MITMondays: Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy... is this his best album to date?
I know I’m late to the game with this one but over the past week or so I’ve been sitting with this new Tyler the Creator album. The project is entitled Flower Boy and it's Tyler's 4th studio album. Tyler is known for the outlandish antics that most of us remember from his early days. This new album is a complete 180. In this album we get a more thought provoking, mellowed out Tyler which is something I never thought I'd see. It’s visible in the album cover that this is a different Tyler. Looking at this cover can only put you in a happy place and that is the last thing I expected from Tyler. It’s safe to say that this is the best Tyler project I have heard.
One of the main reasons I say this; production. The production on this album is simply phenomenal and too can be credited to Tyler. As many have noted, Pharrell has somewhat taken Tyler under his wing and you can see it in the production of the album. The flow of this album was really dope. The transition between songs was simply amazing in an era where the art of the segway is all but dead. Not only was the production dope, but the features on this project enhanced the listening experience.
Being that Cole and Future are the only artist to drop records with no features, Tyler did a great job with selecting the features for this project. The usual features from Frank Ocean and Kali Uchis features are there as well as newcomer Rex Orange County. Rex is a singer who popped up twice on this project and his voice fit each song he was on perfect. Another dope feature was Lil Wayne’s. It was definitely a snippet of vintage Wayne on Droppin’ Seeds with the line “Never been a golfer but I got a driver and a caddy.” And “My bitch got an apple bottom and she swallowing my seeds.” Then there's the Jaden Smith hook on Potholes which happens to be my favorite song on the project.
Lastly the content of the album was really good. In this project we can clearly see the growth and maturation of Tyler. In his earlier projects he was just saying man F the world kill everybody and stuff along those lines. Now he's singing a different tune on the song 911/Mr. Lonely. He’s like.... yea I need people contrary to what I was saying earlier in my career.
It is dope to see the growth of an artist. Being that I’ve been listening to Tyler since the Yonkers days it feels like I grew up with him. This album is definitely in my top 10 of the year so far but it is slowly creeping up into my top 5. I hope Tyler continues to put out dope music and comes out of this lonely state. As always…