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The OF Tape Vol. 2



The same generalized hostility that characterizes Tyler the Creator's solo work thoroughly informs The OF Tape Vol. 2, which spends as much time insulting other rappers as it does developing its own atmosphere of isolated superiority. The good news is that it's mostly excellent, and when it sucks, it sucks on purpose. The bad news is that it does enough to matter.

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Consider "We Got Bitches," Tyler's brutally accurate send-up of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka. The production is spot-on, and the rapping is exactly as good as Gucci's, which makes the track both impressive and kind of terrible. With "We Got Bitches," Odd Future proves that a) Gucci is a toy and b) they do not give a fudge. They do the same thing on "Real Bitch" and at least three other tracks—total burns on how bad contemporary hip-hop is.

Unfortunately, almost 25 percent of OF Vol. 2 winds up devoted to non fudge-giving. The rest of the album is prime dark alterna-rap. When they're serious, Odd Future is as strong a crew as exists in contemporary hip-hop. Approximately 45 minutes of OF Vol. 2 proves that. The rest is pure, skippable fronting.

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