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The (W)rap Up - Week of January 30, 2018
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 2:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Tyler, the Creator's "Flower Boy" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[Flower Boy] Tyler, the Creator :: Flower Boy
Columbia Records

Author: Patrick Taylor

"Ish done changed. Nine years ago, when Tyler, the Creator released his debut mixtape "Bastard," very few critics challenged the violently homophobic and misogynistic lyrics, either because they knew Tyler and his Odd Future crew weren't being serious or because they just didn't care. Back then, it was assumed that most rappers were at least somewhat homophobic, and being "politically incorrect" meant challenging white liberal hypocrisy. Fast forward to today and the Migos are furiously backtracking on some homophobic statements and being "politically incorrect" means you are down with actual Nazis. Nowadays if a rapper mentions gay people, it's more likely to be because they are talking about being part of that community rather than denigrating them. Nowadays, a rapper whose debut was full of homophobic slurs raps about kissing white boys. Ish done changed.The rapper bragging about kissing white boys is none other Tyler "The Creator" Okonma. Is he serious or just trolling us? Who knows. Probably a bit of both. What is clear the persona he created for himself as the most outrageous dude in the room is starting to grate on him, and he is looking to move on. "Flower Boy" is a pretty successful leap forward for Tyler, moving away from shock rap and into dare I say more sensitive rap. Not that he still can't be as grimy and aggressive as he was on "Bastard." "Flower Boy" has two tracks that call back to the old Tyler. "I Ain't Got Time," with the aforementioned lyric about kissing white boys, and "Who Dat Boy." The rest of the album is far more tender and pretty than you might expect from Tyler. There are several plaintive love songs, including the Frank Ocean collab "911/Mr. Lonely." Even the Lil Wayne feature is over a delicate beat with horns and twinkling keys."

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