HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
WHY THEY MATTER: If recent SXSW hype is any indication, then these rap misfits are in for a big year. One of SPIN's Next Big Things and led by the smooth-flowing, insect-eating Tyler the Creator, this collective is just as interested in street art, pop culture, and skateboarding as being big in the hip-hop game.
YOU SHOULD KNOW: One of the group's most exciting members, Earl Sweatshirt, is missing in action. The MC behind the provocative-bordering-on-obscene single "Earl" has been out of the Odd Future circle for months. Rumors suggest he might be in boarding school, or juvie. Will Coachella mark his return to the fold?
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Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »