Police Shut Down Odd Future Show in Boston

Tyler the Creator - Odd Future In Concert - San Francisco, CA - P - 2011
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Tyler, The Creator continued his campaign to kill people, burn shit and f— school Wednesday when the hip-hop collective Odd Future’s House of Blues concert in Boston was interrupted by police. (The trio of delinquent behavior is an anthemic chant in several of their songs.) The shutdown is not the group’s first in Boston, after an appearance in May 2011 at Newbury Comics resulted in police intervention after several of the rappers gained access to the top of the building and started jumping from rooftop to rooftop.

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Footage submitted to Pitchfork shows Tyler explaining the shutdown to the crowd at the show. "We wanted to finish [the show], but the owner of the club made us turn it off,” he said. “The police are right there." A few seconds after he made his statement, the promoter or police shut off the stage lights in the venue, to the disapproval of attendees. The Boston show was the group’s first since the return of mysteriously long-absent member Earl Sweatshirt, who performed Tuesday with Odd Future in New York.

Odd Future’s visceral, controversial style has ruffled the feathers of many media pundits – much less authority figures – since the official debut of the group via Tyler’s album Goblin premiered last year. Tyler was arrested and later released on May 11, the day of the album’s release, before playing a free show for fans that night at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Reviews for the album, which followed a successful series of mix tapes and unofficial releases available for download from their website, were mixed but positive, hailing Tyler’s talent but critiquing his use of gay slurs and other language that some considered incendiary.

Since then, the mainstream media has paid increasing attention to Tyler and the rest of Odd Future (the group’s full name is Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All). Singer Frank Ocean collaborated with Beyonce on her album 4 and went on to provide vocals on the first track of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne. Subsequently, smaller collaborations between members, including BlackendWhite by Mellowhype (featuring Hodgy Beats and Left Brain), received official release, while duo The Internet (Syd Tha Kid and Matt Martians) issued Purple Naked Ladies on Jan. 31, 2012.

Although no official release date has been announced, Tyler’s follow-up to Goblin, titled Wolf, is due some time in 2012, featuring instrumentals the performer has made since he was 15 (he’s 21 now).