Sometimes you should think better about what you share with the world and what you don’t. 18-year old Hamilton, Ohio rapper Slim Jesus definitely probably should have scrapped the video that has blown up in September 2015, “Drill Time.” Why is a video by an unknown rapper (who happens to be Caucasian) creating such a sensation? The reason is because it’s violent – featuring … Continue reading Why Slim Jesus’ “Drill Time” Is Bad for Hip-Hop
Kelly isn’t the king of R&B – he’s the king of freak. Is there another R&B artists that comes to mind that can match the freakiness of R. Kelly toe to toe? The answer is no. Kelly has got explicitness locked up, no questions. Sex should be his middle name. If you need the reasoning for such confirmed, well, just consult this list of 12 … Continue reading 12 Songs Where R. Kelly Took Innuendo Too Far
Tyler, the Creator is known for his unapologetic underground rap with jazz-infused hip-hop production backing him. To say the least, Tyler is a controversial figure, as many rappers are. His brash, unapologetic style is arguably among the rawest in the game, particularly on his sophomore album, Goblin. Still, despite skeptics and a poorly conceived Mountain Dew commercial, Tyler the Creator has a supportive fan base. … Continue reading Is Tyler The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ Indeed a Bomb?
Tyler, the Creator • Cherry Bomb • Odd Future • US Release Date: April 13, 2015 Tyler The Creator has never been one to hold back. Nope, the 24-year old underground rapper is arguably the rawest of the raw, exemplifying the mantra IDGAF. As brash as Tyler may be, his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb is explicitly brilliant. Besides his superb production skills, it is … Continue reading Notable Lyrics: Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb
Young Money’s Rise Of An Empire is a fail… an ‘epic’ one if you will Young Money • Rise of An Empire • Cash Money / Motown • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 It is incredibly difficult to be unbiased towards compilation efforts prior to listening. Honestly though, the compilation often incurs issues that the studio album/ solo studio album seems to avoid. There’s … Continue reading Review: Young Money, ‘Rise Of An Empire’
Eminem keeps hip-hop ‘alive and well’ on MMLP2 Eminem⎪The Marshall Mathers LP 2 ⎪ Aftermath⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 5, 2013 It seems like a decade since hip-hop was considered to be “dead” – well it’s nearly been a decade actually. Nas went so far to memorialize the genre on his 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead. Again, in 2013, we have a rap vet … Continue reading Review: Eminem, ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’
This post was supposed to be my review of Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, or even analyzing Lil Wayne’s uninspired year, or even catching up with releases from August 20 be it TGT’s sensually-propelled Three Kings or August Alsina’s EP Downtown: Life Under A Gun. But NO, this is a post about one who truly “can’t be tamed” and proved it to the upmost on … Continue reading Rant: Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Nothing Short of A Hot Mess
Tyler, The Creator ⎪ Wolf ⎪ XL ⎪⎪ US Release Date: April 02, 2013
Intro & Background
Underground artist Tyler, The Creator may very well be the most controversial rapper of recent times. That may be a tall assertion considering Miami rapper Rick Ross has been drawing the ire of critics for a poorly chosen allusion to date rape (Rick Ross Tweets Apology for Date-Rape Lyric: I Don’t Condone …) and Lil Wayne’s disrespect towards Emmett Till was abominable (Lil Wayne’s ‘Karate Chop’ Remix, Emmett Till Lyrics Among One Of …). That said, Tyler, The Creator has never been one to refrain from controversy but instead embrace it, essentially flipping the bird to critics of his brash approach. Tyler, The Creator is renowned (or infamous) for his use of homosexual slurs, adoration of the word f–k, and sexualized rhymes.
The first encounter many had with Tyler was his second album (or first official), the indie XL distributed set, 2011s Goblin. The unapologetic set was much rawer than other rap albums, even considering Lil Wayne at his most salacious. Much like the Dr. T.C., a therapist character featured throughout Goblin and its follow-up Wolf, the effort is not only offensive but something of a ‘basket-case’. That stated, the impression is that Tyler the Creator wouldn’t have it any other way. Goblin debuted on the Billboard Charts at no. 5 with 45,000 copies sold, which are by no means shabby numbers for a relatively unknown, burgeoning underground rap artist. Single “Yonkers” didn’t break through on the Billboard Hot 100, but still had a substantial following.
2013s Wolf is very much true to Tyler, The Creator’s script, with the first lyric being his favorite, beloved f-bomb. That said, as overt as Wolf may be, it seems as if Tyler packages it more responsibly here. That isn’t to say that he doesn’t ‘get it in’, but Wolf perhaps disguises Tyler’s obscenities better for whatever reason. Additionally, sometimes the themes are more conducive to emotional connection, if one opens themselves to get past the colorful language. Wolf, then, is an album that can be deeply analyzed and reveal a lot beyond its facade. Even so, parents, it still isn’t an album you’d ideally approve of for your youth…or maybe yourselves!