*Warning* – extreme vulgarity lays ahead.
So I was at a Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) concert last night in Philly. The town was really cool and the venue was really nice, and the crowd was not what I had expected. This was my first ever rap show, I decided to go on a freak whim, and quite frankly I had an amazing time. There was this creepy portal eyed cat however which stared at me during the entire show, but I persevered.
Basically the show was full of hipster and even nerdy white kids. The very front of the crowd was a living blob which on occasion knocked a bunch of people off their feet creating this moving hole. Farther back there was a pretty active mosh pit, which I honestly was not expecting at a rap concert. A mosh pit, for all who may not know, is where you go to dance by flailing your arms and throwing yourself in random directions expecting to hurt yourself and those around you. Usually they are reserved for hardcore rock shows. But I guess it was just a wild night.
OFWGKTA is making a big commotion on the rap scene these days. Their lyrics are extremely controversial and their entire act almost depends on the shock factor and vulgarity. They are a group of rappers from LA ranging from 16-19 years old. They rap about anything from sex, drugs, and rape to anarchy, self-consciousness, and general obscenities. Take this song as an example.
Tyler the Creator is sort of the leader of the group and this video, Yonkers, features him. Nothing about this video isn’t trying to disturb you; eating roaches, black eyes, and hanging yourself. Rap music isn’t for everyone. In my case for example, most of the lyrics go over my head, so some disturbing rap like this actually has a lessened affect on me, but I can still tell it is so because of the vibe of the beats. The one thing I like about this group is that they make all of their own beats. As someone who tries to do the same it is something I deeply respect.
Orange Juice has probably the coolest bass line I’ve heard recently, especially towards the beginning. The piano is nice a repetitive and the rap is as horrid as horridly possible; horrid in a way that would scare your parents into sending you away to a boarding school in Samoa (That happened to one of the members of the group when his parents heard the music). The flow, or the way the rap works with the beat, is quite professional. In my opinion rap is rap, so no matter what the person is actually rapping about it is the same. Many will disagree with me, but it definitely is about the fluidity rather than content. This beat apparently isn’t theirs, but one they borrowed from Gucci Mane’s song “Lemonade”. Whatever.
So take it as what it is. Rap isn’t going to leave so might as well explore it. And if you aren’t planning on making commitments, then you might as well start with the most extremely vulgar kind. Just please don’t take the lyrics seriously.