Rap moguls Jay-Z and Diddy are reportedly looking to sign rap newcomers Odd Future as their hip-hop profile continues to make waves throughout the entertainment industry.
According to reports, the group is also being sought after by additional music moguls.
Even Sean “Diddy” Combs is bowing to the wild demands of yet-to-be signed, punk-rock- hip-hop supergroup Odd Future. Music honchos including Roc Nation’s Jay- Z, SRC’s Steve Rifkind and Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine have been fighting to sign the band described as an “urban Sex Pistols.” The anti-establishment band has been having some fun by asking the bigwigs to meet them on their turf — the Supreme skateboard shop in Fairfax, Calif. Rifkind, who sources tell us is soon to make a formal offer, managed to get them to his office, but said frontman Tyler the Creator told him: “If you are serious about the meeting, I want Randy’s Donuts, swivel chairs and a megaphone.” Diddy — who’s said to be “desperate to sign the group to prove that he’s onto something hot” — set up a meeting between Tyler and Justin Bieber after the band demanded he deliver the pint-size pop star. A source said, “Tyler asked Diddy for access to Justin, so he pulled strings.” A rep for Odd Future said, “Tyler did meet with Justin, and Diddy helped make it happen.” (New York Post)
Group member Tyler the Creator currently has his own solo album arrangement currently in effect.
Tyler signed a one-album solo deal with XL Recordings. His first retail disc, Goblin is set to come out on May 10, while OF sub-group MellowHype featuring Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, has their BlackenedWhite sophomore LP being re-released this summer thru Fat Possum. (XXL Mag)
After Jay-Z beat Diddy to the punch by signing Jay Electronica to Roc Nation, Puff later came forward and addressed initially feeling betrayed.
“I definitely felt a way about it because that’s my friend,” Diddy said December 22. “I was without a doubt just looking at the situation selfishly. I wanted to rock with my friend. But at the same time, I support my friend on what’s best for his career and Jay-Z is also one of my best friends in the game — I was a little bit of a sore loser and at the same time just being a little bit sensitive and emotional. But we talked about it. I understood where he was coming from. That’s the beauty of our friendship.” (Shade 45)
Last month, Tyler the Creator talked about Kanye West inspiring his career.
“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)
Check out some recent Odd Future footage below: