Tyler, The Creator and his antics, the former front man of the Odd Future collective, this socially conscious rapper does not disappoint in personality and creativity with his fourth studio album. From the Golf Wang clothing line to having both sweaty and tear jerking performances Tyler, the Creator does just that, create.
Here at Bearded Gentlemen we decided to review Tyler’s creativity with his latest album Flower Boy.
We are excited to watch him blossom into the creative genius we all knew him to be. Not shying away from any theme, Tyler has never been afraid to start a discourse because seemingly there is no topic off limits with Tyler.
We see Flower Boy as an expression of self, sexuality, and sappy love songs.
Being fluid and forward thinking being an after thought amongst the Odd Future collective, Tyler knows who his audience is, the people who grew up alongside him. The ever growing and accepting fanbase has allowed Tyler to deliver an album that has memorable loves, blissful memories to make, and songs to reminisce to but at the end of the day I’m left skipping through tracks search for “the one.” Not every track is your imaginary long lost lover, but still fans are left satisfied knowing that Tyler is expressing and creating something from a place that has something to say.
Listeners seek salvation in Tyler’s music, his tracks have stories about close friends, unforgettable parties and suburban nights. But is that what it means to be a human in the 21st century? The music was created for a generation of hooligans caught in the monotony of self induced apathy, nonetheless theses self sustaining youth will be listening for life so thank you internet and of course Tyler, the Creator.
Flower Boy is full of life lessons, music to party to, and memories to ponder on…
“See you Again” – Don’t we all have a lover we think of, or at least make up?
Because who doesn’t like a transition song about imaginary lovers?
“I don’t know if I’ma see you again (See you again)
Can I get a kiss? (Can I)
And can you make it last forever? “
“Who Dat Boy” – This is assertion of dominance in the music industry, getting A$AP Rocky on here is a touch and a node to his influence to any given culture. He is versatile, as modern creativity aims to be.
“Fuck the rap, I’m tryna own a planet
From my other fuckin’ business ventures”
“Pothole” -Jaden Smith is featured on the song, he is an influencer of an indigo child verity and one can’t help but at least turn the volume up. Potholes is a reminder that not everyone plays into your interests, but sometimes self interests do aline.
“Keep my windshield wipers prepared ’cause y’all threw so much shade
And I got jacket in trunk, but that’s in the front
I also got power for both of us if you’re ever in need of jump
Just let me know, my nigga”
“Garden Shed”– Tyler’s music is an inspiration to everyone around him, he is a constant reminder to grow as an individual, the song title gives an indication into the concept of comfortability, growing as an individual and understanding who you want yourself to be.
“911/Mr. Lonely” – You are nothing without the one in your passenger, the left hand on the steering wheel the other gripping the thigh, the ride or die, the one you make another song about, the basics of Tyler’s 2SEATER off his Cherry Bomb album.
“November” – “Take me back to November, Hawaii shirts in November” the imagery is stunning and the message is clear, a song about rumination. The creative output of Tyler is something along the lines of… thought of but never spoken.
“My November is right now”
Flower Boy is a clear indication into the mind of Tyler, the Creator.
He is expressing things most people can relate to, and Tyler is still challenging the listener to do and be more. Doses of positivity with a refreshing look to the challenges of being human. “Enjoy Right Now, Today” and “Garden Shed” are songs that can be played on a loop, the tempo variation lulls the listener and then brings them back in, the ideal soothing effect. The album is solid and I will be going back to a select few songs for life.
Avid music listener, part-time people watcher.