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Photographer files police report against Odd Future's Left Brain

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Photographer Amy Harris, who alleged that Odd Future’s Vyron "Left Brain" Turner slapped her as she tried to shoot the group during a performance in New Orleans late last month, has confirmed media reports that she has filed a police report against the performer.

The L.A.-based hip-hop collective was in New Orleans over Halloween weekend for a set during the three-day Voodoo Experience when Turner allegedly got physical with the photographers stationed in a pit below the stage. He allegedly slung water at them and pushed and kicked cameras before slapping a freelance photographer "across her face, knocking her camera to the ground," according to a report from NBC33 News in New Orleans.

She initially wrote in a statement on her website following the incident that she wasn't pursuing charges against Turner, but wanted “at minimum” a public apology from Turner so he could be “held accountable for his actions.”

Late on Oct. 31 the Voodoo Experience distributed a statement through its publicity firm MSO. "The Voodoo Experience does not in any way condone the behavior of Odd Future towards the approved media assembled in the photo pit during the band’s set yesterday (Sunday, October 30)," read the statement. "Festival organizers would like to apologize to their media guests who experienced and/or witnessed this abusive behavior." 

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Odd Future's The Internet release video for 'Cocaine,' and it's a trip

Syd the Kyd, DJ and producer with Odd Future, drops her first video with the duo the Internet
Warning: The new video for "Cocaine," by The Internet, contains a lot of stuff that kids or bosses maybe shouldn't see, including shots of the group's Syd the Kyd, best known as Odd Future's DJ/producer and the lone female in the thriving L.A. hip-hop group's arsenal, snorting what looks to be cocaine and taking ecstasy with a woman she picks up at a fair. There are hallucinatory scenes of the two wandering past Ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds while eye-popping passersby stare at them intently.

While they roam, "Cocaine" plays in the background, a smooth, weird, occasionally clumsy slow jam that draws from the quiet-storm R&B of Frank Ocean, Weeknd and Drake. Odd Future's Left Brain pops in for a mid-song rhyme, but unfortunately, his lyrics are too salty for us to embed the video above. 

All it takes is a finger-click, though. But be forewarned, it's a pretty insane and surreal clip -- and the final 10 seconds make the whole thing work. Watch it here.

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Photo: A scene from the "Cocaine" video. Credit: The Internet

 

Odd Future member 'Left Brain' accused of slapping photographer

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Odd Future has found itself in more controversy for its onstage antics.

The L.A.-based hip-hop collective was in New Orleans over the weekend for a set at the three-day Voodoo Experience when Vyron "Left Brain" Turner got physical with the photographers stationed in a pit below the stage.

Turner slung water at the photographers, pushed and kicked their cameras and finally slapped freelance photographer Amy Harris "across her face, knocking her camera to the ground," NBC33 News in New Orleans reported.

"I have worked many shows before, and I've had to deal with a band flinging water at the photographers, but I never expected this to happen," Harris told NBC33. She indicated, however, that she had no plans to file charges. She said her camera wasn't damaged.

Earlier during the set Odd Future's leader, known as Tyler the Creator, shared with the crowd his dismay for photographers and called their front-of-the-house concert access unfair.

An Odd Future representative denied that Turner had struck Harris and said the incident had been "wildly blown out of proportion by the photographers."

"There simply is no truth to the accusation floating around the internet. It’s no secret that Odd Future has a love/hate relationship with photographers at shows simply because sometimes they are given access the group wishes there fans would have instead," the rep wrote in a statement sent to Pop & Hiss.

"After telling the photographers to clear out multiple times," the statement says, Turner "took a swipe at a few cameras, NOT people. To manipulate the situation to insinuate an attack on a woman specifically is careless and manipulative.”   

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Photo: Odd Future's Vyron Turner, aka Left Brain, performs at the Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans on Sunday. Credit: Steve C. Mitchell / EPA

Lana Del Rey remixed by Odd Future offshoot the Internet

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For various and vague reasons, the self-proclaimed gangster Nancy Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, has been labeled "controversial." It's something that Odd Future DJ/producer Syd the Kyd can inevitably identify with. Granted, Syd has never been accused of creating a contrived alter-ego and aesthetic, but she has DJed enough Rick Ross tracks to understand the notion of irony. Plus, her group has been boycotted at festivals. (Syd wins for now.)

So it's fitting that Syd's new group, called the Internet, would remix "Blue Jeans," one of the two songs that first propelled the 24-year-old Del Rey to international attention. Flipping the druggy Mazzy Star vibe of the original version into a gauzy, almost screwed crawl, the Internet suggests the omnivorous nature of the, uh, Internet. Pulling from Southern hip-hop, British electronic and ambient, an Atlanta- and Los Angeles-based producer remix a fellow instant phenomenon whom they've never met. And this is a perfectly normal phenomenon.

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Domo Genesis stays 'Under the Influence' on new mixtape

The new mixtape from Odd Future's Domo Genesis


If you strictly skimmed the alternately rapturous and repelled Odd Future press links, you'd leave with a monolithic image of eight kids scarcely out of their teens, solely out for shock value, sex jokes and skateboards. Of course, that's part of the appeal, especially for their heavily teenage audience, but there's always been an unusual amount of emotion, whether embedded in solipsistic rants at absentee parents or their ardor for the finest smoke.

In the case of Domo Genesis, it's the latter, an almost monomaniacal love of the most elite strains of sativa that a weed card can purchase. But beneath the THC amounts that could tranquilize a saber tooth tiger, Domo is a serious student of rap. Unlike many of their peers, the Odd Future kids take their craft seriously. In recent months, the stray tracks leaked by Hodgy Beats and Domo have shown their rhyme schemes and punchlines growing sharper with each 16-bar verse. See "Mission Statement," in which Domo eloquently breaks down his ambitions and upbringing.

And while Tyler, the Creator might inveigh against the old underground heads who don't understand, Domo has always had a different perspective. When I interviewed him, he told me that Slick Rick invented swag, and on his new mixtape, he even flips Mobb Deep's "Drop a Gem on Em" into the standout, "Benediction." Other beats he pillages include Scarface's "Guess Who's Back," Kanye's "Whole City Behind Me," and "We Major."

His rhyme style is laid back but never lazy, the rhymes well constructed and in the mold of Curren$y and Smoke DZA. In fact, his new tape "Under the Influence" feels like something you'd expect to come out to the Jets crew rather than the Wolf Pack. Of course, Tyler makes an appearance bragging that he bought a house the day that "Goblin" dropped and vouching for Game's description of him as the "Black Eminem."

Just 20, Domo might lack the absurd but open-book relateability of Tyler, but he's a deceptively strong rapper and always fun to listen to. Obviously, people are paying attention, because "Under the Influence" has racked up nearly 140,000 downloads since it was first released a few days ago. It's focused and rarely lacking in style — or yeah, swag, if that's your preferred slang. You can download it below, though be forewarned that this is an Odd Future project, so it's definitely not safe for work.

Download: Domo Genesis-Under the Influence [.zip file]

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Odd Future series 'Loiter Squad' picked up by Adult Swim

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The crazy, typically unpredictable boys of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All are making the move to television with a live-action series that has been picked up by Adult Swim, the network announced Thursday.

“Loiter Squad,” a 15-minute series that will feature sketches, man on the street segments, pranks and, naturally, music from the buzzy L.A.-based hip-hop collective, will recall the style of MTV's hit series “Jackass.”

The show is being produced by the creative minds of “Jackass," Dickhouse Entertainment. Dickhouse, a production team consisting of "Jackass" stars Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine and director Spike Jonze, is also responsible for “Nitro Circus,” “Rob & Big,” “Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory” and “Wildboyz." Tremaine and Adult Swim's Nick Weidenfeld will serve as executive producers.
 
“Loiter Squad” is pegged for an early 2012 premiere.

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Photo: Odd Future members, from left,  Mike G.; Tyler, the Creator (green cap); Frank Ocean; Domo Genesis; M.C. Hodgy Beats (rear); Syd the Kyd; and Left Brain. Credit: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

MTV VMAs: Tyler, the Creator best new artist; Beyonce pregnant

Beyonce performs on the MTV Video Music Awards
Los Angeles was well-represented in the MTV Video Music Awards field for best new artist, with Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator facing off against electronic-pop act Foster the People. Tyler, however, bested the breakout pop act, as well as Kreayshawn, of "Gucci Gucci" fame, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean.

Tyler gave an expletive-riddled acceptance speech, admitting he didn't prepare one, and also confessed that he had dreamed of winning an MTV trophy since the age of 9. He ended the address with what seemed to be an inspirational statement to young fans, but it was largely bleeped by MTV so there isn't much to quote. 

The MTV award was for the single "Yonkers" from his solo effort "Goblin," released on indie XL Recordings. The win was something of a surprise for MTV, as it veered from the popularity-contest feel of the show, as "Goblin" has long disappeared from Billboard's top-200 albums chart. 

Earlier, Beyonce revealed that she was pregnant with a few knowing rubs of her belly, and gave a rousing performance of "Love on Top," a gleefully chipper single, while Orange County's rising Young the Giant was given a prime slot for its energetic alt-rock single "My Body." 

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Photo: Beyonce performs "Love on Top" at the VMAs. Credit: Matt Sayles / AP

MTV VMAs: Odd Future's nerves and Adele's elegance

Adele at the 2011 MTV VMAs
If the MTV Video Music Awards wanted to inject some controversy into the telecast, tapping locals Odd Future would seem to be a surefire way to do it. But Odd Future didn't get the chance to perform, unless one counts a tepid comedy bit in which Odd Future engaged in a dance-off with Will Ferrell and Jack Black (the "future" Beastie Boys).

MTV producers avoided Odd Future's violence-happy lyrics and instead let the group introduce the award for best hip-hop video, with Tyler, the Creator admitting he was overcome with nerves. At least the confession of butterflies was a moment of spontaneity, as Pitbull and Ne-Yo soon ran down their anonymous club-hit "Tonight." In terms of energy, the performance boasted some lasers, but even Ne-Yo seemed bored. Can't blame him, as there's little to say about this by-the-numbers dance anthem.

Things got more serious and reserved when Adele performed her bare "Someone Like You," opting to forgo hit "Rolling in the Deep." It was a fine choice, as few can tackle a ballad like Adele. Her voice is strong and direct, and tackles grief by moving with the melody rather than trying to pummel it. It was a less-is-more performance, a tactic award-show producers rarely indulge in, but Adele needs few adornments to impress.

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Photo: Adele performs "Someone Like You" on the VMAs. Credit: Matt Sayles/AP

Live review: Odd Future at Hard Summer

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All at Hard Summer

There's no mistaking the message of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All's “F666 the Police,” especially when it's riding upon the boldfaced sound waves of a billion watts of power (I'm estimating) courtesy of the annual electronic dance music festival Hard Summer. It rumbled with crystal clarity Saturday night through the warehouse district near Chinatown just north of downtown L.A., emanating from the biggest of four stages at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

The track by Odd Future side project MellowHype offered a perfect glimpse into the young L.A. rap collective's brilliantly cartoonish — and, yes, at times horrifying — hate banter, a style that over the course of the crew's two-year ascendance has viciously and cleverly breached every taboo there is, from rape to cop killing to torture and porn. 

“F666 the Police” is pretty self-explanatory, as is the repetitive chorus. It took on extra weight, though, as its lyrics echoed across the basin and landed in the ears of an impressively fortified police force that had negative interactions with dance music revelers a couple of weeks back in Hollywood before a screening of an Electric Daisy Carnival documentary. Officers leaning against cruisers, motorcycles, an armed personnel carrier, standing in the middle of the street with a menacing German shepherd — had no choice but to hear the onstage, mostly unprintable cop-baiting from the breakout rap collective, even as the officers surveyed the 30,000 revelers who made their way in.

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The story of Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt gets another knot

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Initially, there was the myth of Earl Sweatshirt: The foul-mouthed 16-year-old rap prodigy/Odd Future linchpin was sent from Los Angeles to parts unknown when his mother allegedly heard the profane lyrics on his debut, "Earl."

After his fellow Wolves became rap's biggest sensation, his enduring absence became the biggest hip-hop mystery since Jay-Z was rumored to be in the illuminati. The disappearance was partially solved in April when some Complex Magazine sleuthing revealed him to be at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa, a military-type boarding school known for its intensely strict rules and regimens.

Though members of his crew initially denied the story's veracity, it was confirmed the following month when Kalefa Sanneh's New Yorker story broke the case of the missing Sweatshirt wide open. Quoting an email exchange between the reporter and the 17-year-old born Thebe Kgositsile, the article reframed the nature of his stint in Samoa. Repudiating himself from the "Free Earl" chants that had became mantra among the group's fiercely devoted fanbase, he allegedly expressed worries that with the slogan came indirect attacks on his mom, and his fears that "I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom."

The article also asserted that he was in Samoa willingly, a claim that has been thrown into question with Complex's latest bombshell, which features an interview with Tyler Craven, a former Coral Reef peer of Kgositsile's. Refuting the claims that Sweatshirt was there willingly and about how "Earl probably did write what was published, but that it was heavily influenced by therapists at the academy who need to see positive behavior if he wants to graduate," the article leaves things even more ambiguous.

What we know (maybe): the legal age in Samoa is 21, meaning that Sweatshirt could be there for the next three years or not, depending on whether the program deems him ready to graduate. That according to Craven, "everyone there hated everything about their lives and the program." And that Sweashirt allegedly spoke to him about making dis songs about his mother and the program when he gets out. That is to say, if you believe any of it.

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 Photo: A still from Earl Sweatshirt's video for "Earl." Credit: OddFuture.com

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