Tyler, The Creator-Flower Boy (2017)

My Rating: 82% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 85%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 84% (B++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Foreword (feat. Rex Orange County)
  2. Where This Flower Blooms (feat. Frank Ocean)
  3. Sometimes…
  4. See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis)
  5. Who Dat Boy (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  6. Pothole (feat. Jaden Smith)
  7. Garden Shed (feat. Estelle)
  8. Boredom (feat. Rex Orange County & Anna of the North)
  9. I Ain’t Got Time!
  10. 911 – Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean & Steve Lacy)
  11. Droppin’ Seeds (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
  12. November
  13. Glitter
  14. Enjoy Right Now, Today

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Hungover.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

One of his best album covers yet.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes!

Final Thoughts:

Flower Boy is Tyler, The Creator’s best album yet. We’ve ditched anger for regret on this release, and it makes the project much more approachable then some of Tyler’s other work. Not only has the tone changed, Tyler seems to have taken mistakes from Cherry Bomb and added the genre he was going for with some laid back flowing on it making it more of a hip hop album then Cherry Bomb. There are even a couple songs that made me double check my iTunes to see if it was actually Tyler, a few of them reminded me of the now trendy King Krule. Tyler has compromised on Flowerboy, what the fans want and what he wants to make, and it makes for a fire album.

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Tyler, The Creator-Cherry Bomb (2015)

My Rating: 42% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: 67%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 62%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. DEATHCAMP
  2. BUFFALO
  3. PILOT
  4. RUN
  5. FIND YOUR WINGS
  6. CHERRY BOMB
  7. BLOW MY LOAD
  8. 2SEATER
  9. THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX)
  10. FUCKING YOUNG / PERFECT
  11. SMUCKERS
  12. KEEP DA O’S
  13. OKAGA, CA

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

I don’t know, half asleep?

Thoughts on Album Cover:

This album cover was actually the first thing that convinced me to check Tyler out.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

Before I was even listening to Tyler, The Creator, I remember reading an interview with him about the negative reception of this album. He said something along the lines as people being upset about what he was rapping about now, saying that he used to rap about having to live with his grandma and that just wasn’t his life after becoming an artist. Of course that makes sense, your art will change dependent on how your life changes, but I don’t think that’s why it was negatively received, it was received negatively because it’s not a good album. Seriously Cherry Bomb just isn’t a good album, it’s boring, it’s kind of R&B at times, and most the album I was waiting for Tyler to start going hard on the mic, but whenever he did, which is a rare moment on Cherry Bomb, it was too little too late. I’m glad Tyler didn’t keep going down this road. Boring album.

Tyler, the Creator-Goblin (2011)

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 72%

Average Rating: 73%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Goblin
  2. Yonkers
  3. Radicals
  4. She feat. Frank Ocean
  5. Transylvania
  6. Nightmare
  7. Tron Cat
  8. Her
  9. Sandwitches feat. Hodgy Beats
  10. Fish
  11. Analog feat. Hodgy Beats
  12. Suck feat. Jasper Dolphin & Taco Bennett
  13. Window feat. Domo Genesis, Mike G, Hodgy Beats & Frank Ocean
  14. Au79
  15. Golden
  16. Burger feat. Hodgy Beats
  17. Untitled 63
  18. Steak Sauce

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry and want some grimy hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, one of those that I’m sure pop culture could easily mix to make t-shirts and what not (Goblin/Rick and Morty is what I’m thinking).

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hmmmmmmmm, perhaps if it were on sale.

Final Thoughts:

Tyler, The Creator is quite the rapper, he is definitely not music you put on with a large crowd around, he will 100% offend more than a few. His albums seem to follow a similar trend for me, lots of tracks with mostly good stuff, but a few major misses. Yonkers is such an amazing track, probably the song he will be most known for (even though he probably doesn’t want to be known just for that). I have a hard time getting through whole albums of Tyler’s, mostly because it is so explicit and kind of gets a little much after a bit. I do really like his flow and his lyrics are really clever sometimes, especially when it comes to mental illness (Email full of emails, I never write back. Ain’t kill myself yet, and I already want my life back). Tyler, The Creator is shocking, no doubt about it, but every once in awhile his vulnerability will drip through, and when it does it’s really out of place, but also relatable to the crowd I think he’s trying to cater to.

Tyler, The Creator-Wolf (2013)

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 78%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 70%

Average Rating: 69%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wolf
  2. Jamba ft Hodgy Beats
  3. Cowboy
  4. Awkward
  5. Domo23
  6. Answer
  7. Slater ft Frank Ocean
  8. 48
  9. Colossus
  10. PartyIsntOver/ Campfire/ Bimmer ft Laetitia Sadier & Frank Ocean
  11. IFHY ft Pharrell
  12. Pigs
  13. Parking Lot ft Casey Veggies & Mike G
  14. Rusty ft Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
  15. Trashwang ft Na’kel, Jasper, Lucas, L-Boy, Taco, Left Brain & Lee Spielman
  16. Treehome95 ft Coco O. & Erykah Badu
  17. Tamale
  18. Lone

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for absolutely ridiculous, angry, original hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, I love it!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No too uneven.

Final Thoughts:

Making any album to have more tracks than 12 songs is ambitious, but can really backfire on you. On Wolf I feel like too much was packed into one sitting. Tyler, The Creator is incredible, don’t get me wrong, but there are two albums here forced to be on one making the whole thing seemed a little mish-mashed and unfocused. When he hits the pocket though it’s so much fun to listen to; Tamale, Parking Lot, and Answer being great examples of his diversity. Tyler is angry, and he’s going to piss people off, that’s kinda his gimmick (niche), if you are easily offended by language or political incorrectness this is not your album. If you take lyrics with a grain of salt and are into crazy flows/beats you’ll feel at home.

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