The Internet, the Odd Future subgroup composed of producer/singer Syd and producer Matt Martian of the Super 3, will digitally release their debut album December 20, entitled Purple Naked Ladies. Its tracklisting is at the end of this post.
The physical release for the work — on the Odd Future Records label — will be January 17, and will include three bonus tracks and exclusive art. Meanwhile, three of its tracks, “Cocaine,” “Love Song -1,” and “They Say,” are available right now as the Cocaine EP.
This duo intrigues us, particularly as it allows the normally-reclusive Syd to step into the spotlight. She is easily the best-known out-of-the-closet lesbian rapper in hip-hop, but her first major foray into sexual politics has been a controversial one. In fact, The Internet's first video, for “Cocaine,” which you can see below, has already caused outrage from at least one corner of the lesbian community.
The fizzy pop track begins with Syd singing a sweet come-on, but the song's chorus has an edge: “Do you wanna do some cocaine? Baby just ignore the consequence.” The drugs reference worked up enough folks to inspire a response from Syd on her Tumblr, (“there is no such thing as healthy drug use,” she cautioned), and another part of the video caused a stir as well. At its end, Syd and her new female friend, high, hop into Syd's truck, where the girl promptly passes out. Syd gets out, hauls her onto the ground, and drives away.
Courtney Gillette of a site called AfterEllen took umbrage with this scene, writing last week:
Is this the nightmare result of a decade or more of hip hop videos that degrade women, glorify drugs and portray women as disposable? Is this really the first music video from a queer black female beat maker who's found success in the music industry?
Syd tha Kid, for all of my hope otherwise, has proved herself just as careless and offensive as the rest of Odd Future. Women who are seduced by drugs, used, and then thrown to the ground? And the perpetrator of all this is another woman?
In her defense, Syd presumably didn't want to take advantage of a girl on a bad trip. And dumping her on the ground is reminiscent of the terrified-of-trouble teens in Traffic. Further, one suspects that if the girlfriend had been a boyfriend, folks would have written giddily of Syd's message of female empowerment.
It could be a sly “just say no” promo; it most likely is intentionally provocative. Typical of Odd Future, the video is open to interpretation. Considering that there's a track called “C*nt” on the work, prepare for more hullabaloo.
Tracklisting for Purple Naked Ladies below.
1. Violet Nude Women
2. They Say/Shangrila (ft. Tay Walker)
3. She Dgaf
5. Cocaine/Tevie (ft. Left Brain)
6. Ode to a Dream (ft Kilo Kish & Coco O.)
7. Gurl (ft. Pyramid Vritra)
8. Love Song -1
9. Lincoln (ft. Mike G & Left Brain)
10. Web of Me
11. She Knows
13. Visions (ft. Coco O.)
14. The Garden