According to Tyler, the Creator, there won’t be an Odd Future reunion anytime soon.
While participating as a featured speaker for Converse’s Creative All Star youth lecture series in London, the Grammy Award-winning artist was asked if his former rap group might ever rejoin for a new project.
“Nine times out of seven, no,” Tyler replied to the crowd. “I would be open to it, but I think everyone is kinda past that. I think some people base it on nostalgia rather than like, ‘Would it actually be good?’ Like, we don’t always need a Bad Boys 5. Even though I like the last one… Ni**a, it’s there, listen to it.”
Tyler launched Odd Future — also known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All — out of Los Angeles in 2007 with Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Casey Veggies, Matt Martians, Pyramid Vritra and Jasper Dolphin. The collective later expanded to include Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Mike G, Frank Ocean and Syd tha Kyd, before disbanding in 2015.
Despite fans clamoring for a reunion, Tyler explained that the group might not have the same chemistry today and that, sonically, they’ve all improved since their O.F. days.
“Honestly, the O.F. tapes weren’t that good,” he continued. “It was just a fun time, but musically, it’s like, ‘Uh, could’ve did better.’ But, for the time, it was tight. I think now…and I could probably figure it out… I don’t know if the styles will mesh much for a good cohesive thing. No niche like, ‘Oh, this is a good idea,’ like an actually good thing. I don’t know if the styles would mesh much with everyone. But, who knows, this could change in six weeks.”
Odd Future released three projects, Odd Future Tape in 2008, Radical in 2010 and 2012’s The OF Tape Vol. 2. Since then, many of the group’s participants have gone on to reach solo fame, most notably Tyler, Earl, Casey, Syd and Frank.