Our panel of music experts has proven themselves less-than-expert on any number of legendary subjects–Metallica, The Clash, Boyz II Men, pretty much anything that doesn’t have a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo in it. So we thought we’d test their knowledge about current events. You can’t click on any piece of rock criticism this month without seeing the words “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All.” (Seriously, even the NPR review of the Paul Simon record might have stuck in the phrase “totally fucking swag.”) There’s a lot of chatter about these skateboarding, shouting, swearing, slur-tossing, syllable-flipping, stage-diving sociopaths–but do we really know who they’re talking about? We asked 15 music critics:
How many of the 11 members of Odd Future can you name?
This should be easier than puking up a hissing cockroach, since hoarding OF mixtapes has been the new collecting baseball cards among the insular geeks who run the nerdosphere. One of the members probably called you the f-bomb over Twitter. It’s no professional secret that Tyler hates music critics and bloggers with a passion, but will we return the favor? We once again cobbled a consortium of 15 professional and semi-professional rock critics, all given the usual rules:
1. I will not identify you AT ALL, so it is OK to be wrong. [We will say that our esteemed panel edits magazines, websites, and alt-weeklies. They have written for pretty much every outlet you’ve ever heard of, from Rolling Stone to Spin to Billboard.]
2. You can’t use Google.
Will our panel swag it out? The correct answer and radical results below.
The correct answer: Tyler, The Creator; Earl Sweatshirt; Frank Ocean; Hodgy Beats; Domo Genesis; Mike G; Left Brain; Syd The Kid; Matt Martians; Jasper Dolphin and Taco
Of 15 polled:
Number of critics who could correctly name all 11 members: 0
Number of critics who could correctly name six or more: 3 (the record was eight members)
Number of critics who could correctly name three to five: 10
Number of critics who just knew Tyler: 2
Most correctly answered members besides Tyler: Earl Sweatshirt and Hodgy Beats
Least guessed members: Mike G and Matt Martians (0)
Number of critics who share a birthday with Hodgy Beats: 1
Number of critics who knew there was a female in the band, but could only recall her “the token chick” or “the ‘I slap bitches’ chick” or “The lesbian DJ who proves these guys aren’t really misogynist homophobes: 3
Number of critics who referred to Taco as “I’m not sure if he’s the Cappadonna or what”: 1
Number of critics who referred to Jasper as “their Fonzworth Bentley”: 1
Number of critics who asked us why we hate women: 1
Well, it turns out we don’t know as much about these miscreants as we previously reported. Maybe if Tyler wouldn’t call us mean names all the time, we’d be more apt to remember his friends! Anyway, here’s a quick primer on one of the most unsung (and unguessed) members of the crew, Matt Martians. Matt is a producer who–as a member of Atlanta-based production crew The Super 3–clearly shares Tyler’s love of N.E.R.D.y genre cross-pollination, mushy noise and spaced-out funk. Odd Future fans know him best as one half of The Jet Age Of Tomorrow, the Neptunes-gone-witchwave head-knockers responsible for two of OFWGKTA’s 12 free mixtapes. Plus he does great illustrations! If Odd Future’s lyrics make you squeamish, why not curl up with this mushy, spacebound Jet Age instrumental?