The Bennett home in Mid-City Los Angeles has been an almost unintentional hip hop incubator for some of the leading voices coming out of the city today. Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt all spent time in the house, spitting freestyles and trying out their first recordings. Out of this house rose the Odd Future collective, and in the middle of that, the two kids who's parents owned the place: Taco and Syd, who built their home studio and at points served as the crew's DJs, engineers, and to this day, friends.
When Sony and Odd Future partnered, Syd got a record deal as part of the collective, even though she had never released a piece of music. She soon formed her band, The Internet, with Atlanta-based Matt Martians. The name was a reference to how they met, with Syd finding Matt on Tyler, The Creator's Myspace Top 8.
The name feels right for a band that's been slowly pieced together, with its members coming from a variety of backgrounds and even generations. Matt is the oldest at 28, and when Steve Lacey joined to make their third album, Ego Death, he was in 10th grade. Jameel's older brother is Thundercat, while Syd was mostly known for a while as the openly gay member of the "homophobic" Odd Future clan. The group's musical talent is undeniable, and their music gives you a floatin vibe, as if their bass lines are coming down from space.
For "Girl", the crew brings on Canadian producer KAYTRANADA for a jazz/soul/pop fusion that is still a crowd favourite at shows today.
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About the curator - Cormac McGee
Cormac McGee is a DJ, artist manager and concert promoter based in Toronto, Canada. He’s played in front of crowds from 10 – 1,000 people and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also runs the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.