album review: tyler the creator
  • TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

Somewhere at the intersection of art and awe, Tyler The Creator births grotesque stories that exploit the taboos of society by celebrating them as punchlines (almost literally). It's tough to stomach his characters — the brash and unhinged bastard youth, the ignorant, the rapist, the violent misogynist — and even harder to separate these voices from Tyler himself (who is often accused of being all of the above). To talk about Tyler's music, lyrical content should be considered separate. The overall sound of the production and Tyler's impeccable ability to string sentences together are among the most impressive elements of his work, and don't necessarily hinge on context. Though marred by ugly stories and words, the sound of his lyrical flow is no less beautiful. And though hindered by vulgar barriers to entry, his album is no less of a success or accessible to those willing to explore the terrain.

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