Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Odd Future's Mike G on fame and fantasy; show tonight at The Granada

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A tremendous amount of ink this year has been spilled — or, maybe more accurately, bandwidth-consumed — in the name of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA, or Odd Future for short). The Los Angeles rap collective is young, talented, black and angry — a lightning rod for social theory and moral outrage. The language is arguably more sociopathic, shocking and hateful than anything that has come before it (lots of rape, lots of murder), but the rapping is undeniably alive, like NWA in the '80s. Member Mike G took a second before jumping onstage the other day to say a few words to The Pitch about Earl Sweatshirt, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara.

The Pitch: So this year has been a whirlwind for Odd Future. How’s the adjustment to sudden fame going?

Mike G: It’s really not that much different. I feel the same. I just have to learn how to manage my time better.

The set you did on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon had a lot of controversy surrounding it, but I didn’t see anything that was so outrageous. Why do you suppose it got that kind of feedback?

I don’t know. I didn’t really see anything that was too outrageous either. It looked like a lot of fun to me. I guess people aren’t used to that. I think they forgot how to have fun.

With such a large group, do you ever feel you don’t get enough of the spotlight?

Attention and being in the spotlight are two different things. I guess if I wanted more of the spotlight I could go out and do it, but I’m OK with the way it is now.

What would you say to the critics that say your whole “shock-rap” thing is just a gimmick?

I just don’t pay them any attention. I don’t really care. It doesn’t matter to me what people think. We’re just going to keep doing it.

What kind of music other than hip-hop/rap are you into?

Basically, I like everything. I’m into rock, dub-step now and some weird techno shit.

How do you unwind once you’re off tour?

I basically just chill, smoke and chill. I listen to a lot of music and kind of stay locked up in my room.

How have you been adjusting to Earl Sweatshirt’s absence?

Oh. Well we just hope it’s not as bad as it sounds. He’s not 18 yet, so his mom basically put her foot down and sent him to boarding school.

That’s got to be hard for him, considering all of the things you guys are getting to experience.

Yeah.

Are you still beefing with Tegan and Sara?

[Laughs.] We actually still make fun of that. I don’t know what their problem was. They got a little too upset.

Your lyrics often come with a heavy dose of fantasy. How much of what you write is based on real stories and what is based on fiction?

I would say a lot of it is just imagination. I like to make up stories.

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