TYLER THE CREATOR
Unless you’ve lived in a shoebox for the past year and a half, you know Odd Future is one of the most hyped hip-hop troupes to come out of Los Angeles in recent memory. Led by Tyler the Creator, the group has received the praise of artists ranging from Jay-Z to Pharrell Williams. Tyler the Creator’s sophomore album, Goblin, is only going to build the buzz to a Wiz Khalifa-esque level—and though the haters may be aplenty, they can’t deny the man’s ability to rap. The standout track is “Yonkers,” where the rapper stakes his claim as the most vile artist since early Slim Shady. This isn’t a bad thing; but other tracks like “Goblin,” “Nightmare” and “Golden” portray a more introspective side to the artist, showcasing his lyrical talents far and above anything else on the album. Tyler’s production is entirely homemade, which is definitely a plus, and features assorted Odd Future members. With sounds ranging from punky keyboards to synths back to R&B, Goblin sonically has it all. With that point, Tyler the Creator doesn’t give a fuck what you think about him, and that’s what he has in common with many of the greats who preceded him. With introspective lyrics or graphic fantasies of rape and murder, while not being afraid to go over the line with no regret, the undeniable fact is the man has talent. Whether you like it or not, Tyler the Creator is here to stay.