Well this is a feather in our rap cap: The two most prominent figures (unless you count Frank Ocean) in super-hyped L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All — Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt — are coming to Bend May 10 for a concert at Midtown Ballroom, according to an email from the show’s Chico, Calif.-based promoter, JMax Productions.
Tickets cost $22 (plus fees) in advance or $25 at the door. Advance tickets go on sale today at Ticketweb or by phone at 866-468-3399.
In 2010, Odd Future shot to fame astoundingly quickly when music critics and bloggers fell hard for the group’s shocking and juvenile lyrics (they were still teenagers, to be fair), punk-spirit live shows (stagediving and slam-dancing were the norm) and independent status (the group initially released several mixtapes for free download on Tumblr).
Consistently dope beats and high-quality flow also helped, no doubt. These young kids came out of nowhere with their sound, skills and aesthetic already dialed in.
The attention led to a major-label deal for ringleader Tyler, who released “Goblin” in 2011. Here’s the best song from that album.
The attention also brought accolades for Earl, who is generally considered the best pure rapper of the group. He still hasn’t released an official album; his debut “Doris” is due later this year. Here’s a video he just recently released for the song “Whoa.”