OFWGKTA
The OF Tape Vol. 2


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
April 13th, 2012 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may not show much in the way of growth, but it will quench fans thirst, and that's all they care about. Even if it isn't the grandest example of what the true alternative hip hop label is.

After last year where the collective’s ring leader Tyler, the Creator was the biggest solo success to spawn from OFWGKTA as of yet, Odd Future seizes upon the opportunity to take advantage of this new-found level of attention by releasing a brand new mixtape showcasing nearly everyone in the gang, to the eager ears of the new wave of hipster teenagers craving more indie hip hop artists who back their lines with as minimal production as Tyler, and give as little a *** as Tyler’s personality does in those lines.

Tyler himself is obviously very prominent on this tape in both the performance and production departments, but don’t get the impression that this tape is the “Tyler, the Creator and friends show”, because he is the most successful member so its to be expected that he’s gonna have a big role to meet audiences demands. And who’s really complaining? He is the best one out of the group, even if that means that his do outshine the other members at times. Anyone who loved Goblin for Tyler and decided to listen to this for Tyler and Tyler alone, (along with the enticing sequel to one of Goblin’s tracks “Analog”) may at first see everyone else’s parts as weaker filler until Tyler comes in.

This really isn’t the case though, as everybody does shine here in their own way, maybe not as evenly as one would like because of Tyler’s dominance, but anyone who first caught awareness of the Odd Future crew through Tyler and wants to get more into Hodgy or Domo with a nice sampler tour of the rest of the group on one mixtape will find this as that great medium.

This Mixtape properly captures what the title “MIXtape” really means, which is mix of a lot of different things, (in this case different artists) and it’s a vital and necessary definition clarification in the current mixtape age of hip hop where it seems like artists release mixtapes every single week as just a disc to throw songs on in between official studio albums.

Some may be asking themselves if this really counts as alternative hip hop. The lyrics certainly don’t focus on the themes that alternative hip hop heavyweights A Tribe Called Quest and OutKast do, and they definitely aren’t delivered with much unique flow. Tyler always had an attitude that sounded like he didn’t give a *** on his solo work, sometimes grunting his work through songs, and everyone here on this mixtape follows along the same lines really, but in a more robotic way. Tyler at least when he delivered these careless spits truly showed the emotion of carelessness and while it wasn’t as effective as one would like it to be, (little more than a downward spiral of angry rants for teenagers feeling like *** to cope with and say *** society all together) but he was believable and it prevented it from slouching into dull territory. Unfortunately, that dull territory is somewhat prevalent in the attitudes of everyone else here. They sound like typical rappers following too closely in the philosophies of Tyler.

The beats themselves definitely aren’t as extravagant, imaginative, or catchy as those of other alternative hip hop groups. Should this pass as alternative hip hop just because the lines of average rappers are backed with lo-fi production and a raw and simplistic indie feel, that’s the opposite of the big production sounds of rappers saying essentially that same things but not as provocative as the independent ones here? Should it just be limited in terms to indie hip hop? If you care that much sure. Main point is here that the raw indie beats create the appropriate atmosphere, it’s all just a bit underwhelming and not as creative as prior indie groups. Notable and definitely there, but it works, yet doesn’t work that much.

To make a Slim Shady comparison, the Eminem character was offensive and didn’t give a ***, but he was truly an insane performance, his flow was energetic and had much emotional angle to what he displayed, he sounded depressed when he was depressed, sounded mad when he was mad, he sounded like a real person, with of course great beats backing him. The lyrics on this tape are catchy and memorable, but it only goes so far, especially with Tyler. When he says what he says it’s both funny, interesting, and insightful, but his delivery just sounds like this constant downward spiral of pissed off anxiety too much of the time when it really could be more well rounded, and this applies to anyone else on the tape.



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SCREAMorphine
April 12th 2012


1763 Comments


Nice review man, pos

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2012


31628 Comments


I never read reviews that have errors in the summary

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breakingthefragile
April 12th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Deviant. "but it will quench fans OF thirst" Are you talking about that when you say errors? When I said "OF" I meant the abbreviation of Odd Future. I tried to conserve as much space as I could because I didn't want my summary to get cut off.

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Hep Kat
April 12th 2012


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yo breakingthefragile is english your first language?

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breakingthefragile
April 12th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Hep Kat Yeah. Why? lol. I can make some edits if this reads really weird.

LifeAsAChipmunk
April 12th 2012


4854 Comments


That summary perplexes me...

Hep Kat
April 12th 2012


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah i highly suggest you do that

breakingthefragile
April 12th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@LifeAsAChipmunk So I'm getting the impression that my summary needs some corrections. Any chance of me getting some feedback on where exactly?

LifeAsAChipmunk
April 12th 2012


4854 Comments


Something about it just seems very forced. And 'alt.' could have just been alternative.

breakingthefragile
April 12th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@LifeAsAChimpmunk As I said in an earlier comment, I was trying to abbreviate as much as I could, because nothing indicates where my summaries are going to cut off while I'm writing them. I've had a lot of issues with it in my other reviews.

someguest
April 12th 2012


21390 Comments


I was trying to abbreviate as much as I could, because nothing indicates where my summaries are going to cut off while I'm writing them. I've had a lot of issues with it in my other reviews.


Then how about you, instead of trying to fit a paragraph into the summary, slim it down to an effective and attention grabbing sentence?

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breakingthefragile
April 12th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@someguest Well, when I write the summary, the website itself instructs me to "Please write a short PARAGRAPH" so I just always figured to do that. But you have a good point, that is a much better method, and I have been noticing that that's that way everybody else seems to be doing it. So I'll try that out in the future. Thanks for the tip.

someguest
April 12th 2012


21390 Comments


Sure. When faced with a dilemma let your mind make the decision, and not a computer.

breakingthefragile
April 13th 2012


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, I definitely posted this on the 12th. So I guess if it's posted an hour close to midnight it just rounds it off to the following day? Shit. Will I be able to post another review tomorrow/today IT'S ONLY 12:12. -.-

someguest
April 13th 2012


21390 Comments


You can post another review as soon as this one is off of the front page. It's usually less than 24 hours.

Apollo
April 13th 2012


10373 Comments


never slightly understood the appeal of this gang of morons

someguest
April 13th 2012


21390 Comments


Their concept of a collective draws people to their music.

Hep Kat
April 13th 2012


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

THE GOD OF LIGHT IS A HIP-HOP SAVANT E1337IST

17WordHaiku
April 13th 2012


165 Comments


What's with the dull album covers.

Hey let's take a picture of this weird guy and put it on our album.

Kids will think it's cool.

Counterfeit
April 13th 2012


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Analog 2 isn't a sequel.



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