Tyler, The Creator – Goblin (2011)

Tyler, The Creator, and the rest of the poetic, and painfully honest LA collective, Odd Future, may be just top contenders for the most controversial artists of recent years, as made evident by the reactions of thousands to the alternative hip hop group’s anarchistic nature, and rebellious music that reaches deep into taboo subjects, and peculiarly, out to quite a broad audience. Earlier on, the group seemed to be aiming for nothing less than mainstream success. Now, with the abundance of hype they’ve earned, it doesn’t seem like such a strenuous goal. I myself am a fan, but it’s apparent Tyler wants to stab blogging faggots with a pitchfork, and frankly, I value my life, so I’ll try to keep this as succinct and as unbiased as possible.

Others must have felt the same, with Wolf Haley’s second studio album, Goblin, receiving predominately favorable reviews. The album was mainly produced by Tyler himself, with some help from the group’s other producer, Left Brain. It features somewhat ominous, bubbling beats, comparable to some of the production Drake receives. However simplistic they may seem, they reflect the theme of the concept album, an ongoing conversation between Tyler and a deep-voiced therapist, who also appeared on Bastard, well. The album offers a bleak perspective on life, with Ace’s dark sense of humor shining throughout. While he often finds making references to murder, rape, his masturbation habits, and the like, he repeatedly interrupts to state that anything should not be taken seriously. Ace delivers with a flow that’s confident and magnetic, and although he sometimes wanders off beat, he makes up for it with the occasional overwhelming internal rhymes and metaphors.

Many members of Odd Future have had family issues in their pasts, and Tyler specifically has, over the years, developed a deep hatred for his father. In the opening track, shots are fired at him, accrediting him with nothing more than “that nigga my mom fucked.” He also has a few remarks to make about those who form opinions on his work without doing their research, specifically those who blindly refer to them as horrorcore.Following this is the ever-so-eccentric “Yonkers,” on which Tyler, once again, demonstrates that he’s not just another mediocre, commonplace rapper. Most tracks on the album, including “Sandwiches,” and “Transylvania” are high-energy, with perhaps the only exemption being “She.” The song consists of Tyler (almost) affectionately expressing his desire for a girl, with Frank Ocean providing an exceptionally catchy chorus.

“Listen deeper than the music before you put it in a box”

In conclusion, Goblin is an album with some fascinating concepts below the surface, that you either really enjoy, or really dislike. There really is no in-between, as is the case with most Odd Future projects. My favorite tracks on the album were Analog, Tron Cat, and Yonkers.

Overall: 67/100

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