Saturday, February 12, 2011

Is Tyler, The Creator the Future?

"I'm an overachiever, so how about I start a team of leaders and pick up Stevie Wonder to be the wide receiver..."

Alright. So let's have this conversation. I posted this video over on my tumblr yesterday and I have had a few side convos on twitter about the youngin' Tyler, the Creator of the Odd Future crew. What's your thoughts?

I had all but ignored his music until the video for "Yonkers" dropped. To clarify, I had ignored the music mostly because I wasn't interested and not because I had heard it and didn't like it. I mean, I heard bits and pieces, mostly because of the fuss about Earl Sweatshirt and his music.

Anyway, "Yonkers" is the first track off of Tyler the Creator's upcoming album Goblin. In watching this video I'm not sure whether I should be impressed or disturbed or perhaps the point is to be both. It seems like, based on my experience with Earl, these guys are all about shock and awe with their music and videos to match. Not to say that's a bad thing. This video, while simple is dope. The angles of which it is shot, the black and white and what's in focus and out of focus and how that changes constantly is brilliant.

And then there is the rhyme. The punchlines. The content. The flow.

But I still don't know what to make of all of this.

I've watched this video more than a dozen times and I circle back to the same place, which leads to the following statement, "I like it but why."

Hit up the comment section and let's discuss. Is Tyler, The Creator the future?

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  1. I think these kids have the potential to change the game. I discovered Odd Future a few months ago and I remain impressed.

    I know your asking about Tyler specifically but I cant really separate them yet (I'm not familiar enough).

  2. I am not sure about changing the game but I akin this more to the "Horrorcore" style of music in the 90's with Geavediggaz, Flatlinerz and a few others. Only a certain amount of people will attempt this fad and it will atract a small, cult-like listening crowd.....but it won't last long.

  3. I respectfully disagree. But at first I didn't. I went straight to the "horrorcore" thing too. But then I really listened and these kids are dope. (I DEFINITELY agree with the cult thing/biting thing)

    They are making interesting, different sounding music and they are YOUNG. If/When they do blow up, they don't get swallowed up by the nonsense of the industry, I think they can make it happen.

    But again, they are so young its kinda hard to call.

  4. These guys definitely have a future (pun intended) because anyone who has listened to their material knows they have some serious talent. Their stuff isn't just shocking nonsense, even if it seems that way at first. Once you get past the violent and homophobic imagery, there is a LOT being said in their bars. Just listen to the first track off Tyler's 'Bastard' or anything off MellowHype's 'BLACKENEDWHITE'.

  5. Funny shit. I think it has to be with the technical ability. There is undeniable talent there especially with Tyler and Earl.

    I pretty much ignore the content for the time being. Later, I am assuming I will grow tired of it if they don't change it up.

  6. Oh man, this young thought, imagery, and artistry is making me feel old and far too traditional.

    The feelings you get when injesting these kids music is that you are old!!!!!!!!!!!


    I could write a book on this sh!t right about now.
    But I won't and I'll just peep how yall interpret these kids music and bug out like when cats OUR age peeped the movie "KIDS" for the 1st time and thought it was drugged filled kiddie porn....

    Just remember, it's all in the name of entertainment.

    I ain't feeling the cry for attention on some suicide, 666, inverted cross ish but then again, these are California teenagers that skateboard..... I'm from Mass and never skated once, therefore I don't relate, but damned IF? I don't beleve these kids are getting the extra push cause someone knows someone or related to someone....

    No way you go from unknown to shows in Europe, NYC, Philly, DC, etc.... That fast without something behind the push.

    Or at least that's what me and my can't quite get famous generation say.

    I ain't even know Steve Harvey couldn't read, how's he pull that ish off on Family Feud (aren't the questions and answers written on Q cards?)....

    Yeah, Earl is dope but I betchoo he has no idea that he is/was. Mommy put the KaBosh on his rap career anyway. Stay in school kids.

  7. Tyler was performing one of his solo tracks with his controversial hip-hop collective when someone in the audience launched the missile at the stage.

  8. His creepy face gives me shivers! in the other hand tyler music is a complete deception