MITMondays: Flower Boy Tour Recap
On Sunday the Flower Boy, Tyler the Creator, made his D.C. stop on his for tour along with Vince Staples at The Anthem on the wharf. As it has been well documented I personally believe that Flower Boy was the best album to come out in 2017 so it was only right to see it live in concert. Tyler put on a great performance bringing a lot of energy and the backdrop to which he performed on was dope as well following the summer theme with a star filled night sky overlook a setting that mirrors a campground.
Tyler kicked of his set with Where The Flower Blooms where he dragged out the violins at the beginning for a significant amount of time before calmly rapping his first verse before Frank Ocean’s part play in the background. Before you know it, the beat came and the place went crazy. As expected that energy was maintained throughout the whole show. One thing that was dope was the order in which he performed the songs. Even though it was out of order they still flowed together and felt connected. After performing a few more songs from Flower Boy then he transitioned into some of his older music.
He started of his transition with songs from Cherry Bomb including my personal favorite F***KING YOUNG/PERFECT and just kept gradually going back until he reached Yonkers. At this moment it was kind of crazy to see the catalog that Tyler has and to think about how long I have been a fan of his. After the concert I went and looked up the release date for Yonkers. That song came out in 2011 and what was crazy is that he even did a song from his debut Bastard that came out in 2009. It is crazy to think that I’ve been listening to Tyler the creator since I was in middle school. One thing I must mention is that during Yonkers Tyler omitted the part where he screams “Free Earl” and did it again when the opportunity arose again. I wonder if there is any bad blood between the two because the youthfully crowd that was in attendance would’ve erupted once that part come on.
After he ran through his oldies, he rounded out the show with the remaining tracks on Flower Boy including Potholes and Glitter. He ended the show with See You Again and then calmly walked off the stage similar to how a movie ends with the protagonist walks off into the sunset. As Always…