Tyler, the Creator's Goblin: A First Listen

Categories: First Listens

"Tron Cat"
If I haven't talked about the beats much, it's because there's not much to tell. Fruityloops synths, funkless banging for drums, and not much actual chaos going on between these elements to cause a disturbance or even friction. But "Tron Cat"'s one of the better ones, the artificial cowbell atonality somewhat recalling Clipse's excellent Hell Hath No Fury. This song is most notable for actually showcasing Tyler's creative vileness, rather than just fronting about it. His bad taste finally scores for more than one line at a time: "I fuck bitches with no permission"; "Splatter in her chatterbox"; "Rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome"; "Chop her legs off and tell her to run some errands."

"Her"
His Urkel impression's bad, but it sets up Tyler's first real moment of vulnerability. He gets mad when his crush doesn't text him back. The closest he fears he'll get to her is a Facebook poke. And -- whoa -- her name is his password. He perks up when she tells him her current relationship is getting rocky. "Wait, why's he about to kiss her," he thinks to himself when he stalks her on someone else's date. "She's so pretty/ Fuck self-pity," he concludes. Tyler is best at his most human. Duh?

"Sandwitches"
More horror movie synthsquirts, a hearty chant of "wolf gang, wolf gang" that must make crowds go insane. He accepts the superstar position here, talks shit, gets in more sub-Eminem celebrity disses (spoiler alert: Ellen Degeneres suffers the same fate as Taylor Swift). A relative banger.

"Fish"
"In the blink of an eye/ I can make a white girl look chink" notwithstanding, Tyler's clever bits are still too few and far between to justify this many songs exceeding six minutes on one record. I'm used to his moody, fake jazz piano by now. Oh, and he apparently really masturbates a lot.

"Analog"
A swirling, stately beat that wouldn't be out of place on the Weeknd album, Tyler's natural minor-chord instincts fade in and out of lounge-soul masquerading as free jazz. Something's wrong with this album, and it's not Tyler's MRI; this is one of the catchiest songs, yet it's losing my attention.

"Bitch Suck Dick"
"By the way, we do punch bitches." This is a posse cut, with rattlesnake hi-hats and horrorcore square-wave synths blatantly ripped from Hustle & Flow's "Whoop That Trick." It's also really messy and you can guess the chorus. I don't need this shit.

"Window"
"It was all a dream/ I used to read Complex magazine," our hipster lazily subverts. This sounds like the token (tokin'?) weed anthem at first, but Tyler doesn't do drugs, so he just expounds on his critics and other "faggots" again for eight virtually music-less minutes. Curren$y could fill that space with three better songs.

"AU79"
Any goodwill I had for this rapper, who really did interest me last year on "Bastard," "French," and others, has evaporated in the horribly dull and self-indulgent dip Goblin took after "Sandwitches." I'm supposed to praise this shitstrumental's "atmospheric mastery" I suppose.

"Golden"
Back to the therapist. More of the same. Bitch suck dick.

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20 comments
an0n
an0n

hes still 19

cuntsmasher92
cuntsmasher92

You complain about how Tyler being a hipster and then reference to the Weeknd and Curren$y throughout. Avid Pitchfork reader/reviewer right here?

Lilking93
Lilking93

Great, until you became simply pretentious. It is apparent you are not the audience for this. There is no one who mimics the sheer grotesque quality of tron cat without being simply vile. How many times have you seen a rapper make a clever joke about ejaculating into a girl's mouth?

James
James

Honestly SF Weekly, this guy is a shite writer

bobbyblacks
bobbyblacks

pretty much agree wit everythin else...you clearly have no fuckin clue wat your sayin, you just wanna be the asshole critic who says somethin to get people riled up. so congrats, people read your article. you might wanna tweet or get in touch with tyler before he makes his next album so you can talk about the lyrical content you want. MAKE YOUR OWN FUCKING ALBUM and dont bitch because one rapper makes an album with songs that actually say how he feels

dick
dick

tyler is done for, we all now how influential sf weekly bloggers are

DeadDads
DeadDads

He gets that hes kidding... well sorta. his lyrics are just brainflow. i dont care what hes talking about i just know what hes talking about is interesting in a fucked head kinda way. KUDOS to fatherless bastards.

Jake Woolf
Jake Woolf

"i dont need this shit" thats very nice for you dan...next time tyler will be sure to consult u when he makes the track list

AS-ISN'T CO.
AS-ISN'T CO.

Yo Dan, you have committed to public record the following remarks for your review of the track "Golden":

"Back to the therapist. More of the same. Bitch suck dick."

Retrospectively, when you're no longer writing about rap music for a living, perhaps you'll remember this moment -- when you slept on the most interesting album since the Marshall Mathers LP in favor of such "subversive" pomposity.

Casey
Casey

"Why didn't this reviewer like this album that I decided I was going to like no matter what before it was released? Maybe he's not emotionally immature enough to 'get it.' 2deep4u f4gg0t"

Gotta love Odd Future fans.

Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden

lol @ this dude. I think the album made him catch feelings.

nicetry
nicetry

You tried to put shit you don't understand into words and failed badly. Horrible review faggot.

Basketballjones
Basketballjones

Did you not realize that the person saying "cock" 10 seconds in to "She" wasn't Tyler . . . fucking moron

Dksldsa
Dksldsa

This review had some credibility until it turned into a pompous rant.

Jsmith
Jsmith

Review is trash, I understand you dislike the album and that's fine, but you come off as such a pompous prick I stopped reading after "Fish". Personally, I think it's a solid album.

John
John

Hey did Dan ever consider that he's not the target audience for this? It's also the same guy who was disappointed by the new Radiohead. I'd love to see what he actually likes. Good to know that he can judge an album so quickly though.

Doug
Doug

Wow, this read was as boring as it sounded! Kudos!

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