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Thursday, Apr 14, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
by Mike Barthel
The Awl (12 April 2011)

“Offensive talk about women is far from unusual in rap—you can point to horrorcore and Eminem as clear antecedents of Odd Future—and there are only a few small differences between, say, the Ying Yang Twins chanting “beat that pussy up” and Odd Future’s rape-talk. But it’s notable that the some of the same people bothered by Odd Future aren’t bothered by, say, Kanye “Yeezy upholstered my pussy” West—and that gets at an important difference.


But what is that difference? Critics of Odd Future have had a hard time defining it. They just know it exists. And what invariably happens in these arguments, on both sides, is that Odd Future becomes isolated from context and criticized based on possible (or actual) repercussions of the songs. Making songs about rape hurts people who have been raped—and it makes rape seem less serious in people’s minds; these are fair reasons to not like a piece of art, and this disliking is clearly a reaction that Odd Future means to elicit with its music.”


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