GOBLIN

So…. where to start with Tyler, The Creator.

Without boring you with wordy fluff, I’m just gonna cut straight to the point and say that nothing has piqued my interest in Hip-Hop land in recent years as much as this dude (and his OFWGKTA crew to a lesser extent). While we are constantly bombarded with cocaine rap and other general cliche rap stuff, Tyler and Odd Future rolled up outta left field.

I first started noticing the OFWGKTA (odd future wolf gang kill them all) acronym late last year, but only started really investigating earlier this year after continuing to notice a bunch of press. At first it was intimidating because the whole Odd Future thing was kind of like Wu-Tang, with a bunch of members and you didn’t know what was what or who was who. Nevertheless, it’s all pretty simple to figure out. As far as I’m concerned though, Tyler is the dude. THIS GUIDE will teach you everything you need to know.

To me, Tyler is part mysterious, part punk rock, part unfiltered teenager that has the wild lyrics and the energy to back it up. I guess all that combined is what ultimately drew me in. Originality!!!! If you think about early Eminem, than you have somewhat of an idea about what Tyler’s stuff is like. Don’t get me wrong though, Tyler’s stuff is waaaay harder. A warning, you should probably go into his music knowing that it’s tongue-in-cheek and if you are easily offended AT ALL, you should probably just listen to your Taylor Swift album instead.

GOBLIN, Tyler’s 2nd album (or first real one depending on how you look at it) falls just short of being a super-duper home run for me, but I’m still crazy about it. There’s just a few slow songs that I could personally do without, but the album is fuckin’ sick. There’s a Doctor/Psychologist theme throughout GOBLIN (similar to Tyler’s first album BASTARD) that ties it all together, and I suspect you will get something new from this album each time you listen to it. It’s not simple or status quo. I suggest downloading BASTARD first before getting into GOBLIN too. Get your Google on.

I know Tyler and O.F. are still relatively small, but I feel like they’ve gained popularity super quick. Like I mentioned before, there’s countless articles on them, they are on covers, performed on Jimmy Fallon and are on the radar of every “cool guy” out there. The music is not pop or easy to digest, which just adds to my confusion about it all. Either way, I’m stoked. Either these dudes are the greatest manufactured act of all time, or just what people need right now. I’m going with the latter.

I’m curious to hear peoples opinions on all this, let me know in the comments.

  • Great write up Noons. Now I want to check this out.

  • this

    This multi-disciplinary take on things is what I love about defgrip, great write up.

    Can I recommend the New Yorker article on them/Earl if you haven’t read it already?

  • Chris

    I just got this album last night. I haven’t listened to it yet but I will tonight. Lately I’ve been listening to Earl Sweatshirts album, specifically the song “Couch”, which features Tyler, and the beat in that shit hits so damn heavy!

    Their sound is what appealed to me the most because the production doesn’t sound all polished and over-produced like most records that come out these days.

  • ethan

    equally as brutal as bastard and equally as good.
    free earl

  • The first blip that Tyler, The Creator made on my radar was the response that one of my musical faves had to some of his work. She had this to say:

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    A CALL FOR CHANGE

    When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful repercussions in the entertainment industry? When will they be treated with the same seriousness as racist and anti-Semitic offenses? While an artist who can barely get a sentence fragment out without using homophobic slurs is celebrated on the cover of every magazine, blog and newspaper, I’m disheartened that any self-respecting human being could stand in support with a message so vile.

    As journalists and colleagues defend, excuse and congratulate ‘Tyler, the Creator,’ I find it impossible not to comment. In any other industry would I be expected to tolerate, overlook and find deeper meaning in this kid’s sickening rhetoric? Why should I care about this music or its “brilliance” when the message is so repulsive and irresponsible? There is much that upsets me in this world, and this certainly isn’t the first time I’ve drafted an open letter or complaint, but in the past I’ve found an opinion – some like-minded commentary – that let me rest assured that my outrage, my voice, had been accounted for. Not this time.

    If any of the bands whose records are held in similar esteem as Goblin had lyrics littered with rape fantasies and slurs, would they be labeled hate mongers? I realize I could ask that question of DOZENS of other artists, but is Tyler exempt because people are afraid of the backlash? The inevitable claim that detractors are being racist, or the brush-off that not “getting it” would indicate that you’re “old” (or a faggot)? Because, the more I think about it, the more I think people don’t actually want to go up against this particular bully because he’s popular. Who sticks up for women and gay people now? It seems entirely uncool to do so in the indie rock world, and I’ll argue that point with ANYONE.

    No genre is without its controversial and offensive characters- I’m not naive. I’ve asked myself a thousand times why this is pushing me over the edge. Maybe it’s the access to him (his grotesque twitter, etc). Maybe it’s because I’m a human being, both a girl and a lesbian. Maybe it’s because my mom has spent her whole adult life working with teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault. Maybe it’s because in this case I don’t think race or class actually has anything to do with his hateful message but has EVERYTHING to do with why everyone refuses to admonish him for that message.

    It is not without great hesitation and hand wringing that I enter into the discourse about Tyler, the media who glorifies and excuses misogyny and homophobia, and the community of artists that doesn’t seem remotely bothered by it. I can only hope that someone reading this might be inspired to speak out. At the very least, I will know that my voice is on record.
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    You know what they say about publicity. I will definitely be giving this album a listen.

  • Awesome album, awesome write-up. “Yonkers”, “Sandwitches”, “Tron Cat”, and “Burger” are my favorites… People that are offended by Tyler’s lyrics obviously don’t understand that he doesn’t give a fuck and is going to say whatever he feels like saying.

    Free Earl

  • Lily

    It’s a bit vulgar, but seriously like a breath of fresh air compared to anything else lately.

  • gunit

    If you like this, you’d probably like some of Lil B’s stuff. Check out Lil B – “Ellen Degenerous”. Deep Tracks my Nigga.

  • Gaz

    I’m not the biggest fan of this genre but this and Bastard are super strong.

  • aaron Morquecho

    fuck yes odd fucking future fucken kills it here a skate crew though

  • travis

    “if tegan and sara need some hard dick. hit me up!” -tyler

  • travis

    they were on jimmy fallon, not jimmy kimmel.

  • Thanks Travis!! Fixed.

  • mike.m.

    Way to ignore the possibility of a critical view of rampant misogyny and homophobia everyone.

  • After I saw a few interviews with him I was immediately disinterested. Maybe after he grows up a bit I’ll give him a chance. I can’t get into music if I have disrespect for the artist.

  • yeah, theres been both annoying and good interviews with him. Definitely young.

  • Young people can be interesting in a polarizing way, so I suppose I’ll give it a listen. As far as I can tell it’s more style than substance, which is actually totally fine by me, as long as the style rings in an interesting enough way.

  • Plus I totes love rape fantasies.