Before proceeding any further, it should be stated that those who prefer clean, wholesome rap music should take a pass on The OF Tape Vol. 2 and the band Odd Future as a whole.
However, those who don’t mind profanity in their music or consider themselves fans of Eminem’s earlier work may just enjoy the music Odd Future has to offer.
Odd Future is an indie rap group led by Tyler, The Creator and contains eleven other members with aliases such as Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats and Earl Sweatshirt.
Though the group has been around since 2007, they have stayed largely underground.
For those who have never heard of the rap collective, Odd Future, they may be misled by the cover of the band’s latest album, “The OF Tape Vol. 2.”
Although the cover displays donuts with pink frosting topped with sprinkles, patrons will be glad to hear that Odd Future’s new rap album is consistent in offering plenty of the angry, dark, and twisted lyrics that the group started out with. Tracks like “Real B—-“ and “NY (Ned Flanders)” make up a good portion of the album and offer the traditional sound that made Odd Future work so well in the underground scene.
However, listeners will be impressed by the range of the material presented on this album. Alongside the aforementioned tracks, songs like The Internet’s “Ya Know” and Frank Ocean’s “White” offer an entirely different type of music.
“Ya Know” is presented as the album’s only dance track, while “White” adds a song about Ocean’s first love that could remind a listener of Stevie Wonder’s classic hits. While one might think that this would detract from the album, the skill with which these genre-breaking tracks are performed make them a nice palette-cleansing treat amid the heavier tracks on Odd Future’s newest album.
Like any album, “The OF Tape Vol. 2” has its share of hits as well. The song “Forest Green,” a solo rap by member Mike G, shines as the album’s potential radio song. Its beat is composed of odd mixture of synth and snare beats that will have even the most passive listener nodding their head along to the beat. One of the album’s only tracks with a solid chorus, minor editing could make this the first Odd Future radio single. Other tracks, such as, “Rella,” and “NY (Ned Flanders)” offer the same quality as group collective tracks.
In general, the album sports unusual lyrics that will have you laughing, sick and unusual beats that will have you nodding along and a truly impressive mixture of rappers that have yet to grace the radio. This album represents the newest peak of these young artists’ career. If you’re a fan of Odd Future or this sounds like your kind of music, I’d recommend “The OF Tape Vol. 2.”