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All those who have written Odd Future off as a fad should now stand corrected.  The 11 person collective nearly matched the success of the more publicized debut from leader Tyler The Creator, by moving more than 40,000 units this past week.  The OF Tape, Vol. 2 plays through like a crazy jumbled, eclectic playlist, and it seems like OFWFKTA wouldn’t have it any other way.  It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the rap stable now that Earl Sweatshirt is back in the mix.  Rev. Run’s youngest son, Diggy, surprised many by cracking the top 20 this week with his aptly titled commercial debut, Unexpected Arrival.  Diggy managed to outdo Machine Gun Kelly’s EP, which pushed a meager 8.5k, which isn’t terrible considering it is being billed as the soundtrack to a book.  I’m personally not sold on Diggy, but it’s undeniable that the kid has a bright future ahead of him.  If you have consistently checked this column, you may have realized that Christian rap has become a growing trend.  This week, the Christ-praising MC Swoope made an impressive showing by selling over 2,000 copies of his album Wake Up in the digital space alone.   I took the time this week to check out a couple of singles that have been smashing the charts on iTunes.  I knew B.o.B was killing the game, but I’m still surprised that he did 400k plus in one month for “So Good,” especially considering this track is readily available for free download just about everywhere. Check back next week to see what numbers Bay Area legend E-40 puts up with the release of his triple album, The Block Brochure.

 

Odd Future “The OF Tape, Vol. 2″ – 40,110 (60% digital)

Diggy “Unexpected Arrival” – 20,725 (15% digital)

MGK “Half Naked & Almost Famous” – 8,517 (100% digital)

Swoope “Wake Up”- 2,353 (100% digital)

Slaughterhouse “Hammer Dance – Single” – 11,197 (100% digital)  *Two week total*  [listen to track]

B.o.B “So Good – Single” – 433,252 (100% digital)  *Four week total*  [watch video]

2012 Paid Dues Lineup

 |  February 16, 2012
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PAID DUES LINE-UP

Paid Dues Stage
Wu Tang Clan
Odd Future
Living Legends
Dipset
Heiroglyphics
Boot Camp Click
Doomtree
LA Symphony (Reunion)
Swim Team (Open Mike Eagle, DFD, VerBS, Alpha MC)
Oldominion
Surf Club (Kent Money, Chase N Cashe, Hit Boy SC)

Monster Energy Stage
Mac Miller
Brother Ali
Three 6 Mafia
Lecrae
Macklemore
Cunninlynguists
Alchemist and Oh No are Gangreene
Mac Lethal
Rah Digga
RA the Rugged Man
Psalm One
Rapsody
Alexander Spit
Kosha Dillz
Grind Time Battles:
Dirtbag Dan v. Isaac
Jonny Storm v. Real Talk
Hosted by: Mad Illz Poison Pen and DJ Foundation

Dues Paid Stage
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Quik
Dilated Peoples
Psycho Realm
PUTS
Crooked I
Rass Kass
Self Scientific
Ab-Soul
Overdoz
Los Rakas
Trek Life
Tiron & Ayomari
Tay F 3rd
K- Flay
Moe Green
Curtiss King
Reverie
Hosted by: DJ Mark Luv x Noa James

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Quite possibly, the most illusive rapper to walk the face of the planet in the past decade has arisen from the depths of the abyss. At first glance, Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt looks like your average LA hip hop, skater grom, but don’t be fooled, because there’s one thing that separates him from the rest … his insane ability to spit cryptic flows with ease.

However, during Odd Future’s rapid rise to hip hop prominence, which took place in the matter of a year or so, Earl was nowhere to be found. While his video to “Earl,” off his mixtape Earl went viral on YouTube, Odd Future fans were left scratching their heads as to his whereabouts. But thanks to the hard work of stalkers worldwide, Complex was able to track him down in Somoa, where he was said to be attending Coral Reef Academy, which is a program for “at risk teenage males.”

Fast forward to Wednesday night, Odd Future’s overlord Tyler, The Creator tweeted “Oh. Thebe Has….I Mean Earl Has A Twitter. @earxsweat.” On Earl’s new Twitter account, a link led followers to a YouTube clip containing a snippet of a new song simply titled, “Home,” with Earl saying “If you want the whole thing, get me 50,000 by today!” Low and behold, his Twitter account got 50,000 followers and we’re left with a new track, and a rejuvenated sense of hope that the sought-after Odd Future spitter will now be blessing our ear drums for some time to come.

Earl Sweatshirt “Home”

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