They got pranks and jokes and tricks and stuff.
Adult Swim has announced that in 2012 they’ll be airing a 15-minute show featuring the goofballs, skater punks, and rap monsters from the art collective/rap group/merch machine Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) called Loiter Squad. Based on the description in the press release, it sounds like the group is being given rein to make some kind of short-form version of Jackass, but instead of a bunch of scarred up white former skater dudes it’ll be a bunch of young black current skater dudes. Whatever the case, it’s probably going to be a little nuts.
Most of you reading this probably know of Odd Future and their frontman, Tyler the Creator, but for those of you who don’t, here’s the pitch for their music: profane, frequently lyrically complex rap, frequently set over hard, grimy beats, featuring horror show rhymes about murder and sex (sometimes in that order). The last few month have seen the music press stumbling over itself to figure out whether or not Odd Future and Tyler “mean” the homophobic, violent lyrics in their rap or if these guys are simply savvy provocateurs. Without weighing in too much, I think there’s a little bit of Harmony Korine mixed with Eminem with these guys (except, you know, I dig their music), which is to say it’s targeted but somewhere along the line they’re going to have to own what they’re saying.
Here’s what the folks at Adult Swim had to say about the upcoming show, wherein the words “masterful pranking” were used:
Loiter Squad is being produced by Dickhouse Entertainment—the Hollywood production partnership of Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze who have been the creative power behind hits including Jackass, Nitro Circus, Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, The Birth of Big Air and Wildboyz. The Dickhouse sensibility provides a perfect match for the unique viewpoints, masterful pranking and artistic inclinations of the Odd Future crew. Jeff Tremaine, Shanna Zablow, Dimitry Elyashkevich, and Lance Bangs from Dickhouse Entertainment and Adult Swim’s Nick Weidenfeld will serve as executive producers.
Loiter Squad will air sometime next year on Adult Swim.