The December issue of SPIN has a lengthy spread on Odd Future by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, who followed around the Wolf Gang for a week of their recent US tour. The concept of a female journalist spending seven days traveling to four cities with the rowdy bunch of alleged misogynists is reason enough to give it a read, but there are some candid quotes throughout it that warrant some closer attention.
From group "leader" Tyler, the Creator, while talking about his plans for his forthcoming third album Wolf, which is scheduled for a May 2012 release:
"Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn't interest me anymore... What interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to. With Wolf, I'll brag a little bit more, talk about money and buying shit. But not like any other rapper, I'll be a smart-ass about it... People who want the first album again, I can't do that. I was 18, broke as fuck. On my third album, I have money and I'm hanging out with my idols. I can't rap about the same shit."
Money often changes rappers, but they usually deny it. Tyler, the Creator admits that he can't rap like a broke, angsty 18-year-old with an obsession with sex and violence when he has become a successful, well-known 20-year-old with a book deal, a label behind him, and an Adult Swim show in the works. Some may be crying "sellout" over those deep-pocketed comments, but it makes sense to me. Tyler's compositions have always had an underlying psych-jazz feel in the chord progressions, but it's hard for many to see past his violent lyrics. To put this in the most basic terms, take a song like this:
Take out the absurdly creepy lyrics, add live instruments and you get something more like this:
Interesting, right? Read the rest of the SPIN article here.