In the latest video from the Odd Future camp, Tyler, the Creator directs a self-inflicted massacre in a style that varies greatly from what he has done in the past. With a war movie feel, Domo Genesis and Wolf Haley spit over a dark beat as the entire Odd Future cast flees an unknown enemy in the jungle while “Sam (Is Dead)” from OF Mixtape Vol. 2 plays in the background of this short film.
With costumes designed by Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti, including cowgirl chaps and an American flag and denim hybrid two piece, Azealia Banks’ new video is full of stunning visuals. Directed by Rankin, the video is full of sexy visuals and phallic objects that Banks plays with in a Wild West setting. While it may not be the critic-silencing collaboration she has promised, the flow is undeniable even if the flashiness implies a fakeness prevalent in hype hop.
A$AP ROCKY “GOLDIE” - FIRST SINGLE FROM LONGLIVEA$AP
After one of the more talked-about performances at Coachella during the opening weekend, A$AP Rocky has dropped the first single from his debut album, “Goldie.” It’s hard to believe he is as popular as he is without even having dropped an album yet, but with a flow like this one over production by Hit-Boy, one can see why. LongLiveA$AP drops in July.
INTERVIEW+ STEVE AOKI FT. KID CUDI & TRAVIS BARKER - CUDI THE KID VIDEO
It’s been ten years since Steve Aoki started down the road that led him intense success in the music business, a seat high atop the pop dubstep elite, and a friend list that stretches from Weezer to Weezy. The music video for “Cudi the Kid,” a track off his debut album Wonderland, which is in stores now, brings viewers back to their own childhoods, but in a surreal and visually stunning way.
Check out this wonderful interview about the Wonderland development process, as well. Great read.
INTERVIEW: TYLER, THE CREATOR WITH OYSTER MAGAZINE “I HATE TUMBLR.”
Tyler, The Creator is a challenge that every interviewer in hip hop must attempt at one point or another, and Alexi Wasser from Oyster Magazine finds more success than most in this sit-down with the 21-year old rapper and entrepreneur behind the massively successful Odd Future. From music to drugs and Tyler’s refusal to take part in them, the interview spans a variety of topics and the hype hop star shines in one of his most transparent interviews to date. Check out a small sample from the interview below and the entire conversation here.
Do you meet girls on Twitter and Facebook? No, I don’t read my mentions on Twitter. I have Facebook, but it’s private, so only my friends can see anything I post. I hate Tumblr.
Why? Being in Europe for two months with a broken foot, and being on a tour bus with people who just smoke weed and sit on Tumblr all day and don’t go outside and do anything. It just made me hate that shit. I don’t have one.
NICKI MINAJ FT. NAS, DRAKE, & YOUNG JEEZY - “CHAMPION”
Due on April 3rd, Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album has been building hype since “Stupid Hoe” and the title track featuring Lil Wayne, not to mention with teasers of tracks featuring everyone from Nas to David Guetta. Her latest and perhaps most widely anticipated track involves a team of superstars with Drake, Young Jeezy, and Nas putting in a few bars. Check out the track above and expect to hear a lot more of the Female Weezy in the coming weeks.
Hip hop’s other Azalea and new favorite white girl, Iggy Azalea, has signed with T.I. and Grand Hustle, and her new song shows that the potential has not gone to waste. A heavy beat and a great flow accompany a ton of swag in this preview to The New Classic, which drops this Summer.
Iggy Azalea “Murda Bizness” (feat. T.I.) - I was expecting a music video, but obviously you have to build some momentum in the clubs first. T.I. gives an assist to his newly signed First Lady of Grand Hustle, and Bei Maejor laces the track with a dope beat. The New Classic drops this Summer.
Azealia Banks has been all over the map in the fashion world lately, from a dinner party during the Paris Fashion Week to a Chanel pop-up store opening in Japan. In Japan she debuted a new song that may show up on her upcoming 212 EP. With an official audio version out now, called “F*ck Up the Fun,” the New York-native has encouraged her hip hop connoisseur group of fans to hit the dance floor in this collaboration with Diplo.
After seeing a music video like this, how could you hate on Odd Future? These are a bunch of kids doing exactly what they want with their lives and getting paid a boatload of money to do it.
They may get a lot of hate, but when they pull together Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, The Creator, and even hypeman Jasper for a photoshoot/music video, you see just how much fun these guys (and Syd “tha Dude”) are having together. Also, how did Tyler and Left Brain both break their arms?
PS - Earl might be joining OF for their show in New York tonight…
After returning from a boarding school in Samoa, fan-favorite Earl Sweatshirt returned to Odd Future in their biggest year yet. With a posse track that features the entirety of OF inculding Tyler, The Creator, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Jasper, Taco, and more, Earl comes in at 7:03 and kills it. You don’t have to listen for long to know that he deserves all of the respect and hype he has attracted. You can buy the OF Tape: Vol. 2 album here tomorrow.