Low End Theory unplugged its sound system for the final time with a packed house on Wednesday, August 8. The bittersweet event brought droves of avid supporters for the send off, and even featured an Odd Future reunion. The closing of LA’s beloved club night went out with a bang, with Tyler, the Creator set to headline. In a twist of sorts, a mini-reunion ensued with Earl Sweatshirt, Syd, Hodgy Beats, and more. The group’s former factotum went on to mention The Airliner, where the beloved experimental hip-hop and electronic club night took place every Wednesday for over a decade, was in fact where Odd Future had their first show.
Oh, and A$AP Rocky showed up too. Low End’s send off was quite the affair. Tyler and Rocky’s club appearance was closely followed by a new drop from the two rappers in the new clip for “See You Again” from 2017’s Flower Boy. Stirring anticipation for a collaborative project between the A$AP Mob and Odd Future frontmen is starting to build, and hopefully it materializes soon.
For a decade, the Low End Theory, the Los Angeles club night, was instrumental in building the wave of smart and heady beat-based music in Southern California. In the popular imagination, the night was probably most closely associated with Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder crew, but plenty of other giants passed through the Low End … More »
Earl Sweatshirt has cancelled a brief run of festival shows he was scheduled to perform in Europe. Hours before he was scheduled to perform at Field Day in London, the festival announced that the Odd Future rapper would not be able to perform. Earl was also set to perform at festivals in Dublin and Manchester, … More »
Houston has had a year. In August, the world watched as Hurricane Harvey submerged the city in an incomprehensible amount of water, and as freeways turned into gushing rivers, the country turned to memories of Katrina and the vast devastation it caused. And a month after Harvey hit, the Houston Astros won their first World … More »
2017 was arguably Tyler, the Creator’s biggest year yet. The OFWGKTA founder released his fourth studio albumFlower Boy back in July to widespread critical acclaim. It saw Tyler hit lyrical stride at the peak of his career through a journey of introspective, self defining tracks.
Tyler, the Creator’s debut Tiny Desk performance was the first time NPR has held a nighttime performance, at the special request of Tyler’s team to light the room themselves.
Tyler and his bandmates perform bathed in a saturation of rich, self lit colors, “What’s your name?” Tyler asks a woman in the crowd. “Nana” she replies. Tyler then motions to his backing choir to sing along, “Nana in this motherfucker” they sing. It’s quite silly, but Tyler and his backing group sing with an impassioned fervor.
The group plays “Boredom,” “See you Again,” and “Glitter” across the twenty minute concert, all songs from Flower Boy. Tyler’s bandmates balance his nonchalant frontman presence with their earnest vocal hymns. Even when he’s joking, Tyler, the Creator seems to hit a soft spot in his audience.
Red Bull Radio has two exclusive radio shows airing Friday, May 26 to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. First up is Earl Sweatshirt & Knxwledge Stay Inside at 1:00pm PDT, where the two artists will broadcast live from Red Bull’s Detroit studio. On previous episodes of Stay Inside, the duo has played tunes ranging from hidden gem rap to jazz, soul and more.
Directly after Earl and Knxwledge is Flying Lotus on Bruh with Awful Records at 3:00pm PDT. Red Bull Radio reports that FlyLo is set “to revisit his first movie’s reviews, talk tour life and joke about video games and wrestlers.”
Nas proclaimed Hip Hop Is Dead 10 years ago. He had to raise the stakes on the album with a grandiose title and statement to start a conversation (and sell records). What he most likely meant, coming from the old-school ilk and seeing dance crazes take over the mid-aughts, is that lyricism is dead. More »
Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt started out together as linchpins of the Odd Future crew, but they’ve gone separate directions in recent years, and they haven’t made much music together in recent years. That’s changing. Earlier this fall, the two briefly reunited onstage at a Calgary rap festival, performing one of the few … More »
A quick note: I wrote this column yesterday afternoon, before the passing of Shawty Lo. Shawty Lo’s death is obviously the most important thing that’s happened in rap this week, and he absolutely deserves a longer consideration. I might write one next week. In the meantime, please watch the “Gucci Bandana” video at least … More »
Earl Sweatshirt has a habit of performing new material at concerts, and it’s usually a treat when he does. A little over a week ago, he debuted three new songs in his set at the One Love Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta Canada on 9/11 and fan footage has slowly began to surface. Earl didn’t … More »