Last year’s ‘Oldie’, off the rather underrated Odd Future Tape Vol. 2, reminded fans and detractors alike that the collective were first and foremost a rap crew. And with their combined shows with hardcore four-piece Trash Talk, championing of the local skate scene, riotous trans-USA pop-up shops and the hilarious, Jackass-flavoured Loiter Squad, it was refreshing to recall why the California-based crew blew up in the first place.
The necessarily hook-less ‘Look’, while not nearly as momentous as its lengthy culture-defining predecessor, shares a common purpose. Both tracks are effectively lyrical muscle-flexes. This time, however, the inspiration comes from a more provocative place. Odd Future’s A-team: Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis run the train on an enabling go-hard Nottz beat. Frank Ocean, who first revealed his unpredictably golden flow on ‘Oldie’ and then on Doris’s ‘Sunday’, sits out on this one: his suave, word-waxing delivery has no place in this pissing contest.