OFWGKTA

Changing things up quite a bit this week, I’m listening to an old favorite out of a genre I haven’t touched on yet. I’m not a huge advocate in rap music, but it’s most definitely a genre I can appreciate and enjoy. I feel as though the genre can be very competitive for rapper since they are continuously rapping and comparing themselves to other rappers. Typically, they are rapping about the money, girl and drugs they get because they’re, “the best”. Tyler, The Creator does just the opposite. Although those subjects are still rapped about in his music, he does it in a different manner than most other artists. For those that are unfamiliar with who he is, he is a character. Tyler and his crew of rappers he brought together make up the rap group; OFWGKTA are filled with all different personalities, but are hilarious. The crew also created their own show on Adult Swim called Loiter Squad to film and show people their antics. With all this humor and fun, what could go wrong right? Although Tyler gives off this crazy persona for people to laugh with, his raps can be interpreted in a whole other way. Tyler is known for rapping about much more gruesome topics like murder and things in that category. Tyler says this happens because all while growing up, it was something that fascinated him and so he would rap about it. Understanding the mind of a killer and making sense of it. This has gotten Tyler some negative feedback from listeners who don’t want to hear about things like...

growlin thru this week…

    So for an example of the kind of sound and images this band associates with, I attached the music video I spoke of before in here. The video is for the song, I’ll Be Around. Now the music video most definitely follows the rules of rock in the sense that there are no rules when it comes to rock. This band in the video defies what some may consider appropriate. The video is definitely filled with the band members humor which can also be considered crude to others. The video takes place entirely in the emergency room wing of a hospital. Off to tragic start as a group of friends drag their friends body out of the car as it appears he is suffering from an overdose. They bring him in and he is laid out on a stretcher as two nurses wheel him down hallway after hallway. The gang of friends follow behind as they want to see the fate of their friend. Although their friend is in bad condition, his friends don’t seem to notice and all sit in the room hanging out and almost too happy. The doctor tries to revive their friend but is careless and gives up after two attempts. The video continues as they have a party in the emergency room wing, dancing around with lights and other patients. The ghost of their friend joins them as well as other dead corpses in the morgue can be seen singing along. The video overall is set in the 60’s vibe they are going for including the clothes and the mentality of the...

Los Growlers

Dating back to only about last semester did I pick this band up in my go to playlist of music. My best friend Kevin, showed me their music after attending one of their shows in Chicago. This band is considered similar to the sound of Tame Impala, the 1960’s grunge rock. Their sound and lyrics are softer than those of Tame Impala, but are perfect for a relaxing day at the beach and reminds me of sweet summertime. Although The Growlers fit in the same style as Tame Impala, they are seen as of more of underground and don’t have quite as much music out at the time. Tame Impala has three albums and countless music videos to visualize the music theme. The Growlers only have one official music video out and only two albums out. The Growlers are getting their start coming from 2010 so they are on the track to greatness. Music aside, this band makes me happy to listen to knowing the recommendation came from one of my absolute best friends. This is the kind of music he loves and puts him in such a great mood. Just knowing that can automatically make me excited to listen to....