OFWGKTA
The OF Tape Vol. 2


3.5
great

Review

by someguest USER (24 Reviews)
March 24th, 2012 | 255 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of an emerging generation starting to get paid.

Capitalizing on the Internet and the exaggerated anguish of millions of teens wasting time on it every day, OFWGKTA (from now on referenced as Odd Future) found their niche while quickly moving beyond it. It's apparent that they wish to continue their rebellious attitudes and over the top approach to the dilemmas of youth today. However, making some cash to back it up is placed firmly beside it, which becomes clear when examining how quickly this hit retail stores instead of being available for free download. Some fans will have a problem with it, but you can't blame the group for wanting to insure their future. And at this rate, their future is looking pretty solid.

It is becoming increasingly difficult not to compare Odd Future to the golden age of the Wu-Tang Clan. It contains a handful of rappers, each with their own flow and approach to the art, who are all capable of standing on their own. There's one dominant producer (sorry Left Brain), a few rappers who control most of the album leaving the rest just out of the spotlight, and a revisiting of some of their previous adventures on other albums. And to top it off, their own in house promotion and dedication to making it big are the reasons they're being recognized. But as far as production goes, they create a sound that is purely their own.

The producing team of Tyler, The Creator and Left Brain uses samples and original material to create instrumentals which are unique for hip-hop. Many of the instrumentals Tyler creates remain lo-fi in nature and aim to create a creepy atmosphere instead of trying to assault the listener with bass. The strengths of this approach are the use of keys, which are almost always excellently executed, and the creation of off the wall beat patterns. Left Brain's technique is more traditional. There's an emphasis on the bass, snare, and symbol patterns found in most hip-hop, but he adds enough personal style to give the impression of a sound which is individual in nature. The two sounds work together to create variety on the lengthy release.

The album is always interesting lyrically, and it's often humorous, but it would be more enjoyable if there was somewhat of a unifying theme among the songs. There's a ton of pop culture references tied in with the group's profane mentality to keep the listener entertained from front to back. And when they're not making jokes about celebrities or spouting off about some random act of violence, the lyrics will always revolve around women. This is highlighted by how many times the group references bitches. A quick glance down the track list and one will see the word present in three of the song titles. If this album says anything to its listeners, it's that it's all about women and money. And that's nothing new for hip-hop, or music in general.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
someguest
March 23rd 2012


21390 Comments


rat tat tat

Digging: Pet Shop Boys - Please

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012


3485 Comments


....

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2012


31629 Comments


Found this to be really boring outside of a few tracks

Also, now that Earl is back what are the kids going to chant now?

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

someguest
March 23rd 2012


21390 Comments


I don't really get caught up in the whole culture of it. I enjoy the diy mentality and how these guys stick together.

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012


3485 Comments


I find most of Odd Future's stuff to be terrible

Adabelle
March 23rd 2012


4260 Comments


Yeah I still haven't heard it. Pretty sure this will pick up a good few hundred comments in the next week or so. Nice review though, pos'd.

KILL
March 23rd 2012


72280 Comments


SHIT

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Idnuf
March 23rd 2012


1491 Comments


tempted to neg before i read but i'll be a good boy

EDIT: ok yeah i hate this review. your sentences just don't make sense im sorry

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 23rd 2012


50960 Comments


Wrath Of Bong will destroy this

Digging: Friendzone - Collection 1

Activista anti-MTV
March 23rd 2012


3150 Comments


pos for the frogman^^

Slum
March 23rd 2012


2579 Comments


this reads like it is missing the second half of the review

ThroneOfAgony
March 23rd 2012


3485 Comments


That's quite an interesting avatar you got there Slum

Activista anti-MTV
March 23rd 2012


3150 Comments


"Capitalizing on the Internet and the exaggerated anguish of millions of teens wasting time on it every day, OFWGKTA (from now on referenced as Odd Future) found their niche demographic while quickly moving beyond it. It's apparent that they wish to continue their attitude and over the top approach to the dilemmas of youth today. However, making some cash to back it up is firmly placed horizontally beside it, which becomes clear when examining how quickly this hit retail stores instead of being available for free download. Some fans will have a problem with it, but you can't blame the group for wanting to insure their future. A future that's looking pretty solid."

wtf frogman gtfo pretty solid writing

someguest
March 23rd 2012


21390 Comments


don't waste your time with idnuf

he's the romney of hip hop

Activista anti-MTV
March 23rd 2012


3150 Comments


I read the review through, and I'm very happy with it. What do people really expect from a review
that isn't here already? Be specific about what you want if you are going to neg something

Slum
March 23rd 2012


2579 Comments


i didn't neg btw, i just feel like you could have said a bit more

Idnuf
March 23rd 2012


1491 Comments


the intro is the offender, idk what you're talking about

like if you just skim it you can understand but if you actually read the individual sentences you can tell something's wrong

"they wish to continue their attitude" like i get what he's going for, it's a simple thing he's expressing but that phrasing is so awkward. if he proofread i figure he would notice that kind of thing

"cash to back it up is firmly placed horizontally beside it" see the review is bad in this way. ok, they want money but then read this and "firmly placed horizontally beside it" i mean come on what a shitty way to say something so simple

the lyrics will always revolve around women. Or in the words of Odd Future, bitches.


sooooooooooo bad

FourthReich
March 23rd 2012


18138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tough to write the FIRST review for ofwg but i think you nailed it someguest, pos for you sir.

Idnuf
March 23rd 2012


1491 Comments


don't waste your time with idnuf

he's the romney of hip hop


do you even think before you type things? or are your fingers sentient but being fingers their brains are like 2 mm thick and so they only have the capability to produce bullshit?

FourthReich
March 23rd 2012


18138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"do you even think before you type things? or are your fingers sentient but being fingers their brains are like 2 mm thick and so they only have the capability to produce bullshit?"

fucking lol



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