By now I would have hoped you’ve heard about odd future. They’re a rap collective from Los Angeles that has exploded on to the rap scene in the recent year. Kanye West tweeted Odd Future front man Tyler the Creator’s “Yonkers” video and it was all over. They quickly blew up and gathered an immense following. Members of Odd Future are very diverse in their abilities. Tyler himself is a producer, director, rapper actor, graphic artist, and fashion designer. Tyler, the Creator is exactly that. He is a Creator. The group contains many different types of talents, skate boarders, producers, photographers, promoters. Everything. Since there’s a fuck load of people in this crew, hyping shit up on Twitter is easy. Follow any number of those guys and you’ll constantly be bombarded with release dates and tid bits of knowledge that passionate fans use to speculate on. But Odd Future’s biggest talent, a cash cow that is waiting to go viral, is Earl Sweatshirt. Earl was in Somoa for awhile because his mom sent him there for boot camp or some shit. The kid just turned 18. Nonetheless, he still has a huge following for his shit that was produced when he was 14, 15 and 16. People on Odd Future forums make posts about almost everything the kid has tweeted since his arrival in the states. He’s released one song since then. One. And not for sale or anything, for free. Once he has enough material to be sold, it’s a wrap. I’m not sure if rap as an industry is even ready, but I know I am.
So I’ve been perusing the Atlanta Falcons Message Boards pretty frequently of late, and there’s thread after thread about cutting/trading important starters that have contributed a lot to the Falcon’s success, including Turner, Roddy, DeCoud, and even Matt Ryan. Not sure this is the best idea. The Falcons obviously weren’t buying into the schemes last year and we will see a much more intense and aggressive team next year. Hold tight, Falcons fans. Just because DeCoud, Jerry and Baker won’t be cut doesn’t mean Thomas Dimitroff doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s got us this far, don’t lose faith.
As for our free agents, I believe we should let Abraham and Lofton walk so that we can pick up some game changers on defense. I would love to see the Falcons snagging Mario Williams, and I really could see it happening. The media has him landing in Seattle, but I think Williams would prefer playing on a team closer to winning a Super Bowl with a highly reputable DC in Mike Nolan. Plus, he’s from North Carolina. He’d like the Georgia atmosphere better than the Pacific Northwest.
As far as other free agents go, our priorities to sign should be Grimes, McClure, Biermann, Douglas, Sanders, and Hayden. I also think that we should sign Channing Crowder to replace Lofton, because he’s played in Mike Nolan’s system before and is still under 30. Then, if we have enough cap space to make another decent free agent signing, grab and offensive lineman or a DT. An upgrade at any of these positions would be nice.