An extremely raucous, sold-out crowd of mostly high schoolers took advantage of Odd Future’s “I don’t give a F!” attitude Tuesday night (March 20) during the group’s concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City.
The rowdy fans partook in everything from crazed mosh pits to playful fighting to hurling glowsticks in the air and onto the stage to crowd surfing, the latter which usually wound up with the surfers crashing down hard to the ground, only to pop back up and do it all over again unfazed.
This all took place the same day The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 album was released, which encouraged the Wolf Gang fans to bug out even more.
Still, the most thunderous response came about when Odd member Earl Sweatshirt hit the stage. Backed by the entire OFWGKTA, Earl threw the crowd into a frenzy with his appearance, setting off the loudest reception of the night and chants of “Sweatshirt! Sweatshirt!”
“No more, Free Earl…that campaign is over,” Odd Future member Domo Genesis said. “My little brother, Earl muthafuckin’ Sweatshirt,” Odd Future’s frontman Tyler, the Creator added.
Helping create that energetic atmosphere at the start of the night were televised skits from the crew’s upcoming Adult Swim series, “Loiter Squad,” one in which Tyler spoofed talk show host Maury Polvich, another dubbed Blackass instead of the popular MTV show Jackass. When the spoofs were through, Syd the Kyd hopped on the wheels of steel, further hyping the crowd by playing firestarters from the likes of Cam’ron (“What Means The World To You”), Travis Porter (“Make It Rain”) and The Throne (“Niggas in Paris”).
When her Odd Future band of brothers finally took the stage they blazed through records, including their massive posse cut “Oldie,” “Rella” and the riotous “Radicals,” all the while professing their love for the Big Apple.
“Other than our home Los Angeles, this is one of our favorite places to come to,” Tyler yelled to the crowd. “This is fucking crazy! This is a lot of people, God damn it!”
Perhaps the only calm moment was when crooner Frank Ocean managed to mellow out the crowd by belting out vocals to “She” with Tyler—off of last year’s Goblin—and “White,” another record found on the The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 LP.
“That’s why Frank is part of Odd Future,” shouted Domo Genesis. “He brings in the bitches…YEAH!”
The serene moment didn’t last long, though, as the crowd went right back to igniting mosh pits once the crooner’s set was done. And Odd Future welcomed the madness as nearly every member took a turn to crowd surf. Hodgy Beats was especially into it, surfing the wave with an open umbrella halfway through the set. Tyler’s mother even joined in the orchestrated chaos, dancing with her middle fingers out, while the group performed, “Fuck the Police.”
Performing other cult favorites including Tyler’s 2011 standout “Yonkers,” Earl’s berating “Earl,” Domo Genesis’ “Rolling Papers,” MellowHype’s “64” and more, the clamorous night closed to Tyler’s crushing blow on the crew’s “Oldie” record. “So instead of critiquing and bitching, being mad as fuck/Just admit, not only are we talented, we’re rad as fuck…”