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It was the music TV highlight of the year so far as Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats started a riot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show last week. Check it out below and you too will be …

Fri, Feb 25, 2011, 10:00

   

It was the music TV highlight of the year so far as Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats started a riot on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show last week. Check it out below and you too will be shouting “wolf gang” at the screen – or muttering that it’s the end of civilisation as we know it.

There’s a good chance you’ve not heard of Tyler, The Creator, Hodgy Beats and the Odd Future crew before now. Every so often, though, a bunch of kids come along to shake things up and now is time for the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, to give them their full name, to shine.

OFWGKTA are a gang of whipsmart, bratty, snotty teenage rappers, producers, skate kids, visual artists and mischief-makers from Los Angeles. Led by Tyler, the Creator, the Odd Future crew will remind some of trying to decipher what the Wu-Tang Clan were all about when they first appeared from Staten Island, but that comparison begins and ends there. Odd Future are a much different proposition to the Wu.

Their gritty, grimey rhymes are probably going to alienate twice as many people as their sound attracts, but they don’t really give a damn if people find them to be objectionable. There’s a thrilling, unpredictable swagger to them which we haven’t experienced in hip-hop in yonks. Here’s a gang who clearly are doing this for their own amusement and are not adhering to any rulebook.

But it will be interesting to see what happens now that the mainstream has come calling. XL boss Richard Russell has signed Tyler for an album (due in April) and their profile is already skyrocketing. Keeping things swagged out is going to get a little harder. And just where the hell is Earl?

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