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Tyler, The Creator Would Like to Reintroduce Himself

Posted On: Apr 15, 2018   |   Posted By: Noisey

Tyler, The Creator Would Like to Reintroduce Himself

The Tyler, the Creator of 2018 is not the boy we once knew. Before say, last year, when I thought of Tyler, one video in particular would come to mind. It's a 2012 clip from a Jimmy Fallon appearance, where Tyler and Hodgy, clad in ski masks, perform “Sandwiches” while destroying property and terrorizing the show's other guests. The performance is funny and weird and smart, but also twisted-a strange teen riot acted out on live TV. For a long time, that was Tyler's sole operational mode: 100 percent pure shock value.
So when Tyler released last year's Flower Boy, it was an easy target for more skeptical critics: a lush, warm concept album with an ostensibly queer narrative. Cynics quickly dismissed the record as a way for a boy who used to call anything that moved a slur of some sort to earn some woke points. Listen closely, though, and Flower Boy is basically the opposite; it's an album about growing up and reckoning with identity, a pastel-colored wonderland where black kids can self-determine and express...

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