May 11, 2011 50 comments
In celebration of the release of his sophomore album Goblin, OFWGKTA ringleader Tyler The Creator announced a surprise concert in Los Angeles. I knew I had to go at all costs. As information about the show was gradually revealed, I soon realized I would be shit out of luck getting a ticket. In what was a really cool promotion and more of an exclusive show than a ‘secret’ show, it was announced that in order to get a wristband for entrance to the show, you had to purchase Goblin at Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd. Tyler encouraged kids to skip school to get tickets, but at the ripe blogging faggot hipster age of 23 I couldn’t just skip work. Luckily for me and through the power of Internet magic, MJF enthusiast Zack drove on a whim from Santa Barbara and stood in line with a friend of his to get me a wrist band. SWAG ME THE FUCK out as they say. Follow that fool and atheist god bless him.
The concert was a total bro fest. Through all the crazy moshing, stage diving and shuffling of individuals you got up-close-and-personal with almost everyone at the show and I only saw maybe 5 girls in the whole place (which is really pretty tiny). Could it be that Tyler isn’t big with the female demographic? The video for “She” is definitely going to change that, if it’s the case. I’m going to venture to guess the reason there were limited girls was because the mosh pits are a DANGEROUS place for the soft and feminine. I was concerned about my iPhone’s life – I usually love tweeting about shows and taking videos and pictures but my phone remained safely in my pocket for this one.
One of the first things I saw on stage upon entering the venue was the guys in Odd Future cooking to Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” This was a true sign of things to come. Lex Luger, Based God, Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Clipse and more got the crowd hype and practicing their moshing for the show. Tyler came out and immediately stage dived (stage dove?) into the audience, setting the tone for the whole show. You never know what to expect at an Odd Future show and you have to have sharp reflexes or you could lose a tooth, catch a nose bleed or both.
“By the way GOBLIN came out today,” Tyler said in his signature raspy voice. Then he pointed out a kid in the front center who was wearing a Tyler The Creator mask (provided in the line at Amoeba from XXL I believe). “Out of all the ugly motherfuckers in the world, you pick my face to make a mask of?” Then he said “Ah I’m not touchin that you probably jerked off onto it, faggot.” TREATED!!!! There were some microphone and sound problems throughout the whole show, which totally added to the crazy punk rock revival feel.
Tyler’s mom was on the second floor where family and older people too afraid of the carnage of moshing were found. I noticed she was really grooving to the piano chords under “Yonkers,” (despite the lyric ‘fuck my mom that bitch will never understand me’). She definitely wasn’t into Tyler’s Waka Flocka-esque collaboration with Jasper the Dolphin & Taco “My Bitch Suck Dick.”
“My Bitch Suck Dick” was a crazy exercise into thrashing and yelling, at which point I escaped the dangerous mosh vacuum to get a drink of water from the Jane Lynch look-alike at the bar. I got my hipster faggot blogger on and scanned the audience, trying to take this whole cultural event in and process what the fuck was going on. As I sipped my water on the rocks, a young flanneled kid looked on blankly into the distance nursing a nose bleed and pondering how he would tell his parents he didn’t even get into UCSB.
Inbetween songs people would yell things like “FUCK STEVE HARVEY” and “Daddy, Nick Cannon is hilarious!” It was a true exercise in irreverence. Frank Ocean joined Tyler in his finest Bruce Lee linens for “She”, the follow-up single to “Yonkers” (video coming soon!). “Enough with that soft shit,” Tyler said after the song leading into “Transylvania”, another new song the crowd knew suspiciously well having just bought the album earlier today…
Other appearances – people looked at Domo Genesis like he was young Timbaland when he performed “Rolling Papers” alongside Tyler. Mike G did a few songs and it was disheartening to see how no one (with a few exceptions) knew any of the words or were showing him love. Some fuck boy in the crowd (who was even older than I am) said something to the effect of “well you see Mike G is the whipping boy of the group they always clown on him. He’s pretty good though.” Ugh. The young kid/dbag hipster mix is something that’s surely prevalent at all Odd Future shows.
After a weak crowd effort during a MellowHype song, Hodgy remarked “Wow that was a real ego boost – thanks for that guys.” Domo & Hodgy’s ’4th Chamber’ tribute Tang Golf had the few older heads nodding and manager Christian Clancy was more into this track than any other that night. “To Free Earl from the fucking Samoans.”
I really gotta give it up for Hodgy who doesn’t leave out a single word even in the most difficult songs. That and he’s great at rapping with his eyes in the back of his head and only the whites showing. Casey Veggies came out to do his verse on “Odd Toddlers” and killed it even though I would venture to guess most of these kids didn’t know Casey or Bastard. 30,000!
After “Odd Toddlers,” Tyler took the opportunity to call out the Based God look-alike who had been climbing on the side of the stage. “At our shows overseas we got mad bitches, but it’s all guys here tonight so why do you have your shirt off nigga,” he said. At another moment, Tyler paused to acknowledge a girl who threw up in the front row. “Get this bitch some water,” he said. “Ayo I dare one of you niggas to lick that,” he says and of course some kid does. “GOD DAMN, my nigga I feel like Usher in this bitch,” Tyler cackled. And the crowd offered friendly applause for the well-executed double dog dare. It was a total golf clap. We’ll call it the Golf Wang clap.
Then Tyler shared his story about getting arrested earlier in the day. He didn’t offer any specific details on what happend, but mentioned he’s got a pending court date and that Frank Ocean got hemmed up last week too. This lead to “Fuck The Police,” one of my favorites on MellowHype’s BLACKENEDWHITE LP. Wouldn’t you know it, the crowd didn’t really know the words to this one either.
For the final song of the night, Tyler performed “Radicals,” the track on Goblin with the refrain of ‘kill people – burn shit fuck school.’ He added that this song was really popular overseas and asked everyone to get on stage and go nuts. You should have seen the look on Taco’s face when everyone jumped on the stage! Tyler climbed a rig on the side and threw himself into the crowd of his admiring fans with reckless abandon. Speakers got knocked off stage and all hell broke loose. I don’t know how, but I got on stage and I touched Tyler’s OFWGKTA (no homo) tattoo trying to push him up and prevent him from falling off the stage. Not on no ‘I’ll never wash this hand again’ shit, but I figured it’s worth mentioning all the same. Also, he was wearing bright neon orange underwear. Ok that got a little gay.
Anyway, this show was a true spectacle and something I will never forget. That’s why I wrote this tonight so my memory wouldn’t lapse. Pardon all grammatical inconsistencies I was flowing straight from the survival scroll. Thanks again to Zach for making it possible. I’m very fortunate my iPhone didn’t get broken and that I didn’t even get kicked in the teeth. I’m glad I got to experience OFWGKTA, but next time I think me and my 23 year old blogging faggot hipster self will chill upstairs with Tyler’s Canadian mom. GOLF WANG.