I forgot how much I really use to ENJOY writing about music on this here blog or any of my solo blogs. People hit me on Twitter every once and a while and remind me about the old playlists that I use to have running on my blogs. If you were around for those times, then you remember when Mike Posner was a nobody but we still had him jamming along on the side bar of my blog. Pac Div, Dom, Bambu, Miguel, XV and all sorts of goodness quietly carrying on while I talked nonsense.
All I’ve been listening to lately is the Odd Future shit. Hence their inclusion in this post. The dude’s from OFWGKTA are on a roll, The emergence of MellowHype (Hodgy&Left Brain), Domo Genesis, and most notably Earl Sweatshirt are the reasons I’m just going to come out and say that AS OF RIGHT NOW…they reign supreme.
No, not some dream you get after you huff too much paint, it’s the visuals for Earl Sweatshirt’s new video, ”WHOA”. A follow up to late 2012’s “Chum”, “WHOA” serves as the second single off his highly anticipated album, Doris. The Odd Future crew has both toned down the transgression from their earlier tapes while distilling and concentrating all the aspects that made those tapes unique. Unlike “Chum” or other new Odd Future tracks, “WHOA” is a direct throwback to that earlier sound. Thankfully, Earl has traded in the gratuitous references to rape and murder for a few carefully placed lines about drug use and masturbation, which makes them all the more grotesque and intriguing.
Part of the appeal is the juxtaposition of these lines with Earl’s laconic apathy in the video – the dude is floating on filthy water in the middle of a reservoir tank. Casual…no big deal right? Regardless of what you think about Earl and Odd Future, whether the video is just weird for the sake of being weird, no one can ignore the hotness of a line like “Get ‘em higher than the pitch of metal tea kettle songs”. Doris doesn’t have a release date yet, but if “WHOA” is any indication, it’ll be worth the wait.