Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man is not shying away from the possibility of an Odd Future collaboration by detailing an interest to link with the West Coast hip-hop collective’s leader, Tyler, the Creator.
Along with describing his admiration, M-e-t-h-o-d Man killed continued comparisons of Odd Future to the Wu.
“Right now I want to get that kid from Odd Future, Tyler, The Creator — I just want to hear some of the sh*t he got. He’s in that vein that I like as far as beats go,” Mef said in an interview. “I don’t see any similarities, as far as the movement, maybe. But I don’t see any similarities because some of the sh*t they talk about. The sh*t we used to talk about was Five Percent Nation of Islam, Gods and Earth — Let them do them and I enjoy them. I’m not going to lie. And yes I do know more than just one song that they’ve done. Some of these people on YouTube and sh*t, they’re f*cking incredible with their comments.” (VIBE)
In June, Method Man shared his opinion on media outlets drawing Wu/Odd similarities.
“That’s what media does,” Meth said in an interview. “They compare sh*t. Like when [retired boxing legend Mike] Tyson first came out, I remember them saying, ‘He reminds me of a young Joe Frazier.’ They always gotta compare something to something to give you a scale sort of speak — If I was Odd Future, I wouldn’t want to be compared to anybody. I love that group by the way, I love Odd Future. I like Tyler the Creator, that song ‘Yonkers,’ — they’re good, they’re different. It’s a breath of fresh air. Tyler the Creator. Very weird. But I’m into weird sh*t.” (Soul Culture)
In a recent Rolling Stone feature, Odd Future were described as the modern day version of Wu.
The New Wu-Tang Clan: Odd Future: This L.A. crew features the most talented kids in hip-hop — and the most demented. “Oh, f*ck! we just came this close to killing someone,” says Tyler, the Creator, laughing. The L.A. rapper is calling from a car in Austin where the 11-person hip-hop collective he helms, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, have taken South by Southwest by storm — bringing a ski-masked midget onstage at one show. Tyler epitomizes the group’s demented aesthetic: His rhymes are dazzling blurs of violence, jokes and emotional bloodletting. Or, as he puts it, “I’m a big f*cking crybaby, and for some reason people like listening to me.” (Rolling Stone)
Outside of Method Man co-signs, Odd Future have received praise from rap stars like Crooked I, Eminem and Pharrell Williams.
“I was on my tour bus and my homeboy Scott Vener was like, ‘Yo, you got to hear these kids called Odd Future. It’s this kid Tyler, the Creator. This sh*t is dope. You should sign them.’ It’s funny because I was just bumping their sh*t and looking at all [Tyler’s] YouTubes, you know, where the songs were uploaded on YouTube, just listening to it,” Pharrell explained in an interview. And then I found [their manager] Chris Clancy and by the time I found Chris, they were already talking about signing — I missed that boat. I was mad as sh*t but I’m happy because Clancy’s idea to have them as the youngest in charge doing their own sh*t — just all of the stuff I always preach about, he was very head strong about making sure they did that. It had nothing to do with me but it was just interesting to see some sh*t that I had said and things I wanted to see happen were actually happening. Young kids deciding they wanted to do music their way, some sh*t they want to say and just take their destiny by the horns and just go.” (Sucker Free)
Check out Method Man speaking on Odd Future below: