1. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Odd Future/OFWGKTA[/lastfm]
This über-hyped Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective of misanthropic teenage skater boys has single-handedly taken the “swag” epidemic to a new level.
Virtually unknown outside of California rap communities, Odd Future went from just being a group of rowdy kids dubbed the “Wolf Gang” with musical (and artistic) talent to being virtually plastered all over hundreds of music blogs.
They’ve been touted as the “new artist to watch” from major music magazines, are building a buzz with their extremely difficult to decipher acronym (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), and are the “buzzband” name to drop if you want to sound “with it” musically.
The drugged-out, die-hard kids in the front row loved the show; the bandwagon music critics loved the show; the group themselves tweeted that they “swagged it out.” Truthfully, we even love the recorded stuff.
But Odd Future’s performance from the perspective of seasoned and critical music performance purveyor was sloppy, cacophonous, and boring enough to make people start yawning and walking out. Even with the animal masks, the screaming crowd, and the special appearance by Pharrell from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]N.E.R.D[/lastfm].
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tyler the Creator[/lastfm]. There is something borderline dangerous in that young man’s eyes that makes him a powerful performer–even when he is just standing there saying nothing.
Odd Future just needs time to polish their live performance–and maybe grow up a little if they want to get to Kanye West level. Tyler the Creator even said it himself.