Tyler, the Creator returns with his fourth studio album, ‘Flower Boy.’ Arguably, ‘Flower Boy’ is the rapper’s best work to date.
Tyler, the Creator has made a name for himself as one of the most polarizing musicians of recent times. Arguably, the best way to take the rapper/producer is with a “grain of salt.” Why? He is one of the rawest in the game, always offending somebody. Even with his penchant for controversy, he is quite talented and has dropped some good albums. His fourth studio album, Flower Boy is arguably his crowning achievement. Here are the Top 5 songs from Flower Boy.
No. 1: “Who Dat Boy”
“Who Dat Boy” represents scum f**k Tyler, the Creator. After eerie, malicious production, he jumps right into unapologetic rhymes. He wants to ensure that everybody knows exactly who he is. He’s on autopilot. He gets help though, courtesy of A$AP Rocky, who kills the second verse. Upping the ante, they join forces on the final verse. Chocked full of twisted, cocky, and confident rhymes, “Who Dat Boy” concludes fittingly.
No. 2: “I Ain’t Got Time!”
“I Ain’t Got Time!” is one of the catchiest and fiercest songs of the rapper’s career. Fittingly, it follows “Boredom” in the album sequence. If it seemed like Tyler, the Creator had lost some edge, it returns full-fledged on “I Ain’t Got Time!” The production is superb, while he is clearly on autopilot. Still, there’s an unexpected lyric that raises eyebrows and not because of its toughness:
“Next line will have them like ‘whoa’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”
No. 3: “911 / Mr. Lonely”
Two-part song “911 / Mr. Lonely” has a lot going on. “911” ends up being smoother than “Mr. Lonely.” He’s assisted by Steve Lacy, Ann of the North, Syd, and Frank Ocean on “911,” yet, remains the star. On the first verse in particular, he delivers some killer pop culture references and wordplay. “Mr. Lonely” goes harder, with different friends assisting him on the intro – A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q. He characterizes himself, following the intro.
“They say the loudest in the room is weak / That’s what they assume, but I disagree / I say the loudest in the room / Is prolly the loneliest one in the room (that’s me).”
This is certainly deeper than what we usually hear from Tyler for sure.
No. 4: “Pothole”
Jaden Smith joins the action on “Pothole,” dropping the hook. Another hot one, the production is smooth (save for the drums). Even so, Tyler, the Creator drops some nimble rhymes that perfectly complement the jazz-soul backdrop. Essentially, he’s not about to let bumps in the road – potholes – hold him back or divert him from a successful path. A gem.
No. 5: “Boredom”
Aside from production duties, Rex Orange County, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Anna of the North handle vocal duties at the beginning of “Boredom.” The bulk of the vocals are handled by Rex Orange County. Over the course of an intro, hook, and verse, they set up boredom as a contradiction: “Find some time / Find some time to do something.” Tyler, the Creator finally enters the fold on the second verse, getting down to business as usual. He is, indeed bored, by his own admission. Eventually, Tyler, joined by the supporting cast close things out. It’s no rush, as the jazzy, lush, production work isn’t shortchanged over the five-and-a-half-minute duration.
So, how does Flower Boy stack up? By far, this is the best album that Tyler, the Creator has released. That’s high praise considering his discography, but it feels like the unapologetic rapper has allowed himself to dig deeper. He never misses the mark.
Gems: “Who Dat Boy,” “Pothole,” “Garden Shed,” “Boredom,” “I Ain’t Got Time!” & “911 / Mr. Lonely,”