Goblin Turns 10
Hopping aboard the Odd Future hype train in the early months of 2011 was exhilarating, and maybe inevitable. As a music fan, it’s not often you realize you’re witnessing a revolution in real time. I was 27 when Odd Future popped off — too old to think of them as my peers, but young enough to tap into that old teenage excitement about a transformative force sending shockwaves through popular music. Tyler, The Creator’s obsessions were plainly evident — Eminem and the Neptunes, Jackass and Adventure Time, skate videos and streetwear brands — yet he and his crew were taking these elements somewhere unmistakably new. People followed. Looking back, you can see parts of Odd Future’s ethos imprinted on a whole generation of cool art kids, visionary outsiders, and aspiring next big things. In the moment, it just felt like rupture. The electricity surrounding the group in those days was impossible to deny, a breathless escalation that arguably peaked with the release of Tyler’s official debut album Goblin 10 years ago today.
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May 10, 2021 at 06:42AM