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on 5 June 2011
Tyler the Creator has created a bit of a storm in the music world, with his homophobic and religous bashing lyrics. It's this storm the whole marketing machine was aiming for and succeeded in creating. All publicity is good publisity after all. I don't honestly think that any music could offend me and this doesn't come close, the people complaining about this record obviously haven't heard Vinnie Paz before who make Tyler look like a shrinking violet.
Aside from the blatant lines to cause a reaction their is some lyrical merit here and although he isn't the best spitter some of what he has to say will make you stop and think. For me the biggest problem with the lyrics are that they often decend in to imature rants, hooks like "kill people, burn s**t, f**k school" really sound childish to me. It's hard to empathise with this when you have been out of mainstream education for over 10 years, that's not Tyler's fault but if you past your teeen years its worth noting.
The production is generally quite nice and fairly original. It's certainly not mainstream in sound and is stripped back sampling with heavy dreams and eerie effect, similar to a lot of music from the label Anticon What I really like about the beats is the basslines which don't seem to find they're way in to hip hop as much these days.
My final point is about Tyler's whole alterego concept that run's through the album like Brighton in a stick of rock. It's a really played out concept having been done by, Eminem, Kool Keith, MF DOOM, RZA etc etc. Tyler doesn't bring anything new to the idea either so it's best left alone.
To sum up it's not for everyone and I would strongly suggest listening to some tracks on youtube before buying. The sheer variation in reviews on here should be a good indication of how split opinion is. If you do go on to youtube bare in mind that Yonkers and Sandwitches are the 2 best tunes so don't be fooled in to thinking that the whole album is as good as these songs!