West Coast rap group Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator has sent a warning in Kanye West‘s direction about plans to prove the world he can compete with the Grammy-winning hip-hop star.
While admitting Yeezy is an inspiration, Tyler wasted no time in calling him his rap competition.
“I’m coming for Kanye West’s head because he’s my competition, Tyler said during his mtvU Woodies pre-show interview. He then partially backpedaled, changing course to praise Kanye. “I’m a big Kanye West fan, and I also compose music and I rap and I direct videos, and I don’t want him to think he’s the only person that could do that… My competition isn’t other upcoming rappers and s—. It’s him.” (Buzz Worthy)
Last month, Kanye West expressed his co-sign of Tyler’s “Yonkers” music video.
Odd Future may have popped up on hip-hop’s radar seemingly out of nowhere, but the L.A.-based hip-hop collective has been making a name for themselves for quite some time. A recent visit to ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,’ where they performed ‘Sandwitches,’ put them on mainstream’s map as well as garnered them a bunch of new fans, one being Kanye West. Kanye, known for his Twitter rants, took to the social networking site on Wednesday (Feb. 23) to tweet about Odd Future member Tyler the Creator’s video for his track ‘Yonkers,’ dubbing it “the video of 2011.” (The Boom Box)
First up for Tyler is his forthcoming Goblin solo album set to drop on May 10th.
“I could be a complete failure come June,” Tyler says in Billboard’s cover story on Odd Future. “‘Goblin’ could brick. Everyone could hate it. The hype could be over. I could be back to trying to fill out junior college [applications]. […] But I don’t see that happening. I see Grammys.” (Billboard)
Odd Future have reportedly been crafting tracks together for the past few years.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, a ten-member cult rap collective from L.A., bring to mind a younger, crazier Wu-Tang Clan — if the Clan had skateboarded and rhymed about drugs and gore instead of chess and kung-fu. Ranging from the ages of 16 to 20, core members Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Mike G, Left Brain, and Hodgy Beats started making music along with collaborators Taco, Matt Martians, Domo Genesis, Syd, and Jasper the Dolphin in 2007. The crew’s crude sense of humor and confrontational subject matter earned them a huge underground following, and put them on “top artists to watch” lists. Throughout 2010, Tyler, Earl, Mike G, and MellowHype (Hodgy and Left Brain) released mixtapes individually as free downloads, but as of 2011, no concrete plans were yet made for a definitive full-length OFWGKTA album. (AOL Music)
Check out Tyler’s “Yonkers” music video below: