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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, or more commonly, Odd Future, is a hip-hop collective based out of Los Angeles. The web-born collective has been on a steep rise since 2010. Odd Future contains front man Tyler, the Creator and includes rappers Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and Mike G, singer Frank Ocean, producers Left Brain, Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians, and other non-musical members.
Known for their audacity and rebel-like antics, Odd Future has been nominated for Best Crew of 2011 by MTV2’s Sucker Free Awards and Best Web-Born Artist by O Music Awards. Their rise to fame has a lot to do with Tyler, the Creator whose beats are quite eclectic, spanning from crunk to 90’s underground hip-hop.
Currently on tour–they performed last month in Seattle—, the collective has been sharing their live energy with the nation. Going to an Odd Future show is more like going to a punk rock show rather than a typical rap performance. When seeing Odd Future, one can expect nothing less than moshing, stage-diving and skanking. Basically, the collective definitely loves to push buttons and stick it to the mainstream.
Now with a sketch-comedy show on Adult Swim called Loiter Squad and solo success from many of its members, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All is a definite force to be reckoned with.
Though rising to fame in 2010 with his mixtape, Crash Landing, Kid Ink isn’t quite a newcomer to the hip-hop industry. He spent most of his early career at the control board, mixing and producing for artists like Sean Kingston and Sean “Diddy” Combs–he must be partial to the name Sean. Jokes aside, Kid Ink is quickly becoming a name to be known from the east to the west.
Kid Ink may be from Los Angeles, but he raps with an east coast flare, successfully blending the style of both sub-genres. Kid Ink is currently working on his first full-length album, Up & Away. Its expected release June 12, 2012.
Australia native, Iggy Azalea, began rapping at the ripe age of 14. Azalea began her claim to fame with a series of freestyle videos on youtube that went viral, landing her a recording contract with Interscope Records.
And she isn’t a gal to be messed with. She means business with her hard delivery and commanding lyrics, on her recent mix tape Ignorant Art Iggy proves she can rap fast as well as slow switching up her sound and proving what she’s worth with every song. Keep a look out for Iggy’s new album in 2012 The New Classic. With Iggy in the game, Nicki Minaj is going to need to keep a hold on to her skirt.