Odd Future, also known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, OF or OFWGKTA, is an American music collective
formed in Los Angeles in 2007. The original members are Tyler, the Creator
, Left Brain, Casey Veggies
, The Super 3
and Pyramid Vritra
), and Jasper Dolphin
. Later members included Earl Sweatshirt
, Domo Genesis
, Mike G
, Frank Ocean
, Taco Bennett and Syd tha Kyd
Odd Future self-released their debut mixtape, ''The Odd Future Tape
'', in 2008, as well as various solo and collaborative projects over the subsequent years. The collective first gained widespread attention in 2011 mainly due to the success of Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean's careers. They released their debut studio album, ''The OF Tape Vol. 2
'', in 2012. Aside from music, Odd Future had an Adult Swim
comedy skit show called ''Loiter Squad
'' (2012-2014), as well as a clothing line.
Since 2015, Odd Future has been increasingly inactive as a unit, and many have speculated that they have broken up. Although their break-up has never been officially announced, it has been talked about by various members over the years.
2007–2010: Founding, early releases and rise in popularity
Odd Future was formed in 2007 in Los Angeles by Tyler, the Creator
(Tyler Okonma) along with Hodgy
(Gerald Long), Left Brain (Vyron Turner), Pyramid Vritra
(Hal Williams), Matt Martians
(Matthew Martin) and Jasper Dolphin
(Davon Wilson). Tyler initially intended Odd Future to be a magazine. Much of the collective's early music was recorded in a room of Syd tha Kyd and Taco's South-Central Los Angeles
home, known as The Trap. In early 2008, Casey Veggies
released '' Customized Greatly, Vol. 1'', featuring Tyler on a few tracks. On November 15, 2008, Odd Future released their debut mixtape, ''The Odd Future Tape
On July 7, 2009, Hodgy
released his debut mixtape, ''The Dena Tape
'' . On December 25, 2009, Tyler released his debut mixtape, ''Bastard''
. In 2008-2009, Chicago-based rapper Brandun DeShay
joined the collective, and appeared on the song "Session" by Tyler on the original 2009 release of '' Bastard''. Tyler and DeShay later had a falling out, and DeShay's vocals on "Session" were replaced by Mike G in 2010 on the re-release. In 2009, Casey Veggies
decided to leave Odd Future.
, Earl Sweatshirt
, Mike G
, and Frank Ocean
joined the group between 2009 and 2010. The group completed a two-stop tour, both being their first shows outside Los Angeles. One being in London on November 5, 2010, and another in New York City on November 8, 2010. Their concerts have been compared to punk rock
shows, with stagediving
, and group members antagonizing the crowd.
Earl Sweatshirt's debut mixtape, ''Earl
'', was released on March 31, 2010. MellowHype's debut mixtape, ''YelloWhite
'', was released on February 24, 2010, and their second mixtape, ''BlackenedWhite
'' was also released in 2010. Domo Genesis released his debut mixtape, '' Rolling Papers
'' on August 30, 2010, and Mike G released a mixtape,'' Ali
'', in 2010. The collective also released their second mixtape,'' Radical
'', near the middle of 2010. Lionel Boyce joined Odd Future during late 2010 to early 2011. Also some time during 2010 or early 2011, Pyramid Vritra lost connections with most of the Odd Future members because he was forced to move back to Georgia after Matt Martians, his roommate and fellow group member, got evicted from his house. Although Vritra later reconnected with some of the members, he wouldn’t work with any of the group again other than with Matt on Jet Age of Tomorrow
, some years later.
2011–2014: Solo releases, ''The OF Tape Vol. 2'' and ''Loiter Squad''
MellowHype re-released ''BlackenedWhite'' through Fat Possum Records
. Frank Ocean self-released his debut mixtape, ''Nostalgia, Ultra
'', on February 16, 2011 . Tyler, the Creator signed a one-album deal with XL Recordings
and released his debut album, ''Goblin
'', on May 10, 2011. They gained a cult following, and received press attention from blogs and magazines.
Though they were often labeled as horrorcore
, the group has universally dismissed it on Twitter, in interviews, and on tracks such as "Sandwitches". Pitchfork Media
labeled the group as indie rap
In April 2011, the group signed a deal with RED Distribution
and Sony Music Entertainment
to start their own label, Odd Future Records
On August 2, 2011, Odd Future announced the Golf Wang Tour 2011 on their website. The tour included 27 stops, beginning on September 28, 2011 in San Diego, California
at the House of Blues
On September 8, 2011, it was announced that Odd Future would be making a television show called ''Loiter Squad
''. The show was announced to be a sketch comedy
show featuring various skits and prank
s and originally aired on March 25, 2012 on Adult Swim
. The show featured Tyler, Jasper, Taco, Earl and Lionel as main cast members, with other members of Odd Future making cameo appearances. The program was produced by Dickhouse Productions, which is also the production company for the TV series ''Jackass
On October 3, 2011, Tyler, the Creator tweeted a link to iTunes
with a compilation album of songs from artists within the group such as Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Mike G, The Jet Age of Tomorrow, MellowHype, The Internet, and Tyler himself. The album is simply named ''12 Odd Future Songs
'', despite having 13 tracks, including three new releases from The Internet
, Mike G and MellowHype
. On March 20, 2012, the collective released their debut studio album, ''The OF Tape Vol. 2
'', as a sequel to the original mixtape, ''The Odd Future Tape
''. On the same day, Earl Sweatshirt, who was absent from Odd Future from June 2010 until February 2012 due to attending boarding school in Samoa
, first performed with the group at the Hammerstein Ballroom
in New York.
released his debut studio album, ''Channel Orange
'', on July 10, 2012. Other solo releases for the second half of 2012 included Domo Genesis's ''No Idols
'' with The Alchemist
, released on August 1, 2012, and MellowHype's ''Numbers
,'' released on October 9, 2012. On December 5, 2012 it was announced Frank Ocean
was nominated for six awards at the 2013 Grammy Awards
, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year for "Thinkin Bout You
" and Album of the Year for ''Channel Orange''.
On April 2, 2013, Tyler, the Creator released his second studio album, ''Wolf
'', which received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 3 on the ''Billboard'' 200
, selling 89,895 copies in the United States. Earl Sweatshirt released his debut studio album. Tyler and Earl also went on an EarlWolf Summer Tour in 2013.
In June 2014, Frank Ocean left Odd Future management, 4 Strikes. In May 2014, the third and final season of ''Loiter Squad'' premiered. Earl, Tyler, Jasper, Taco, and L-Boy did an in-depth interview for HuffPost Live. On August 11 and August 12, 2014, Odd Future opened up for Eminem
at Wembley Stadium
On September 12, 2014, the Odd Future radio station premiered on Dash Radio
, which was released the month before by DJ Skee. The station featured a live playlist, special links such as "Taco Tuesday" (also repeated on Fridays) and coverage of live events, such as the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
, also hosted by Odd Future.
2015–present: Inactivity and speculation of break-up
On January 18, 2015, Hodgy Beats confirmed that MellowHype will no longer exist, but he and Left Brain will continue to make music together. Hodgy stated in an interview, "Nah, we ain't breaking up. Nah, this ain't no weirdo shit. It's just some real shit. It's a refocus. Going from boys to men this is what it is. So it's either understand it, 'cause it will be explained–cry about it, talk shit, applaud us–we still moving."
In May 2015, Tyler posted a photo on Twitter from 2010 which contained the entire Odd Future collective. He added "although it's no more, those 7 letters FWGKTA
are forever." This was widely believed to be a confirmation of the end of Odd Future. However, the next day, he explained that his tweet was misinterpreted, and that he was merely "looking at old photos with friends and thinking about how time flies." The next day, Earl Sweatshirt wrote: "No sympathy for male virgins who're in their feelings about Tyler pointing out and solidifying the obvious." This caused an online debate over whether "the obvious" was referring to Tyler's first statement or his second. On June 30, Matt Martians seemingly confirmed to AllHipHop
that Odd Future had indeed broken up, but that there were "no hard feelings among the members of OFWGKTA."
"OFWGKTA" was listed on the bill for Tyler, the Creator's 4th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. The line-up that performed included Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Mike G and Left Brain. Tyler and Earl were not included in the set due to Tyler already having a solo show and Earl having amicably distanced himself from Odd Future around the release of his second studio album, ''I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
During the Odd Future set at the 4th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
in 2015, Hodgy called out Tyler onstage about his dissatisfaction with Tyler, and remarking how he "stayed broke", and was also visibly irritated when other Odd Future members thanked Tyler for the invitation to the carnival. Tyler responded to Hodgy in the middle of his solo set, saying "Niggas got me fucked up. I put too many niggas on. I helped too many of my motherfucking friends out, and niggas gonna come foul? You know who the fuck I'm talking about, nigga. And yes, this is real". Hodgy responded to these remarks on Twitter by saying "If it wasn't for Odd Future, where would Tyler be?" and "Think about who built the name OF together as a unit. Now think about who took the first initial shit on OF". However, one day later, a humorous Instagram video, uploaded by Hodgy, featured him and Tyler attempting to perform handstands; possibly suggesting that the feud had been dissolved. The video was later removed.
On March 11, 2016, Syd officially announced her departure from Odd Future, making the Internet only a label-associated act. She also stated that she has not thought of herself as a member of Odd Future as a rap group since early 2011 when the Internet formed.
On May 2, 2016, the group confirmed that they were still together on their Twitter. The tweet was later removed.
Some rumors began to circulate in August–September 2016 about the group working together musically again after a picture was taken of Tyler, Earl, Syd, Jasper, Taco, and Matt Martians together at the Afropunk Festival
. Tyler and Earl performed as EarlWolf again for the first time in years.
On December 9, 2016, Hodgy released his debut studio album ''Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide
''. This would be the last album to be published on the Odd Future Records
label. As of 2018, Hodgy is releasing music under a label named "Poorait". Other members of Odd Future went on to sign for other labels: in 2015, Matt Martians
signed to Three Quarter, The Jet Age of Tomorrow
signed to their own label, 5th Echelon Jet Repair Co., Trash Talk
signed to their own label, Trash Talk Collective. In 2016, Syd, the Internet, and Tyler signed to Columbia Records
. In 2018, Domo Genesis
and Left Brain
signed to Empire
, and Mike G
signed to "Stealth Fighter L.L.C.".
On February 6, 2017, MellowHype
confirmed to be working together once again on ''MindGone Vol. 1''.
On March 29, 2018, Tyler released the song "Okra
", on which he said "Golf
be the set, no more OF", signaling his apparent dissociation with the collective.
On August 8, 2018, Taco posted a series of four 15-second videos on his Instagram
story, showing an Odd Future reunion concert taking place at The Low End Theory club in Los Angeles, as the club's final show. Odd Future members who attended the show included Tyler, Earl, Taco, Jasper, Syd, Hodgy, and Mike G. They performed well known tracks such as "Orange Juice", "Rella", and "Sandwitches". Left Brain posted on Instagram story that he had no knowledge of the event, and was never invited nor told. Domo and Frank didn't attend or speak about it.
In December 2018, the Odd Future official website was redesigned to no longer feature artist representation or of the collective, instead focusing on Odd Future clothing and merchandise.
* Tyler, the Creator
– rapper, singer, producer, music video director, designer (2007–present)
– rapper, producer (2007–present)
* Casey Veggies
– rapper (2007–2009)
* Left Brain – producer, DJ, rapper (2007–present)
* Pyramid Vritra
– producer, rapper (2007–2012/2013)
* Jasper Dolphin
– rapper, hypeman (2007–present)
* Earl Sweatshirt
– rapper, producer, DJ (2009-2015,2018,2019)
* Domo Genesis
– rapper, DJ (2009–present)
* Mike G – rapper, DJ (2009–present)
* "Taco" Bennett – music video director, rapper, DJ, hypeman (2009–present)
* Brandun DeShay
– rapper (2009–2010)
* Lucas Vercetti – hypeman (2011–2013/2014), store merchandise (2011–2013)
* Frank Ocean
– singer, producer, rapper (2010–present)
* Na-Kel Smith
– skateboarder, occasional rapper, hypeman (2010–present)
* Lionel Boyce – TV writer & producer, hypeman (2011–present)
– singer, producer, DJ (2008–2016, 2018)
* Matt Martians
– producer, singer (2007–2015)
* Luis "Pancho" Perez – cinematographer (2012–present)
* Julian Berman – photographer (2011–present)
* Eddy "Legohead" – photographer (2010–2015), store merchandise (2011–2013)
* Sagan Lockhart – skater, photographer, hypeman (2010–present)
* The Internet
**Patrick Paige II
* The Jet Age of Tomorrow
*EarlWolf (2009–2014, 2016)
**Tyler, the Creator
*I Smell Panties
**Tyler, the Creator
*The Super D3Shay (2008–2010)
*Sweaty Martians (2012–2014)
*Hog Slaughta Boyz (2015)
Controversies and incidents
Odd Future was scheduled to appear at the February 2014 Rapture Festival in Auckland, New Zealand, as a supporting act to Eminem
. The group was not on the original bill, but was substituting for Kendrick Lamar
after the concert had been sold out. A campaign was launched by an anti-violence group to prevent Odd Future performing, based partly on prior occurrences of the group supposedly inciting violence by their fans towards members of the public, and by the group's lyrics allegedly supporting rape and violence towards women. Immigration New Zealand canceled the visa of some group members because of prior acts of inciting violence, including one where the group allegedly encouraged fans to attack members of the police.
In 2015, Tyler, The Creator was banned from the United Kingdom for 3–5 years due to the allegedly homophobic and violent content of his lyrics from earlier albums such as ''Bastard
'' and ''Goblin
Tyler's UK ban has since been lifted, concurring with his show in London to promote his fifth studio album, ''Igor
''. However, his show was forcibly cancelled by police after they voiced their safety concerns, saying that it was "overcrowded" and "too rowdy".
* ''The Odd Future Tape
* ''12 Odd Future Songs
Awards and nominations
Category:Tyler, the Creator
Category:Hip hop groups from California
Category:Hip hop collectives
Category:Alternative hip hop groups
Category:Musical groups established in 2007
Category:Musical groups from Los Angeles
Category:Obscenity controversies in music