Flower Boy: Tyler the Creator

We’re all secretly depraved on the inside.

One of my favorite songs from Tyler the Creator is ‘She’. In it, this guy likes this girl and, as in most songs, he tries to pursue her. Unlike most songs however, Tyler details the lengths he is wiling to go. The bridge goes like this:

One, two, you’re the girl that I want
Three, four, five, six, seven, shit

Eight is the bullets if you say no after all this
And I just couldn’t take it, you’re so motherfuckin’ gorgeous
Gorgeous, baby you’re gorgeous

I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest
And fornicate with it but that’s because I’m in love with you, cunt

It’s depraved. But somehow, it’s sweet. Tyler does this masterfully. He walks the thin line between romance and necrophilia. Death and love. In his new album, it’s the same Tyler. Just this time instead of death and fornication, we get Scum Fuck and Flower Boy.

This album is Tyler’s existential crisis. This time, though, instead of being worried about his mental wellbeing (or being disgusted by it), we can empathize. Not all of us want to kill and romantically subdue our crushes, but we all feel lonely.

I need love, do you got some I could borrow?

I find this particularly profound because Tyler was the founder of Odd Future. To the uneducated, Odd Future was the rap group that gave us: Frank Ocean, The Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, Hodgy, Domo Genesis and many other artists. Basically, Tyler once had very many friends. Now he’s alone? I mean, in the video below he was literally surrounded by his squad. I’ll go into the intricacies of Odd Future in another article.

This is something we can relate to. Haven’t we all at one point been in a situation that’s vastly different to the one you’re in now? I mean, how many high school ‘friends’ have you kept in touch with?

On the song “Foreword”, we get Tyler’s self-doubt:

How many cars can I buy ’til I run out of drive?
How much drive can I have ’til I run out of road?
How much road can they pave ’til they run out of land?
How much land can there be until I run in the ocean?

Life is absurd and nothing really matters,  so what’s the point of it all?

And if I drown and don’t come back
Who’s gonna know? (Baby, then I’ll know)

We get to see a sweeter side of Tyler free from rape-filled undertones. It’s pretty nice for a change.

Wonder if you look both ways
When you cross my mind, I said, I said

On this cut, Tyler proves his talents as a producer. The production value on cuts like “I ain’t got time” and “Who Dat Boy” are amazing. Further, the features are the best 2017 has offered so far. Jaden Smith, Kali Uchis, Lil Wayne, Steve Lacy, A$AP Rocky, Estelle and Frank Ocean? Step back and bow down please.

On this album, Tyler mentions topics or subjects that allude to his sexuality. Articles across the interwebs have come down on this and so far, Tyler hasn’t said much. I try not to fan the flames because someone’s sexuality isn’t click bait. If Tyler really has come out, then I’m really happy for him. The closet is cold and dark and KFC charges for deliveries. If he’s trolling us then we’re probably used to it.

Lyrics: Genius

Rated: 4.2/ 5

The Cozy Tapes vol. 1: Friends

First things first: R.I.P Yams. You’re the only father that we ever knew.

The second annual Yams Day concert was held last Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York and featured artists such as Schoolboy Q, Tyler the creator, and of course, the A$AP mob, to commemorate the life of their founder, A$AP Yams- who formed the group in 2006 and passed in 2015.

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Let’s get something straight, if you’re lit with the squad, then this album goes hard. Not so much if you want something skin deep. Regardless, it reeks of sentimentality. Yams was the glue that tied the block together, now they use him to remember how the pieces were stacked. This is an album for Yams, by Yams. It’s been in the works since 2013 as a follow up to the mob’s 2012 project debut Lords Never Worry.

Arguably, rap’s number one fashion savant, A$AP Rocky chooses a mash up of comfort and design thus remaining the fashion forward face of the mob, while being cozy at the same time. Balenciaga meets global warming.

I like ‘Put That On My Set’ because you can see just how strong the camaraderie between the brothers is, and neither one will hesitate to pull up on anyone (that altercation  with spaceghostpurrp a while ago can be held as proof of this statement). Mean thugging while rocking Gucci durags and staying luxuriously classy. A reincarnation of old glamour in 2016 Harlem.

‘Yamborghini high’ plays like a cypher. All of them pouring a lyrical libation to Yams before going in. You can tell that Yams really did have all their best interests at heart and with him gone…well, they’re like children who’ve lost a parent. Yams was their guiding light and now they have to figure things out on their own, but they’re making music, getting that money, and getting lit like Yams would have wanted.

Tyler the Creator passes by in ‘Telephone Calls’. A$AP Rocky makes a bashful jab at Tyler, poking the dragon, knowing what’s gonna happen when he wakes up.

Tell Tyler, better step his flow up

Tyler’s goofy oddball ways sometimes makes me forget how hard he can spit bars. In my opinion, too much Flacko, not enough Ferg. With Rocky in almost every track and Ferg in two.

Still, this is the dream that Yams dreamt, all his boys reaching their potential. Flying high, living life cozy.

Rated: 3.5 / 5

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