watch your step
by Eric Taverna
The most controversial rap group collective of our time Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All [OFWGKTA] is back with there new studio album The OF Tape Vol. 2. The album is a showcase of the collective with tracks that include the groups most prolific members. Produced entirely by the group with no outside influence, Left Brain & Tyler, The Creator create dark lo-fi beats that compliment the equally dark lyrics thrown over them.
There is not middle ground for a fans of the group, you either absolutely love OFWGKTA or hate them. Being on the side that loves OFWGKTA, I have to say this is my favorite album released by the collective. The original beats and collaboration between the rappers is refreshing to hear and totally addictive. From front to back this album delivers a unrelenting assault of vulgarity, offensiveness, humor and unmatched swag and flow.
The groups most prominent member Tyler, The Creator takes a step back from the spotlight and lets the other members of the group stand out as the stars of this album. Hodgy Beats actually comes out as the star of the album, being featured in 10 of the 18 tracks, reminding us that he is one of the best in the group. The album is a kick to the pants to all other rappers in the game. OFWGKTA makes it clear that they don’t care about being accepted by everyone, and thats in part whats makes the group so great.
The visuals for the groups singles “NY (Ned Flanders)” & “Rella” are equally as insane as the lyrics themselves. The first shows Hodgy Beats as a dead beat dad and Tyler, The Creator as a baby that meets an unfortunate encounter in a bathroom. “Rella” starts off unrelenting, totally inappropriate and continues in a way that only could come from Tyler’s mind.
I can’t stop listening to this album, its too good to take off repeat. Some of my favorite tracks are “Forest Green” a solo track by the groups most forgotten member Mike G. The high energy anger fueled track “50” by MellowHype (Left Brain & Hodgy Beats). The stand out track to me is “P” by Hodgy Beats & Tyler, The Creator. The beat is low, slow and dark. Lyrically, it is a shinning example of the twisted fantasies of the group and Tyler reminds listeners that he is the master of the group.
My final words on this album is best said by Tyler in the Wu-Tang styled album ending epic “Oldie”. As Tyler says “Just admit, not only are we talented, we’re rad as f***, b******.” I give this album two middle fingers up, just don’t play it in church….actually do it.