New Year’s Eve and Day can be split into two things: one great big fucking party and a time to reflect and start over. This Friday At Five is one great big fucking party. It’s filled with some of my favorite bangers from the year as well as a few new funky tracks. Huh. Maybe this New Year’s Eve will get weird. Stream the songs below and play this shit at midnight, like TV shows with boobies.
1. “Ready 2 Go (ft. Kele)” – Martin Solveig
2. “Pieces of You (Baby Monster Remix)” – Wolf Gang
3. “Something for the Weekend” – Ben Westbeech
4. “I’m Gonna Steal Your Date” – Mike and Cody
5. “Nobody’s In Love (Xaphoon Jones Remix)” – 2AM Club
6. “Irish Celebration” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
And what NYE playlist is complete without this Grammy-snubbed song, which has actually–believe it or not–has had a grand effect on my life (a story for another day…seriously).
7. “Big Booty Bitches” – A Lost People
Oh, and I kind of promised a friend that I’d post this video here. It’s his new rap song. Pretty dope.
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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