Ever since my cousin’s friend, Jae, mentioned Tyler the Creator of Odd Future to me, I’ve been hooked. It’s been A WHILE since I’ve been able to listen to anything all the way through. Tyler’s mixtape was released in December of 2009 and every time I listen to it, I always notice something else to appreciate. I don’t know what I’m more attracted to. Him and his friends confidence, the message they’re trying to get across, or simply their lifestyle. He can talk about literally, anything. He can talk about drugs and girls all he wants. But if you listen carefully, “I say no to drugs, I never spark it.“
His words just paint imagery in my mind, every detail. and his voice, it just makes it THAT much more crisp. I’ve read the blogs from beginning to end, interviews, write-ups, and the young “do-it-yourselfers” are ironically inspiring. Everything they’ve done, they’ve done it themselves. The production, the booking, the graphics, everything. It really makes it hard not to be a fan of someone that is 100% responsible for their success.
People often confuse them as young adolescents that had nothing better to do but simply “be kids.” Describing it as a phase. I doubt it. I think they were always cut out for success whether it be in the music world or skateboarding, because it’s evident that they do what they want. and people that stick to their guns and their grind, always find a way to make it. The young adults and what they talk about are as real as life and death. What’s worse is that the general public probably doesn’t understand that they’re not satanists, they’re simply giving what they talk about meaning. Watch every live show or performance on youtube and tell me the last time you saw something like that. I’d call them expressionists and they’re just THAT good at it. Some people just know how to keep it real.
Lemme say this shit in slow mo: Homo, you don’t fuckin’ skate take off that box logo
Growing up in an area of Virginia Beach where a lot of people are TOO IN TUNE to other peoples lives, this just hit close to home. Tyler mentions hipsters and hypebeasts and one of his favorite words by choice is “SWAG.” He’s laced in his favorite brands Supreme, Diamond Supply Co, and HUF. Having a boyfriend that actually skateboards, we often laugh about the hype around name brands. Nothing pisses us off more than people trying to be someone they’re not.
Life is too short to want to live in someone else’s shoes. I’d rather make my own mistakes than relive someone else’s, at least they’re my own.