RH In Concert: Odd Future At The Metro
Odd Future’s tour hit Chicago on Friday. OFWGKTA performed at the Metro, selling out the venue in their first Windy City performance since Pitchfork. Theolonious Martin was on hand and provides this review.
This was my third time seeing the esteemed, from nothing to top of the world status crew, Odd Future Wolf Gang. And this time around, I actually knew what to expect. I’ve been a fan of the Odd Future collective since 2008 after my friends showed me the original Odd Future tape. Soon after I heard Tyler on the HypeTrak mixtape, yes that one mixtape Hypebeast dropped. Since then I was a fan. These kids bring a completely different kind of energy, one that combines the grittiness of a raw rap show, the antics of a metal show, and the comedy of a Friday night with comedy central. Their shows take place in a room full of kids reciting rap lyrics, jumping around moshing, and on the edge of every word spoken by the crew. Since my first show back in NY at Santos, each member of the large group has really started to come into their own in terms of stage presence, charisma, crowd control, etc.
On Friday night, the show was kicked off by Odd Future’s engineer and DJ, Syd The Kid, who opened up with a short DJ set that travel from Waka Flocka to dub step. She set the table for the full crew, who took the stage with full force and didn’t look back. Tyler, The Creator has honed in on that raw energy that everyone loves, and pushes himself through the show tirelessly. He has a great flair for the dramatic, especially when he performed “Yonkers” with just red lights. Hodgy and Left Brain, who make up MellowHype, bully the crowd with their style. Hodgy spits lyrics at ease with a monstrous tone, with Left Brain crowd surfing like a pro. Domo Genesis, who just dropped his mixtape Under The Influence, almost makes it seem too easy with his more laid back steeze. He definitely brings back that great stoner Hip Hop vibe of the 90′s. Jasper constantly pipes in with over the top antics, along with him and other members dishing inside jokes back in forth. Mike G easily with one of the smoothest delivery of the Wolf Gang delivered some of his popular verses with a certain ease.
Overall, Odd Future didn’t disappoint and I give the show a 4 out of 5. Odd Future presented a gang of energy, yet I wish the set was a little bit longer.