The wolves were running rampant in New York City on Thursday night as the members of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All rocked three separate shows at three separate venues.
It was all love when OF singer href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/ocean_frank/artist.jhtml"> Frank Ocean took the stage at Terminal 5. While Frank engaged the crowd with choice cuts from his Channel Orange album and his breakout Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, his Wolf Gang brethren screamed wildly from the second-level rafters, cheering on their brother-in-arms. Before Frank could finish his encore, Tyler, the Creator, href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/sweatshirt_earl/artist.jhtml">Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy Beats and those fans dedicated enough to buy tickets for both gigs stormed out of the venue and headed to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square for the second part of the Wolf Gang takeover.
It was coming up on 11 p.m. when Earl stormed the stage, spitting his verse from “AssMilk” from his 2009 debut album, Bastard. “Addicts arise when I arrive,” Earl ceremoniously spit, wearing a white tee, cargo shorts and a camouflage bucket hat.
Tyler ran out next and was greeted with thunderous roars from a testosterone-filled crowd of angsty teens who immediately formed welcoming mosh pits at the arrival of their foul-mouthed heroes.
Though it was Earl and Tyler’s names that appeared on the marquee, most of the OF collective took the stage to celebrate the birthday of Hot 97 radio personality and MTV 2 “Hip Hop Squares” host Peter Rosenberg. Hodgy and Domo Genesis mic’d up for the rambunctious “Rella” from the squad’s recently released The OF Tape Vol. 2.
If Ocean’s pre-show was the calm, Tyler and Earl’s outing was the chaotic storm that followed. Hodgy, Lucas Vercetti and a number of OF affiliates dived off the stage into the sea of fanatics who showered them with cheers and a few chops to the face as well.
It was a special showing that allowed Tyler and Earl to perform older songs like the aforementioned “AssMilk” and “Pigeons,” tracks that the recently reunited friends recorded long before Earl’s exile to an all-boys military school in Samoa. More than that, Thursday night’s show was a twisted celebration of the entire collective. MellowHype performed their single “50,” Domo did his solo track “Rolling Papers” and even the less celebrated Jasper Dolphin and Taco got in on the action, performing their super-explicit “Bitch Suck D–k” with Tyler. Even Frank Ocean jumped onstage, helping his crew out by spitting ad-libs to the crowd from the DJ booth.
All of the fan favorites were accounted for, including “Yonkers” and “Sam Is Dead,” but when it came down to the show’s final song, OF denied the crowd request for the 10-minute-long “Oldie” because group member Mike G. wasn’t there to spit his verse. No matter, Tyler and the Wolf Gang won the rabid fanatics over with “Radical” as full-throated concertgoers chanted “Kill people, burn sh–, f— school” in time with the track.
The concert may have been done by 11:30 p.m. but the party definitely wasn’t over, as the Wolf Gang and their ever-so-dedicated fanbase headed to 285 Kent in Brooklyn to cap off the night with a free performance by OF’s newly signed band Trash Talk. Oh, what a night.
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