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The first signs of frustration appear on the intro, Goblin, when Tyler raps, “Pressure’s on me like this top-hat Bastard intro/ How the fuck I’m gonna top that?” It’s a valid worry, as the intro isn’t better than Bastard’s, and while only time will tell, the initial impact, or better yet shock value, of Goblin does not equal that of Bastard. But this is a different album, it’s more mature. Not mature enough to stop calling counselors “f**gots”, but developed enough to tell a cohesive story throughout the album that entices the listener into the mind of the Odd Future leader.
To quote Blu, “They say use it as inspiration, the best of them did…” and when Tyler does manifest this frenzy of thoughts in the right manner, he is one of the best. The albums hit single - and I mean hit in the most abrasive way possible- Yonkers is a masterful song filled with the brash non-sequitur lines all his fans fell in love with him for. Both Sandwiches and Tron Cat have razor sharp rhymes that are sure to impress just off the lyricism, with the first rapping, “Those privileged f**ks gotta learn we ain’t taking that s**t/ Like Ellen DeGeneres’ clitoris playing with dick” and the later with, “Brag about the actions and the rhyming pattern/ Matter, then proceed to sat her down/ When I go splatter in her chatter box”. If the first album didn’t convince you, Goblin reassures the notion that Tyler is one of the most dangerous lyricists around. If MF Doom and Eminem had a love child, Tyler would claim that the child bit his style. The best song on the album, Nightmare, combines all of Tyler’s strong points; ominous bass thumps with revealing lyrics with edge. With guest interjections and voice distortion, Ace lashes out at basically everything- which he does throughout the album, but never better than here. “Now you ni**as want to be nice/ Because the labels want to sign me/ But before the co-signing/ You fuckers couldn’t find me.” Most of these quotes need multiple exclamation points after them.
However, the album contains questionable songs such as B**ch Suck Dick and Fish/ Boppin’ Bi**h that are simply ignorance with a megaphone. But with Odd Future, you know to expect this. The same way Tyler could care less about raping a chick in a song, he could care less about screaming “Getting’ money ni**a!” Truthfully, if he could have said this on his first album, when he was broke, he probably would have. Contrastingly, Transylvania is about Dracula smacking females, but is ignorance done right. The licking drums and eerie production complement the careless and catchy lyrics; something only Tyler could do. When he tries to crossover to a relationship subject-matter, the emcee is hit or miss. Her is an honest tale about teenage lust, but She just sounds awkward from the production to the hook sung by Frank Ocean. Unless you’re a die-hard, zombie Wolf Gang follower, the LP has a handful of tracks that will either repulse or confuse you. But I doubt Tyler, The Creator cares.
One of the best things about the album is its honesty; No he’s not Dracula, but the array of emotions displayed here are completely true. Tyler makes music that he believes in, which counts for something. Radicals isn’t the best mixture of sounds, but the progression of the song represents the process of Tyler’s, and thus a great number of youths, thoughts. Radical, and then reflective of what it’s done. To finish the quote by Blu, “See that’s them, see I can’t handle this pressure for shit”. On the album’s closer, Golden, Tyler metaphorically (well we think) snaps, screaming at his therapist that he “didn’t sign up for this shit”, that he misses his brother Earl, and that he hates the fame. Goblin showcases rap’s Sigmund Freud in a glass display for the world to see. At first listen, you’ll think this album is a disappointment and didn’t live up to the hype. And maybe it didn’t, but this isn’t Bastard- it’s an album with a much deeper theme and message, with just enough blood-thirsty lines and misogyny to hold the kids over.
DJBooth Rating - 3.5 Spins
Written by Jon Garcia on May 12, 2011
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