The Koreatown Oddity Seizes the Day on “Finna Be Past Tense”

Koreatown Oddity

Bandcamp Daily

Artwork from Koreatown Oddity‘s Yesterday’s News. Artwork from Koreatown Oddity‘s Yesterday’s News.

The latest video from LA rapper Koreatown Oddity opens on a note of harrowing tension. Instead of his trademark wolfman mask, the lyricist appears in the clip for “Yesterday’s News” wearing a blindfold with the word ‘FAITH’ scrawled across it. He’s standing in between his parents, whose faces are grim and expressionless. As the camera slowly pulls back, the reason for their stoicism becomes clear: A white man has a shotgun aimed at Koreatown Oddity’s head. “Get your paper, meet your maker / Before they take ya, hurry up and create something,” goes the song’s hook, “’cause you can be the shit today / and yesterday’s news tomorrow.” It’s familiar advice—to make the most of each day—but in the context of the video, it feels terrifyingly urgent.

“My dad reminds me every time we link up,” says the rapper, born Dominque Purdy. “‘A lot…

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