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Thanks to Tumblr, the world has had more than a week to digest the major label debut of the Odd Future rapper born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile. Son of South Africa’s poet laureate, he’s resumed life in LA after reform school in Samoa.
Try to see past the cursing and the grossness of earlier provocations. His flow depicts disaffected youth flailing in the bear pit of recessionary America while the music is a gleaming, hypnotic murk. Enacting how his father’s absence destabilised him, the first single, “Chum”, is the key track. Lyrically, the 19-year-old does “relish in this anguish”, but he’s some way from equalling Kendrick Lamar.
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