A bunch of of people have asked me what I think of OFWGKTA/Odd Future/Lil B/Tyler The Creator, and to make a long story short my reaction is “NO CARE.” Since I don’t fetishize black people, I evaluate them based solely on their music, which is just OK. Let me explain…
For the most part, white people who are into rap fall into two categories. First are betas/hipsters/nerds who are into weak, boring “conscious”/arsty bullshit– Common, Mos Def, Atmosphere, Kool Keith, etc. They’re pretty annoying, but at this point it’s pretty easy for me to just file them under “hipster bullshit”
On the other hand, you have people who are fascinated by black people who are scary and/or ignorant. These are the people who make a big deal out of how they only listen to the “realest, grimiest” rap and always hate on mainstream, poppy rap, unless it’s by a black person who is ignorant/ghetto enough to earn their approval. Basically they are the rap version of douchelord hipster hardcore types who listen to Defeater and Have Heart (and yes, they are almost always white), only maybe even more annoying: they only like hardcore bands who are too smart for their own good, and rappers who are ignorant spectacles.
Pretty hard to argue with the legendary Mobb Deep about this genre: “Niggas with your half-assed rhymes about how high you get, how much weed your smoke, or that crazy space shit that don’t even make no sense, don’t even speak to me. I’m about to get on some high school shit and start punchin niggas in they face just for livin.”
I feel like OFWGKTA/etc fans have one foot in each camp. They’re sheltered pussies, so they’re not quite ready for super grimy, thugged out rap (which is mostly awful). At the same time, they get all the artsy bullshit they need from rock, so when they listen to rap it’s to get their fix of scary black people. They hate jerkin music and top 40 rap because they are neither artsy nor scary.
Basically, I think all the little white kids who are into Odd Future etc are more into the idea of half-artsy, half-scary black people than they are the actual music– because let’s be honest, their music is just okay.