How many times can someone listen to the same album in a loop? I’m about to find out so I’ll let you know.
Flower Boy is out and thank God (read: Tyler, The Creator) for that.
Who Dat Boy
Tyler Gregory Okonma had a MySpace profile named “Tyler, The Creator” because he couldn’t think of anything else. So, he just ran with it.
The American designer and musician led and co-founded the alternative Hip Hop collective Odd Future in collaboration with names such as Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Jasper Dolphin, and Frank Ocean.
Getting inspiration from artists like Quincy Jones, Tyler released his first solo album, Goblin, in 2011. After two more albums (Wolf in 2013 and Cherry Bomb in 2015) and a lot of controversy, the rapper may have created his first master piece.
In the past, Tyler The Creator was accused of being many things
(from homophobic to misogynous) because of his lyrics. The rapper defended himself stating that words are just words and nothing more than that. He also affirmed that “being offended” is a choice and that he chooses not to care about external approval.
Flower Boy is being acclaimed for the quality of its tunes and praised for the puzzle that it may (or may not) represent.
This new album comes as Tyler’s most serious autobiographical work and a lot is being said since its release on July 21st. People have been speculating about the meaning of some of the lyrics and trying to figure out some clues about the rapper’s sexuality.
Rumors aside, when presenting the new album on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tyler discussed how “ridiculously important” is every rap verse on Flower Boy.
“It’s a few melodies that I didn’t come up with… it’s more so that I just wanted to produce and have people sing. And that’s all I want to listen to.”
“So, I kinda didn’t want to rap a lot on it. So, I kept all my rap verses short. And everything I said, I made sure it was really ridiculously important.”
“20/20, 20/20 vision, / Cupid hit me, cupid hit me with precision, I / Wonder if you look both ways / When you cross my mind”
20/20 vision represents the normal and clear ability to see. “If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance.”
Maybe this is a new Tyler, The Creator. One that can finally see clearly (and accept) his true self.
Verses like “Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase / Thought it’d be like the phrase: ‘poof’, ‘gone’” show a matured artist trying to represent the metamorphosis that led him to the state of finally don’t let what’s happening around affect him.
After all the anxiety and confusion felt as a boy, Tyler shows that he accepts who he is (whatever that means) and he won’t pretend to be something he’s not anymore.
And isn’t that cool?
Flower Boy is out and it’s for everyone – even for the 3 or 4 people in the world that still own a Walkman.