As Odd Future prepares to lay waste to the Billboard Bungalow at SXSW on Saturday night, the L.A. rap group's fearless leader, Tyler, the Creator, has set a May 10 release date for his anticipated sophomore effort, "Goblin."
The follow-up to last year's self-released "Bastard" arrives on XL Recordings after Tyler inked a one-album deal with the label last month; Odd Future remains an unsigned collective, although two of its members, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, recently inked a one-album deal with Fat Possum as the rap duo MellowHype. "Goblin" will include the single "Yonkers," which features an unhinged music video that Kanye West dubbed "the video of 2011" on Twitter.
"I could be a complete failure come June," Tyler says in Billboard's cover story on Odd Future. "'Goblin' could brick. Everyone could hate it. The hype could be over. I could be back to trying to fill out junior college [applications]. [...] But I don't see that happening. I see Grammys."
Tyler, the Creator and the rest of Odd Future will be on hand in Austin, Tx. this Saturday (Mar. 19) alongside Curren$y, Big Sean, CyHi da Prynce, Big K.R.I.T., Black Milk and Tanya Morgan at Billboard's SXSW Hip-Hop Showcase at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street).