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Music News: Did a Member Of Odd Future Slaps Photographer?

A few hours after allegations hit the ‘net of Odd Future member, Left Brain, “slapping” photographer Amy Harris, the group’s rep tells Billboard.com’s The Juice that there is “no truth to the accusation.” source: billboard.com

“There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet,” Odd Future’s rep tells Billboard.com’s The Juice. “It’s no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows. [It's] simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes there fans would have instead. After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times (as they’ve done before) Vyron (Leftbrain) took a swipe at a few cameras, NOT people. To manipulate the situation [and] to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative”

The controversial hip-hop collective, Odd Future, may have taken a step too far based on a freelance photographer’s latest accusations.

During a performance at New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience on Sunday (Oct. 30), Odd Future member Left Brain, aka Vyron Turner, reportedly threw water and shoved photographers when Tyler, the Creator spoke on his dislike towards concert photographers for blocking access to fans. Tyler’s speech isn’t new to Odd Future concert-goers.

Article: Jeremiah Tucker: Tyler gives hip hop true controversy, not Common by Joe Hadsall

JOPLIN, Mo. — Tyler, the Creator: “Goblin” Rating: C

I’m so happy rap is controversial again because at least it means it’s not dead. Fox News is objecting to Common, an uncommonly milquetoast rapper who has appeared on “Seasme Street” and GAP commercials, reading poetry at the White House, and the 20-year-old rapper Tyler, the Creator just released the most notoriously offensive album of the year, igniting all manner of debates about offensive art.

When I first wrote (favorably) about Tyler here it was sometime last year after I’d listened to “Bastard,” the album he released online that first brought him and his hip-hop collective Odd Future wider notice. But recently, with the media avalanche in anticipation of his first studio-released album “Goblin” out last week, Tyler has been nigh inescapable for anyone who follows music in print or online, but he’s not a household name.

So in the interest of public service, here’s what you need to know about Tyler, the Creator in order to decide if he’s the right replacement for Justin Bieber in your teenager’s heart.

• He’s a smart kid, a savant at music production, graphic design and Internet marketing, as well as an above average rapper

• His lyrics are misogynistic and homophobic with heavy doses of hyperbolic violence and bravado.There are numerous references to rape, including one notorious line about raping a pregnant woman so he can brag about having a threesome. All this vileness is padded with an incessant stream of profanity. Tyler works very hard to earn that parental advisory sticker.

• He also writes confessional lyrics about having suicidal thoughts, his loneliness, being misunderstood and his absentee father, often undercutting them with self-consciously deprecating lines about being “emo.”

I think that’s everything. Oh, wait:

• He also uses the word “swag” a lot.

On “Goblin,” Tyler’s deliberately shocking sentiments compliment his more reserved moments of self-reflection or, more accurately, self-absorption. Like “Bastard,” the conceit that ties the album together is an ongoing conversation Tyler has with his “therapist,” who is played by Tyler with his voice digitally pitched to a lower register.

Unlike anything I can recall hearing, “Goblin” puts you inside the headspace of a sulky teenage boy with all its attendant nihilism and overblown angst. The problem is that it’s an often repellent place to be for 74 minutes.

If I were still a teen boy, I can imagine loving this album — especially “Radicals,” a triumphant and anarchic 7-minute track that rests at the intersection of punk and hip hop. Over a snarling beat with entropic synth swirls, Tyler screams the album’s mission statement, which is, minus the cursing, “kill people, burn stuff, forget school.”

In the song’s quieter passages, Tyler explains he’s not telling kids to commit crimes, but rather encouraging them to do whatever they want and to stand for whatever they believe in and that he is an “expletive unicorn.” But for me, a decade on from being 19, this bluntness just elicits an eye roll, although I like the unicorn bit.

Similarly, I don’t get much of a thrill from listening to long passages about violating women. I understand there is a thrill to being transgressive — it’s central to the teen experience — but nothing in these violent fantasies are interesting enough to make me revisit them for pleasure. (I’m thinking especially of “Transylvania” and the incredibly dumb fellatio track with the unprintable name.)

At other times it’s less the offensiveness, and the sheer exhausting claustrophobia of being trapped in a monotonous slog through Tyler’s psychodramas. But when Tyler strikes that balance between inventiveness and nastiness, it’s thrilling.

The first singles “Yonkers” and “Sandwitches” are among my favorite songs of the year simply because the beat knocks and they’re among the few moments on “Goblin” where Tyler gets out of his own way. “She,” featuring Odd Future’s R&B crooner Frank Ocean, is catchy enough that it makes you grapple with the macabre misogyny of vintage Eminem that caps it.

“Analog,” “Her” and the opener “Goblin” are also worth engaging. But I doubt I’ll revisit much else on “Goblin.”

One of my favorite bits of music criticism is from the comedian Hannibal Buress, who said this about gangsta rap: “Gangsta rappers always talk about shooting people and killing but they still stick to the song structure like perfectly. Like, ‘Yeah, I will talk about killing more, but that was the 16th bar and we got to go to the chorus now. I want to be a marketable murderer.’”

That insight cuts to the deliberate artifice of a lot of rap, and while not much on “Goblin” adheres to a traditional pop structure, the album’s controversial subject matter has certainly garnered it an avalanche of publicity for an indie rap album. I suspect in the future Tyler will be confident enough to rely more on his obvious skills as a musician and rapper and less on trolling gimmicks to build his fan base.



MUSIC NEWS: Fans Throw Bottles At Odd Future During A Show In Detroit.

Article: Bruno Mars Replies To Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers” Diss by STEVEN J. HOROWITZ

B.o.B previously released a diss track at the OFWGKTA leader, but Bruno Mars is taking a cooler approach.
Tyler, The Creator has been stirring up controversy, recently blasting B.o.B and Bruno Mars for their hit “Airplanes” on his single “Yonkers.” After Bobby Ray released the response track “No Future,” the “Grenade” crooner has responded to the young rapper.

On “Yonkers,” Tyler threatens to “stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus.” Turns out, he isn’t the only one trying to stop Bruno’s movement.

“[Tyler] has to wait in line if he wants to stab me,” he told Spin.com. “[Tyler's] definitely not the first guy that’s said something like that to me and he’s not going to be the last.”

B.o.B didn’t find Tyler as funny. On “Yonkers,” Tyler proclaims, “I’ll crash that fucking airplane that that faggot nigga B.o.B is in,” eliciting a diss track titled “No Future” where he spits, “Keep fucking with me, you ain’t gonna have no future.” Tyler took it in jest, tweeting, “I’ve never heard him spit like that. […] Took me by surprise, cus it’s tight.”



Article: Rakim Says Hip-Hop Needs Some Renovation by JT LANGLEY

A return to the roots has been a topic in hip-hop ever since the 90s Mafioso crossover back when, and though it’s an up-and-down argument as to how the genre needs to reinvent itself with the past in mind, massive renovation has yet to take place in the general mainstream. Artists have talked here and there, and some have listened, but Rakim, the emcee who most will say is the greatest to ever touch bars, from ’87 with Eric B, to The Seventh Seal in 2009, shared some words to the public in a recent interview with The Guardian on the topic.

“It’s hard,” Rakim said. “The conscious level is definitely low and the substance of the music is so much lighter, but you have to understand the game is young in new places. It’s still growing…We really need some of that consciousness, that fly on the wall that watches over us and comments. I like B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco a lot, they’re both exploring the music, but I don’t see a lot of artistry out there.”

I’m done talking about Odd Future in individual articles, but they’re a major player under Rakim’s words, being that they are the youngest mainstream music makers at the moment, along with [name your favorite gangster rapper of the 2000s], and your Lil Bs, Guccis, and Waka Flockas. And you can stretch it far beyond that.

Hip-hop’s holding some roots and making some major steps forward in style, but they don’t seem to be stretching back to remember The Bronx origin and tradition of the artform, so Rakim’s putting it right. If you’re going to argue against him, it better be a damn good one.

Throw up your thoughts.




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