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March 30, 2013 1:58 PM   Subscribe

Tyler the Creator's new album "Wolf" streaming on Soundcloud.

Dude to drop Tuesday, Tyler reacted to leaks by posting the whole thing to stream.
posted by klangklangston (13 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I was listening to this earlier today. I've only heard a few tracks so far, and nothing's hit me like Splatter or Seven or Assmilk, but that was with half an ear while I was working. He does seem to have kept the introspective grotesque going alongside the sarcastic grotesque. I'll give it a proper listen soon.

Someone recommended Colossus as his "Stan" moment, which I can sort of see but also think is missing the character of both songs (plus Tyler's not that famous yet).

There's a music video out too.
posted by postcommunism at 2:21 PM on March 30, 2013

Two minutes in, and I already like it better than 'I Am Not A Human Being II.'
posted by box at 2:35 PM on March 30, 2013 [4 favorites]

I haven't heard this yet but it will take a lot to get me to change my thesis of Earl >>>> Tyler.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:35 PM on March 30, 2013 [5 favorites]

I think Earl is a better rapper, but Tyler has more to say. A lot of Earl's raps are cool in the Aesop Rock of MF Doom school of intricate wordplay, but I'm not sure if he's communicating anything important the way Tyler at least tries to.
posted by cell divide at 3:06 PM on March 30, 2013 [5 favorites]

A little while ago I started to listen to Tyler to see what the fuss was all about. The funniest thing about it is that for all the lyrical differences Tyler is a very traditional rapper. Steeped in the classical golden era of 90's rap. All of the melodic and harmonic progression of is missing. None of the next level allusion and rhyme scheme of Lil Wayne and Eminem. Everyone knows Tyler is out of place for what he says along with the rest of Odd Future crew. He's also out of place for how he says it.
posted by Rubbstone at 3:30 PM on March 30, 2013

Hehe. Dude to drop.
posted by lazaruslong at 4:09 PM on March 30, 2013

:) Whups
posted by klangklangston at 4:42 PM on March 30, 2013

Yesssss I've been listening to Domo23 on repeat for a while now and waiting for this.
posted by griphus at 6:39 PM on March 30, 2013

I don't really understand the storyline, there is Tyler, and a bad guy, and a bike and somebody's girlfriend.

I do like the nods to rap tropes, like on IFHY when the beat starts he gives directions, but instead of saying something like "take the bassline out" or "turn up the mic" he says "can we add some more color, like more yellow". In 48, a song about drug dealing, he has I think a nas excerpt talking about drug dealing, but instead of the standard "mo money mo problems" stuff nas is wondering how drug dealers sleep at night and if they feel bad, explicitly undercutting the "message" of the song.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:16 PM on March 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Trashwang is clearly the best song on the album. Bout dat life! illegal shit!
posted by Ad hominem at 8:05 PM on March 30, 2013

Based on the post title, I was assuming this was a story about how Nicolas Cage parlayed his role in "Once Bitten" into a major acting career.
posted by ShutterBun at 8:48 PM on March 30, 2013 [2 favorites]

Isn't this the guy who tweets pictures of his bowel movements?
posted by pxe2000 at 5:12 AM on March 31, 2013

(This is a crosspost from another site, hence the defensive tone...)

I think this is by far Tyler's strongest album lyrically and conceptually. The more I listen, the more an overall narrative becomes clear. There's a conflict here, between Sam and Wolf, and I'm sure there's a metaphor there for the warring aspects of Tyler's personality, okay, whatever, fine. I just think that he makes a lot of his old tricks feel new by tying them to more concrete personalities.There are a few really fucked up, violent songs about Sam - especially Pigs and Parking Lot - but even his personality is sort of redeemed in 48 and IFHY. It becomes clear that Sam is violent and disturbed out of circumstance, not choice, which is something Tyler's touched on before.

Wolf is a little less fully sketched out beyond his love of women and jazz (Bimmer is definitely from his point of view, if not the entire track 10 suite), but I feel like the reactionary songs about Tyler's fame and fortune may possibly be written from his perspective (Colossus and Rusty). And then there's the ties to Bastard, Goblin, and the Sam is Dead video, the fact that the lyrics book is called the "screenplay," implications that all of his albums are one long narrative, etc... All of these are things to think about.

The point is I think there's a lot to this album, and it's not worth instantly dismissing. It doesn't have the immediacy of Bastard, but what it does have is a much more focused and clear ambition than Goblin, which explored a lot of the same ideas in a much messier, incoherent, and frankly depressing format. But then again I liked that album a lot when it was released too, so we'll see how I feel about this in a month or two.
posted by JimBennett at 5:48 PM on March 31, 2013

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