Tyler, the Creator and his [artist id="3894586"]Odd Future[/artist] cohorts have raised more than a few eyebrows on their way to rap notoriety. But while their followers praise the collective for their refreshing sound, as well as their renegade approach, some critics have argued that OF are pushing the boundaries of what should be acceptable in rap.
On its website, Fader magazine analyzed Tyler's Goblin album and counted 204 uses of the word "f---," 68 of the word "bitch" and nine variations of "f--" or "f----t," an observation that has some asking whether the polarizing rapper is a misogynistic homophobe. We caught up with the OF frontman this week in Los Angeles and put the question to him.
"Well, I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know. If it offends you, it offends you," Tyler told MTV News of his gay slurs. "If you call me a n---a, I really don't care, but that's just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way; I personally don't give a sh--."
And there you have it. Tyler's growing fanbase includes a host of major rappers who support the MC. In fact, during an interview with Sway, Eminem gave props to OFWGKTA. "I've heard enough to know that it feels like they're pushing boundaries and buttons, and that's definitely one of the things that I'm familiar with, especially when I first came out," Eminem told MTV News on the set of Bad Meets Evil's "Fast Lane" video in Detroit. "I love it; I love the fact that they're doing that. And the dudes can rhyme."
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