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Tyler, the Creator, "Window"

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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, often abbreviated OFWGKTA or Odd Future, is a music/skateboarding/artist collective out of Los Angeles, California. The main members were Tyler, the Creator (the de facto leader), Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Frank Ocean, Left Brain, Matt Martians, Syd tha Kyd, Jasper "Dolphin" Loc and Taco Bennett. The group itself consists not only of hip hop and R&B artists but also skaters and other traditional artists; Tyler has given an estimate of 60 members total, all ranging in age from 17 to 25 at the group's formation.

There are multiple groups inside the collective: MellowHype (rapper Hodgy Beats and producer Left Brain); EarlWolf (Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator); The Jet Age of Tomorrow (producers Matt Martians and Hal Williams); The Internet (Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians); The Super 3 (Matt Martians and others, see below) and I Smell Panties (Jasper Dolphin and Tyler, the Creator). The group’s net-based promotion has also produced a staggering amount of individual tracks, including an R&B parody song called "Love in Da Mall" by T.T.D.D. (Tyler, Taco, DeVon (Jasper) and Domo Genesis) and a parody of Lil B by Young Nigga (aka Tyler in a wig) called "Come Threw Looking Clean".

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They have garnered a cult following and have been receiving steady press from blogs as well as magazines. Tyler won the 2011 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist (for his viral "Yonkers" video) and Frank Ocean's debut album, channel ORANGE, won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2013 Grammys (it almost made Album of the Year, too.)

From 2012 to 2014, [adult swim] broadcasted their own live-action TV show Loiter Squad, produced by Jackass producers Dickhouse.

In 2015, a photo posted by Tyler to Twitter with the caption "Although it's no more, those 7 letters (OFWGKTA) will remain forever" led many to believe that the collective was splitting up. Tyler eventually chalked the reactions up to a misunderstanding, although they were heightened by further evidence of storms brewing amongst the group members. They ultimately confirmed in 2016 that they were still together.

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Because of the sprawling nature of this Troperiffic group, we've split up each artist and group within the collective into manageable entries below. Some of the members now have their own separate articles which can directed from here.


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    Tyler, the Creator 
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I cut off some friends, where they go?
Tyler, the Creator

De facto leader and, as his name suggests, creator of Odd Future. Tyler (aka Ace Creator, Wolf Haley, Young Nigga) saw the talents he and his peers had after years of being friends and decided to form a group where they could make their own rules. His song "Bastard" explicitly states, "I feel we're more talented than 40 year old rappers talking about Gucci when they have kids they haven't seen in years." Tyler's interest in music started at a young age, when he would design his own albums with cover art and tracklistings. By fourteen, he was teaching himself how to play the piano and by fifteen, he was producing his own music.

Tyler's chiefly influenced by horror films and the slick electro funk of The Neptunes, and it shows. A sizable portion of Tyler's output is autobiographical, referencing his missing father, being used in a rebound relationship and his confessional thoughts on his own life. The rest of his work incorporates elaborate storytelling scenarios involving tales of rape, murder and substance abuse. The latter part has gotten him in trouble with advocacy groups and the press, with no help from Tyler's tell-it-like-it-is demeanour and general wackiness. He famously told lesbian rock band Tegan & Sara to call him if they needed "some hard dick" after they called him out on his language. Tyler went on record early in 2012 to say that the latter elements of his style no longer interest him.

In early 2013, Wolf was announced for an April 2nd release date, and shortly thereafter the video for the first single, "Domo 23", was posted.

Discography:

  • Bastard (2009; chopped and screwed version by Mike G, 2010)
  • Goblin (2011)
  • Wolf (2013)
  • Cherry Bomb (2015)
  • Flower Boy (2017)
  • Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
  • IGOR (2019)

See tropes relating to Tyler here.

    Hodgy (and MellowHype) 
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I know that I'mma remain the same.
Hodgy

Formerly known as Hodgy Beats, this rapper exhibits a mellow, unsure delivery, Hodgy's rapping style hardened to a more aggressive style while working with producer Left Brain as the group MellowHype. Has a rather distinctive laugh that is heard across many tracks. He also has a good singing voice and has used it on several tracks, including Tyler's "Analog" and Domo Genesis' "Drunk".

Solo discography:

  • The Odd Future Tape (Odd Future compilation, 2008)
  • The Dena Tape (2009)
  • Radical (Odd Future compilation, 2010)
  • 12 Odd Future Songs (Odd Future compilation, 2011)
  • Untitled EP (2012)
  • OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future compilation, 2012)
  • Untitled EP 2 (2013)
  • Dena Tape 2 (2015)
  • They Watchin Lofi Series 1 (2016)
  • Dukkha (2016)
  • Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide (2016)

MellowHype discography:

  • YelloWhite (2010)
  • BlackenedWhite (2010)
  • 12 Odd Future Songs (Odd Future compilation, 2011)
  • OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future compilation, 2012)
  • Numbers (2012)
  • INSA (2014)

Hodgy provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: According to Tyler in "Answer"
  • The Cameo: Some uncredited singing appearances across the board, most notably on Domo Genesis' "Drunk" (though he is mentioned by Domo himself in the first verse.)
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on, Hodgy was The Stoner. After hooking up with Left Brain, his delivery grew more aggressive and moved towards more gangsta rap topics such as money, police and illicit substances. He also showed certain lyrical similarities to Tyler and Earl during this period, peppering his lyrics with political incorrectness and faux-Satanic references in Blackenedwhite as well as his cameos on Earl's self-titled mixtape and Tyler's Goblin, while at the same time providing a more laid-back foil for the vitriolic antics of the latter two. Later on he dropped most of the lyrical darkness and became a full-on "cool guy" figure in OF and sort of The Mario of the group.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In MellowHype's songs, constantly.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: On Domo Genesis' "Steam Roller": "Weed, you got it, I want it, I want it if you got weed."
  • Gag Nose: Left Brain's nose is the stuff of legend. There was once a period where his artist image on last.fm was that of Squidward's house.
  • Ironic Nickname: Mellowhype features Hodgy Beats, the rapper, and Left Brain, the producer.
  • Nice Hat: Left Brain's dog hat.
  • Piss Take Rap: Hodgy's entire repertoire as Young Swag.
  • Prophet Eyes: Both Hodgy and Left Brain have these in "64."
  • Record Producer: Left Brain focuses mainly on producing and leaves Hodgy to appear in the press. He has produced not only for Hodgy and MellowHype, but for other members in the group.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Employed liberally in both MellowHype and Hodgy's solo releases, including upside-down crosses being featured as the cover art for both BlackednedWhite's Updated Re-release and Numbers.
  • Shout-Out: "64" has shout outs to Village of the Damned (1960) and The Ring.
  • The Stoner: Hodgy's early records made him really look like a stoner. He enjoys weed, too.
  • Studio Chatter: Hodgy's solo albums are full of it.
  • Stylistic Suck: "Real Niggas" and "Respect My Gangsta", which are parodies of rap clichés released under the name Young Swag.
  • Those Two Guys: Hodgy and Left Brain are seen as this; it's justified because they're already a group of two anyway.
  • Updated Re-release: BlackenedWhite was originally released online on October 31st, 2010, but a remastered version with a new cover was released on July 12, 2011. The tracklist was changed, notably removing the songs with Earl Sweatshirt due to his mother not signing release forms for his verses to be used.

    Earl Sweatshirt 
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Please get ya alibi straight, you ain’t gotta lie.
Earl Sweatshirt

One of the most prodigious members of the group, Earl Sweatshirt (aka Sly Tendencies and Early Man) is the son of famed poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile. His lyrical content is the most vitriolic and gruesome of the bunch, constantly featuring wanton murder, rape, necrophilia and cannibalism. Despite this, his impressive and inventive uses of wordplay, double entendres and multi-syllabic rhyming have garnered considerable critical praise.

Earl managed to squeeze out one album and a handful of collaborations before mysteriously disappearing. Eventually, Complex magazine found him in a boarding school in Samoa (his mother's government job involved her working there for some time.) Odd Future refused to comment on the situation, though Tyler expressed worry over fans coming after Earl's mom for sending him there. Earl's mother also refused to allow additional songs featuring Earl to be released. Earl's disappearance prompted the chanting of "Free Earl" in concerts and in songs.

Early 2012, Earl arrived back in the United States. He officially made his return on the songs "Home" and "Oldie", and made his return performance at a New York show in March 2012. In a recent interview, Earl confirmed that he was sent to Samoa but only because he was "doing some bad stuff at the time" that was entirely unrelated to his rapping. Earl's lyrical content changed drastically after his return: he excised all of the horrorcore elements and traded those for even more amazing lyrical skills.

Earl announced his Doris album in late 2012 before dropping the video for the "Chum" single. Another single, "Whoa" (with Tyler on the hook) followed in March of 2013. After much waiting, anticipation, and plenty of delays, his studio debut album Doris was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim, followed up by the near-surprise release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside in 2015. In 2018, he released Some Rap Songs to continued acclaim, with praise for it's lo-fi, experimental production and deeply personal lyrics.


See here for tropes regarding him.

    Frank Ocean 
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Comme des garçons
Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is an R&B singer-songwriter originally from Louisiana who began writing music professionally in 2005 under his birth name of Christopher Breaux (aka Lonny Breaux.) His records focus mainly on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection and social commentary. He met Odd Future and Tricky Stewart in 2009 through his business connections, the latter of which got him signed to Def Jam. When Def Jam would not release nostalgia, ULTRA., he released it as part of Odd Future's label online, generating considerable interest in Ocean's talents. Some of his clients include Kanye West and Jay-Z (who featured him on their collab album Watch the Throne), Beyoncé (whose song "I Miss You" was written by him), Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy. Ocean also is proficient in rapping and has done so on some Odd Future songs. Several fans didn't notice that the first verse on Tyler's "She" was him rapping, for instance.

On July 4, 2012, after being questioned about some of his new lyrics, Frank revealed that his first and deepest love had been for a man. Hip-hop's always been a little homophobicnote , so this was a big deal - made even bigger by the fact that the industry rallied behind Frank and his music as a result.

Frank's official debut (channel ORANGE) dropped in July 2012. With stellar reviews and sales, it's cemented his status as the freshest thing to happen to R&B and hip-hop in a long time.


See here for tropes regarding him.

    Domo Genesis 
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I'm gonna let your love burn, cause I need it.
Domo Genesis

Rapper with an affinity for marijuana.

Discography:

  • Rolling Papers (2010)
  • Radical (Odd Future compilation, 2010)
  • Under the Influence (mixtape, 2011)
  • 12 Odd Future Songs (Odd Future compilation, 2011)
  • OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future compilation, 2012)
  • No Idols (2012)
  • Under The Influence 2 (2014)
  • Genesis (2016)

Domo Genesis provides examples of:

  • Name's the Same: Rolling Papers is also an album by Wiz Khalifa, released in under a year from Domo's album.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Averted; unlike several members of OF who are atheist or agnostic with antithetical feelings about organized religion, Domo is a practicing Christian and occasionally incorporates subtle Christian imagery into his lyrics ("Hcapd" being an example of this).
  • The Stoner: Under the Influence was out at 4:20pm on the day it was released, even.

    Mike G 
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What the fuck is caution?
Mike G

Laidback rapper with a respectable flow. Produces chopped and screwed remixes on the side, including remixing the entirety of Tyler's Bastard.

Discography:

  • Mike Check (2009)
  • ALI (2010)
  • Radical (Odd Future compilation, 2010)
  • Screwed Up Saturdays (mixtape, 2011)
  • Screwed Up Saturdays Vol. II (mixtape, 2011)
  • 12 Odd Future Songs (Odd Future compilation, 2011)
  • OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future compilation, 2012)
  • Verses (2013)

Mike G provides examples of:

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Mike G is nearly always spaced out. One interviewer from Shade 45 had to ask if he was okay.
  • Mood Whiplash: "Stick Up" is a thoroughly serious heist narrative until Taco appears out of nowhere and accidentally walks in the path of Mike's bullet.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only member of OF whose lyrics are mostly free of taboos, evil, trolling and/or bizarre sex propositions.
  • The Slacker:
    • Was reportedly left off of the shout-out section of "Oldie" for this reason.
    • Has recently released a mixtape called Verses, but he still hasn't released Gold.
  • The Stoner: Just listen to his voice.

    Matt Martians 
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Every time I think I found the one, something always goes wrong.
Matt Martians

Matt Martians is Odd Future's go-to guy for instrumental hip hop with a decidedly psychedelic bent. When lyrics are employed, they usually revolve around women or outer space. Martians has headed two projects within OFWGKTA: The Super 3, featuring himself and either Hal Williams, or Betty Vasolean and Yoshi Jankins, Jr. (the internet is a bit fuzzy about this); and The Jet Age of Tomorrow with Hal Williams. Williams and Martians have also used the name Dem Acura Boyz. As a result, Martians is one of the most prolific member of the collective.

A few of Odd Future's rappers appeared on Jet Age's album Journey to the 5th Echelon. Jet Age produced Kilo Kush's Homeschool album under the name Junior Varsity, as well as two songs for Soulja Boy.

The Super 3 Discography:

  • The Odd Future Tape (Odd Future compilation, 2008)
  • The Super D3Shay EP (with brandUn DeShay, 2009)
  • The Super 3 Instrumentals (2011)

The Jet Age of Tomorrow Discography:

  • Eloise (2010)
  • Voyager (2010)
  • Journey to the 5th Echelon (2011)
  • 12 Odd Future Songs (Odd Future compilation, 2011)
  • The Jellyfish Mentality

Solo Discography

  • The Drum Chord Theory (2017)

Matt Martians and his projects provide examples of:

    Taco and Jasper 
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By the way, we do punch bitches.
Taco Bennett and Jasper Dolphin

Two friends of Tyler's who happen to appear on a handful of songs. Neither has much skill in writing lyrics, but that doesn't necessarily stop them from trying. They have admitted to not doing much else and work very much like hype men during live performances. Jasper is one half of I Smell Panties, while Taco is one of the group's photographers. Taco is also OFWGKTA engineer Syd tha Kyd's younger brother and their house is used as the group's recording studio. Tyler, the Creator has thus far had both of them appear on one song off of each of his albums.

Taco and Jasper provide examples of:

  • Butt-Monkey: Taco. Roughly a third of Earl's twitter is talking shit about him (calling him by his real name, "Travis"). He also gets messed with the most on Loiter Squad.
  • Corpsing: Taco on Loiter Squad. Constantly.
  • Piss Take Rap: Almost every time Taco or Jasper step up to the mic, they produce this. Especially hilarious is Tyler's song "Tina", where Taco is given eight bars to rap and ends up spending six of them eating potato chips very loudly instead. With no backing beat whatsoever.
    • The two really seem to hold their own in "Trashwang", though.
  • Refuge in Audacity: During Tyler's "Tina", Jasper is in the mall and the club simulatneously. Taco is "with your girlfriend eating chips" and manages to prove so directly afterward.
  • Rhyming with Itself: Jasper Dolphin ends up rhyming "shit" and "bitch" with themselves on occasion:
    "I'm loud as fuck, I'm ignorant
    Beat your bitch in her mouth just for talkin' shit
    You lurkin' bitch? Well, I see that shit
    Once again I gotta punch a bitch in her shit"
  • Stylistic Suck: Any song that they appear on.
  • Spoken Word in Music: Back when neither could rap, they produced a lot of this.
  • Tagalong Kid: Jasper Dolphin and Taco admit to really not doing anything, with each appearing on enough tracks to count on one hand's fingers.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Used by Jasper a lot.
    Jasper Dolphin: "You dead bitch, I'm hot as fuck
    I ain't never cold, but I'm icy BITCH"
  • Those Two Guys
  • Took a Level in Badass: Taco's verse on Trashwang was actually good.

    I Smell Panties 
I Smell Panties

An early project by Tyler, the Creator and Jasper Dolphin. I Smell Panties was a comedy rap group, poking fun at all of the rap cliches that were big in the late noughties including clothes, bling, gang warfare and club culture. The most prominent subject was that of slutty women giving the group herpes and other STDs. Jasper's lyrical skill is practically non-existent in this group, providing off-the-cuff spoken word remarks and nervous laughter. While Tyler has to this day still recorded songs with Jasper, they have not released them under the I Smell Panties name.

Discography:

  • I Smell Panties (2008)
  • The Odd Future Tape (Odd Future compilation, 2008)

I Smell Panties provides examples of:

  • Basso Profundo: Even at this early stage, Tyler was using pitchshifting software to drop his already low-pitched voice even further. Inverted as well, as both his and Jasper's voices are sped up; in "Hi to Me", Jasper plays a woman with his sped up voice.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: After everyone (and their families) gets fantastical STDs in "Lisa", Jasper walks in and says, "Wait wait wait, that bitch stole my motherfuckin' Bapes!" A response of "She stole your Bapes!?" follows.
  • Instrumentals: Drop the left channel on "Bapes" and "Bapes (freestyle)" and you suddenly have instrumental versions.
  • Mood Whiplash: The sudden hilarity of "Lisa" really brightened up The Odd Future Tape.
  • Piss Take Rap: Everything. The start of "Bapes (freestyle)" is the only exception.
  • Refuge in Audacity
  • Rule 34: I Smell Panties made their own with the aptly titled "Lilo Fucks Stitch".
  • Spoken Word in Music: Aside from Jasper not being able to rap at this stage, "Hi to Me" contains extended speaking passages.

    The Internet 
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If anybody slows down, it's a problem.
The Internet

An R&B band initially consisting of Odd Future vocalist and engineer Syd (formally known as Syd tha Kyd) and keyboardist and producer Matt Martians. In 2013, they added bassist Patrick Paige II, drummer Christopher Smith, and keyboardist Jameel Bruner. In 2015 guitarist Steve Lacy, was added to the band, and one year later, Bruner left.

It should be noted that, despite their listed specialties, each member will play a variety of instruments on their studio recordings.

Discography:

  • 12 Odd Future Songs (Odd Future compilation, 2011)
  • Purple Naked Ladies (2011)
  • OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future compilation, 2012)
  • Feel Good (2013)
  • Live From Space (Collaboration with Mac Miller, 2013)
  • Ego Death (2015)
  • Hive Mind (2018)

The Internet provides examples of:

The Creative Bunch

a "sub-clique" within OFWGKTA that consists of some of the "other 40 or so" members of the group making rap music. They are officially a part of Odd Future, but rarely interact with the rest of the group outside the odd production credit. The group consists mainly of Jack Mushroom, Trizz, and Skoolie 300.


OFWGKTA as a whole provides examples of:

    Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Don't Give A Fuck Litter Life Bacon Boys Loiter Squad Butt Fuck Bitch Suck Dick Niggas Fuck Steve Harvey or NAMBLA 
  • Alternative Hip Hop: One of the few modern day groups to fit into this genre.
  • Animal Motif: Wolves, obviously.
  • Anti-Christmas Song: "Fuck This Christmas" by Tyler, Earl and Hodgy.
  • Berserk Button: A few reporters learned firsthand not to ask about Earl's whereabouts.
  • But Not Too Black: Much to their own chagrin.
  • Catchphrase: Swag me out, Fuck Steve Harvey, and FREE EARL.
    • As well as KILL PEOPLE BURN SHIT FUCK SCHOOL, which is chanted at their concerts.
  • Circus of Fear: Used early on as part of their imagery.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: L-boy's moment of silence for Earl in the intro track and Left Brain saying "Free Earl" in his "Oldie" verse on The OF Tape Volume 2, despite Earl actually appearing on that very track. This was mostly due to Earl returning relatively shortly before the release of the tape, at which point recording would have probably been mostly complete, but the group probably decided not to fix it due to Stylistic Suck and Rule of Funny anyway.
  • Dysfunction Junction: How many of them are Cloudcuckoolanders with Parental Abandonment issues again?
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In the Funny or Die video "Odd Future Gets Signed", they only walk out when the label guy sets his glass down on his table without using a coaster.
  • Fun with Acronyms - Casey Veggies featured several members of the group on his most recent mixtape (Custom #3), Casey's crew is called Peas n' Carrots International. PNCIN for short. Now what would be a good name for a song featuring both PNCIN and OFWGKTA? PNCINOFWGKTA of course.
  • Genre Shift: While most of the publicly known group raps, Frank Ocean is an R&B singer. His lyrics are extremely heartfelt. Additionally, The Jet Age of Tomorrow and The Internet are far more psychedelic and less profane (when there's even lyrics) than the rest of the group's output.
    • The OF Tape Vol. 2 is comprised mostly of the group's trademark aggressive, scatological alt-rap, so the sudden shifts into laid-back, plaintive R&B and upbeat new-rave from Frank Ocean and The Internet, respectively, come off as a little left-field, but still round out the presentation of OF's various talents nicely.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Despite the fact that they use uncensored swearing and frequently refer to horrific acts, they still manage to get some serious junk past the radar. Some highlights include: A woman's visible butt shaking in the "Rella" video (especially considering YouTube's crackdown on sexuality), Domo Genesis slapping a woman (and causing her to change races), Tyler, the Creator being shown naked (and possessing a vagina), and a downblouse shot in "She."
    • When Tyler performed "Sandwitches" on Fallon, he simply replaced all the profanity and drug references in the song with half-assed euphemisms. This includes one lyric that clearly alludes to serial rape - "fuck the mask; I want that hoe to know it's me" - with the words "fuck" and "hoe" simply replaced with "screw" and "girl", respectively. Instead of rendering his original verse inscrutable with self-censorship, Hodgy Beats opted to simply rewrite his completely.
    • When Tyler, Earl, and Domo performed "Rusty" on Letterman, they went with Tyler's above method of censoring themselves. Whenever one of the three were rapping during the performance, the two inactive members were occasionally chiming in, doing the overdubbed parts and backing vocals. In Tyler's verse, the line "All the Analog fans are getting sick of the rape, and all the Tron Cat fans are getting sick of the lakes" has the word "rape" switched with "hate," but in the background Earl clearly says "rape."
  • Horrorcore: Averted. Odd Future have dismissed this label in multiple tweets and songs. Tyler's said that he treats some of his songs like they're horror films and writes in the style of famous serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, as if he was a storyteller; hence the dismissal of the Horrorcore tag. Only about eight of the 32 songs spread across Tyler's first two albums actually hit the trope's definition full tilt (one of them, "Transylvania", goes to the extreme of being written from Dracula's perspective.) In the lyrics to "Goblin", Tyler cites "Parade" and "Inglorious" as songs that have nothing to do with horrorcore (they deal with his DIY outlook on life, specifically.)
    • Played straight with Earl Sweatshirt's pre-Samoa output, which either falls squarely into the horrorcore box or dances along the edge of it (even the Anti-Christmas Song, where he stabs a woman for no reason.) Post-Samoa, Earl has gone nowhere near this trope, is openly embarrassed by it, refuses to touch it with a fifty-foot pole, and has expressed scorn and derision for the old fans who can't accept him giving it up.
    • Hodgy Beats is the poster child for Rock Me, Asmodeus! within the group but rarely goes as deep as Tyler or Earl ever did. All of the other members of Odd Future go nowhere near horrorcore.
  • Kill 'Em All: Part of the group's name.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Most of their beats are smooth and laid-back, drawing heavy influence from The Neptunes and MF Doom. While not all of their lyrics are as gruesome as those that dominate Tyler and Earl's solo material, even their tamest material usually contains nods to vandalism, drug use, rough sex and heavy use of profanity (the latter often bordering on the politically incorrect side). This isn't always the case, though, as their beats can also be quite eerie to match the themes of songs like Tyler's "Transylvania" and Earl's "epaR", but even those songs' beats are nowhere near the grimdark theatrics of, say, the Insane Clown Posse (who the group are sometimes asininely compared to).
  • Mind Screw / Surreal Music Video: Rella. And how.
    • The ending of Goblin.
    • Understanding some of Earl's lyrics after his return from Samoa may require notes to fully understand, often bringing boatloads of Fridge Brilliance. Just look at all the references, wordplay, and allusions in the track "Chum" alone on Rap Genius.
  • Mood Whiplash: Going between Analog 2, a soft, slower love song, and 50, a loud, fast, and aggressive song, on OF Tape Vol. 2.
  • Refuge in Audacity: As much as humanly possible. In a very recent example, Tyler is a centaur, Hodgy's penis is a laser and Domo Genesis can slap women so hard they go from African-American to Asian.
    • For goodness sake, Tyler's username on Twitter is simply "@fucktyler"
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Though only some of them are atheists, they often use satanic imagery to piss people off.
  • Sampling: They usually avoid this (preferring original beats), with the exception of their Radical mixtape, in which each track was based on an already established beat that each member chose so they could outdo the original's lyrics.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted. While Tyler, Earl, Jasper and even Hodgy's outputs are offensive and vitriolic, they're pretty down-to-earth people in street clothes and have good senses of humour.
  • Self-Made Man: Odd Future itself. All sixty members are skateboarding buddies and all have contributed to each other's works, whether it be shooting photos or videos, recording or engineer songs, providing artwork, lyrics, etc. Tyler brings this up a lot, including during his Best New Artist acceptance speech during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards:
    "To all the kids that's watchin', you can do this shit too. Be yourself. Fuck the system. Golf Wang. Thank you."
  • Serial Escalation: Earl's wordplay gets more and more complicated with every release, to the point where it reaches this level on "Woah" and "Chum."
  • School Tropes: As several members were still in high school when they started out, a couple tropes show up in their early recordings. One track has Tyler as a teacher announcing that each rapper's verse is equivalent to a written assignment.
  • Shout-Out: The last verse/bridge of Frank's "Strawberry Swing" throws some Superman at us.
    Spaceships are lifting off, from a dying world
    Millions are left behind, as the sky burns
    There wasn't room for you and I...
    Only you... Goodbye...
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Lucas' verse on "Trashwang" has his use of the epithet "nigga" censored, most likely because he is white.
  • Spiritual Successor: Dare we say to George Clinton's P-Funk universe? They're similar in structure, wackiness and wordplay, only the old-school funk has been switched out for edgy hip-hop. And while there's not many crazy costumes on stage, they're all over many of their music videos.
  • Stage Names: Every member uses one, save for Frank Ocean, who changed his legal name to Christopher Francis Ocean.
  • Stealth Parody: Very, very often, but not always.
  • Studio Chatter: A lot of older songs feature this and it is all hilarious.
  • Super Group: PNCINOFWGKTA, currently a one-song only deal. Consisting of Casey Veggies, Earl, Hodgy, Domo, and Tyler. Somewhat funny when you consider that Casey used to be a part of OFWGKTA too.
  • Tagalong Kid: Arguably, the other 40+ members of the group that skate and create art as they are rarely visible from a public standpoint (a few have shown up in their music videos, most notably a blonde boy named Lucas.)
    • There are also the OF-"affiliates" like Trizz and Jack Mushroom.
  • True Companions: Tyler and Hodgy have said in a few interviews that because they write, record and produce their own songs, direct their own videos and create their own artwork and photography that they don't require anyone but themselves and would prefer to work without outside influences. Each member is supportive of each other's work entirely and they appear as one unit during live shows.
  • Up to Eleven: The bar is currently set at the video for "Rella"
  • Widget Series: Loiter Squad.
  • Word Salad Title: OFWGKTA by itself is one, but supposedly the full name of the collective is Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Don't Give A Fuck Litter Life Bacon Boys Loiter Squad Butt Fuck Bitch Niggas and is a collection of all of the group's names in one long string.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Earl subverts this. His lyrics are very hard to follow and filled with winding and seemingly random imagery, but if you piece it all together he never says anything without meaning something or connecting it to a theme.


Alternative Title(s): Odd Future

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