The average age among the mass of people waiting under the Hammerstein's majestic awning for the Odd Future show looked to be hovering around eighteen years old, bumped up a few notches because of the parents interspersed throughout. The crowd was still extremely, ridiculously young. Even the non-teenagers seemed young. Standing in line for a 21+ wristband, the guy behind me asked his buddy to share his (forthcoming) drink with him, saying, "I don’t have any money for drinks. My mom only gave me $20 for the train."
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There are ways to be provocative and socially conscious that don’t require a litany of mental gymnastics to justify. It may seem like I really despise OF. I don’t. If you were to google my name or check out my tumblr, you may find I’ve written a lot about them, a lot of it positive. I think OF is captivating as hell, and I’m constantly struggling with why that is. (Cf, this essay.)
Getting more popular than you would have wanted is an old story. Odd Future tried to put their swag spin on Earl's absence. They built up the mystery of it. They reveled in their fans' chants. But when the story was (mostly) resolved, there was no mystery to work with. It was like meeting someone from an online dating site: Not necessarily bad, but different in a way you can never take back.
Everything you need to know about Odd Future is already there, in their name. “Odd.” “Future.” “Odd.” “Future.” Say it with me: “Odd Future.” So we’re done here, right? Eh…
By the time they played their first New York show, the Odd Future story was at maximum volume, and had three notable features.