Boomkat Product Review:
Chances are by now you’ve at least heard mention of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill ‘em All (aka OFWGKA), and if you’re familiar with the Golf Wang crew, then you’re probably on first name terms with their self-appointed frontman Tyler, the Creator. After a slew of free albums appearing on their irreverent blog in 2010 (including Tyler’s debut album ‘BASTARD’) the band have in the last couple of months gone from being indie darlings to near mainstream. Tyler destroyed middle America with his appearance on late-night chat show Jimmy Fallon, and with Kany West noting ‘Yonkers’ as the “best video of 2011” it seems the collective’s future is set. This track is a taster from Tyler’s forthcoming ‘Goblin’ full-length, and if it’s indicative of the quality then we’re in for a world-beater. Plenty of people will bandy about the term ‘horrorcore’ (much to Taylor’ dismay) and there are certainly horrific subjects on show here – hell even the video shows Tyler eating a cockroach and vomiting it back up, but there’s more to ‘Yonkers’ than mere shock. Through the distorted piano and twisted Neptunes-via-Company Flow beats there is a genuine sense that Tyler and his band of followers are offering something fresh to rap music as a whole; a punk irreverence that it has taken a good thirty years to reach. Listen, and be prepared to spend the next week downloading everything OFWGKA have ever touched. Unmissable.