Thursday, May 19, 2011

Is the Future Odd? Tyler, the Creator is Stirring S&!t Up

This post contains words that you might find offensive. Sorry, it's not me. It's Tyler, the Creator.

(Photo via elbo.ws)
MCs always try to bring their game to the next level. Some MCs have been successful in bringing the entire game to a whole new level. Others act the fool and get attention. Enter: Odd Future with their controversial ring leader Tyler, the Creator.

This L.A. beat orchestrator and rhymesmith released "Goblins" on May 10th on the strength of his first single, "Yonkers", which has a strange video that you should check out at your discretion (and don't do it at work). Tyler and his crew have been labelled as "horrorcore" due to the imagery and feel/mood of the overall production. The Odd Future Crew has straight up dismissed this label so we'll settle with indie rap.

Any artist (established or not) will try to stir up some controversy to garner attention for their new release. Gaga comes to mind as someone who has done this recently with some success, but I'm getting the feeling that some folks are sick of it (when I say folks I mean me). His subject matter includes misogyny, rape and the use of certain words that piss people off. One of these words is "faggot", which a member of Tegan and Sara felt compelled to discuss in the form of a blog. She brings up some valid points, but it's a beef she won't win. Tyler's response? Via his Twitter account: "If Tegan And Sara Need Some Hard Dick, Hit Me Up!". You will never win a fight against a shithead...especially one of Tyler's ilk.

Tyler has defended his use of the "F" word in the past. From his Wikipedia page:

He has denied accusations of homophobia, stating "I'm not homophobic. I just say 'faggot' and use 'gay' as an adjective to describe stupid shit," and "I'm not homophobic. I just think 'faggot' hits and hurts people."

Shocking right? An MC who uses words to rustle up some controversy and turn some head. His explanation for the use of this widely unaccepted word is very lame. Well...mission accomplished. People are talking about him and his album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200.

Despite all this, Tyler, the Creator is a creative artist. I can't stop listening to "Yonkers". The beat is totally creepy and fascinating. Any hip hop artist that uses minor chord progressions is alright in my book. I'm curious to find out where his production will be in a few years. I'm feeling this which is weirding me out. His flow is unique and sick. His lyrics are not pleasant by any means. But he sounds dope.

-Paqman

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