The Odd Future frontman hops on the horn with the Brick Squad chief to chop it up.
To begin, Waka wanted to know exactly what was “so odd about the future,” and Tyler did his best to explain. “What’s odd about the future? I think we’re all gonna die pretty soon, and the animals are gonna take over—like ostriches and shit,” he said. “I think they’re gonna take over the world and we’re gonna be their slaves.” In response to another question about the name of his group—in full, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—“Well, we were at a skate park on just a regular skate day, and this dragon just came out of nowhere and tried to attack me, so we killed the dragon. That’s how we got the name.”
More informative parts of the interview found Tyler discussing his hatred for being labeled. “When you’re put in a box, people have a set mind-state of what your music could sound like before they even look into it,” he explained. “Like, if no one ever heard of me, but I’m hip-hop-metal-rock, then they’re already gonna have an expectation of what the music will sound like. Then, when they go in and finally listen to it, it might be different from what they thought, and they could automatically hate it because they already had expectations.”
And finally, remember those lawn gnomes on stage during Odd Future’s Jimmy Fallon appearance back in February? “Oh, because my album, Goblin, just hit, and in German history, a goblin is the evil cousin of the lawn gnome,” Tyler explained. “So I thought it’d be cool to have lawn gnomes on stage ’cause they look cool but they’re the cousins of goblins and leprechauns and shit like that.”