Described as “a visual interpretation of Tyler’s mind,” the official video for “Tamale” is a brightly lit journey through a world filled with golfing, oversized books, floating (sometimes eyeless) heads, therapist couches, and random appearances from Pharrell. It’s essentially the music video equivalent to a Cartoon Network program, only with far more profanity and innuendo. You can view the video at the end of this post.
It was not that long ago that Tyler, The Creator and the rest of Odd Future were average, skateboard-loving teenagers hanging out in California. Tyler changed everything when he became a viral sensation for his “Yonkers” music video, which included a now infamous sequence where the young rapper devoured a live cockroach. Careers were launched, tours were staged, and suddenly Tyler found himself with the challenge of one-upping his breakout video. Two years and about a dozen videos later, he may have finally accomplished that task with “Tamale.” Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)
The first new material to surface from Tyler since the release of Goblin earlier this year, “Garbage” is a trunk-rattling track with production reminiscent of Pharrell‘s work with Clipse in the early 2000s. It’s the first song off the forthcoming video game Grand Theft Auto V, and those interested in experiencing the song can do so over on AudioMack.
Taking to Twitter, Tyler had the following to say about his latest material:
“IDK I WAS BEING CREATIVE ONE NIGHT. I WANTED TO MAKE A BEAT THAT REMINDED ME OF DRUG DEALING OLD FAMLAY CLIPSE TRASHCAN SOUNDING SHIT SO YUH”
The soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V arrives in stores September 17. In addition to “Garbage,” the album will tracks from Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar and OutKast.
Kicking off this September with a date in San Diego, “The Cud Life Tour” will bring Kid Cudi to the stage with support from hip-hop heavyweights Big Sean, Tyler, The Creator, and Logic. The tour will run just over a month and snake throughout the United States. You can view the full itinerary below.
Kid Cudi’s latest album, Indicud, is available now wherever urban music is sold. (more…)
Joined by Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis, Tyler’s latest late night appearance was one for the history books. Not only did the ODWGKTA members behave themselves while on set, they actually unveiled a bit of choreography for “Rusty.” You can view the performance at the end of this post.
Compared to his previous efforts, Wolf is unquestionably Tyler The Creator’s strongest effort to date. The focus of his lyricism has turned to extreme introversion, and the results is one of the most engaging releases in recent memory. It’s like the musical equivalent to Trainspotting, only written by someone who never touches drugs. (more…)
Anyone familiar with Odd Future mastermind Tyler, The Creator‘s forthcoming album Wolf has likely seen (or heard people discuss) a rumored tracklist that featured a guest appearance from Dave Matthews. Yes, the same Dave Matthews responsible for “Crash” and “Grave Digger.” As awesome as that would have been, the official tracklist was posted by Stereogum this morning and DM is nowhere to be found.
Now, now, before you go getting depressed that a folk hero isn’t on the latest OFWGKTA release, give the actual tracklist a chance. Dave may be sitting this release out, but Tyler has recruited a great lineup, including Erykah Badu, former Stereolab co-leader Laetitia Sadier, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Pharrell, Trash Talk frontman Lee Spielman, and nearly every (other) Odd Future member known for rapping. You can view the complete tracklist below, as well as the video for “Bimmer.”
Wolf arrives in stores Tuesday. April 2. (more…)
Phony New Kids mania has bitten the dust: Boston is finally getting its own big time festival with Boston Calling, which will be held at City Hall Plaza on May 25-26. Look for fun., The Shins, Matt & Kim, Of Monsters and Men, The National, Young the Giant, Dirty Projectors, Cults, Andrew Bird, and more, in addition to local faves Caspian and Bad Rabbits.
UK folk that won’t bring you down: Skinny Lister, the good-time English folk stompers who recently joined us for an exclusive OurStage session, have just announced a bunch of U.S. tour dates, including an astonishing seven sets at SXSW and a stop at Coachella. More from our friends at Under the Gun.
Returning to the scene: Tyler, the Creator, whose rap collective Odd Future grabbed our attention with a debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in 2011, went back to the show last night to perform “TreeHome” and “Domo 23” with The Roots. It was something. Golf wang?
Please sit down and brace yourself for the shock before reading this news item: Alt-rock stalwarts Stone Temple Pilots have…fired Scott Weiland. Excuse me, they “terminated” him, presumably in a round of difficult downsizing. Weiland will be eligible for unemployment and will be able to stay on the band health insurance if he pays through the Cobra plan. This comes just a day after the singer promised to sing STP hits during his upcoming solo tour, slated to start March 1st.
The world is still recovering from the premiere of Tyler, The Creator‘s “Domo 23” music video last week, and already the young rapper has unleashed a second set of unique visuals to get fans excited for his forthcoming Sophomore release.
Teased at the end of “Domo 23,” “Bimmer” is a track that leans heavily on chillwave sounds to create a relaxed track that can be likened to a mix between “White” (off OF Tape Vol. 2) and “She” (off Tyler’s debut, Goblin). The visuals feature Tyler and a girl who could double for an American Apparel model living up their young love under California sunshine. Click below to enjoy the video. (more…)
Odd Future‘s Tyler, the Creator has a future in character-based comedy, when this rap fad finally ends. He was pretty hilarious as 53-year-old golf fanatic Thurnis Haley in promos for his album Goblin. And now you can see him as a semi-pro wrestler in his new video for “Domo 23,” the first single from his upcoming album Wolf (April 23). Look for Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis amidst the chaos. And don’t worry, Tyler hasn’t forgotten about golf. You have to admit the dude is pretty brilliant, even if you think his genius is a bit evil. It might surprise you to learn that this clip is NSFW.
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It’s not even worth asking if you remember “Party In The USA.” Of course you do. Miley’s 2009 hit was so infectious that it would have taken a blood transfusion to get rid of it that fall. But it wasn’t just Miley who created that monster hit. Aiming for total chart domination, she teamed up with mad pop genius Åukasz Gottwald a.k.a. Dr. Luke, the same man who masterminded hits like “I Kissed a Girl,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “Tik Tok,” “We R Who We R,” “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” and practically every other chart-topping pop song that you’ve heard in the past half decade. The man is a pop music machine, and he’s not done with Miley yet. After inking a new deal with RCA records, Miley will once again be collaborating with Dr. Luke on her new album along with other big names like Tyler The Creator and Mary J. Blige. Prepare your ears for complete invasion.
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The Internet is difficult to profit off of. Businesses can be built here, but even behemoths can have issues staying afloat for very long. Facebook, the service that is actively used by one in seven people on the planet, is struggling to find an answer to the mobile question. Spotify, a service that we’ve covered here time and again, operated at a $60 million loss in 2011. YouTube just recently became profitable, relatively speaking. And as many artists and labels will attest, it’s even harder to make a profit off of the Internet’s use of music.
Once upon a time, musically speaking, the hot commodity was indie rock. Some blog buzz could take a band from nothing to the mix CDs of an entire generation. If you got lucky you soundtracked an Apple commercial. At some point the online conversations stopped being completely dominated by fey twee types and instead embraced two distinct musical styles”brash, swagged-out hip-hop and the over-sexed maximalism of electronic. Tastes shift. Money presumably follows.