Tyler the Creator
Bastard


4.0
excellent

Review

by DhA USER (19 Reviews)
September 10th, 2010 | 582 replies | 98,876 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The future's ODD.

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

I saw a Jay-Z interview on a chat show here in the UK, and the interviewer made the point that Jay isn't as young as hip hop stars generally are. He responded that hip hop can't be a "young man's game", and instead needs to be a "genre of music" - queue applause from the clueless audience. If his recent album is the blueprint for "mature" hip hop, I'd rather it stays a "young man's game" - and Odd Future are a group making this stance all the more appealing. Coming in with a blatant disregard for "40 year old rappers rapping about Gucci", Tyler The Creator's lyrics embody the youthful exuberance and attitude that define his Odd Future crew. Coming with the aura of a west-coast, skateboarding obsessed Wu-Tang, Odd Future are at once totally self aware (see the well stylised- and awesome - music videos) and totally insular to the blogosphere in which they - for the moment - tempestuously exist. Influenced by the harsh synths and hard hitting beats of perennial internet pariahs such as Wacka Flocka and Gucci, as well as the psychopathic flows of Slim Shady (younger brother Earl Sweatshirt referring to himself as the "reincarnation of '98 Eminem" on the brilliant back-and-forth "AssMilk"), the group are at once both potential underground darlings and its reluctant heroes.

One can see the likes of "French" dividing opinion pretty harshly- the grinding synths and Tyler's deep voice spewing lines about butt-rape won't be to everyone's tastes, but those looking for a little more brashness in their music collection should be interested. In terms of pure skills, the more minimal beat of "Blow" exhibits the quality of Tyler's flow, his lyrics flitting from teenage lust to teenage rape seamlessly. Other highlights include the blissed out "VCR" portion of track 10, the therapy session confessional of the piano-only title track and the disorientatingly dragging style of both the vocals and beat on "Parade".

This album won't be for everyone, and it is probably slightly too long, but these are minor gripes. An album that is varied in sound if not lyrical content, the character and attitude that Tyler (and his Odd Future friends) bring to the table is the real draw here, and make future releases by these guys very exciting indeed.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StrizzMatik
September 10th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is sooooooooooo good. Sputnik should be paying attention, OF is blowing up like crazy lately

DhA
September 10th 2010



421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah def. Will post the link later.

BigTuna
September 10th 2010



5154 Comments


this sounds not that good

StrizzMatik
September 10th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The review is a little on the short side though. You don't go into nearly enough detail on the production which is arguably the album's biggest strength.

hydeyomoney
September 10th 2010



934 Comments


gonna listen to and possibly review Domo Genesis. Probably my favorite member along with this guy. These dudes are killin it.

StrizzMatik
September 10th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Rolling Papers is awesome. Domo's not as good as Hodgy, Tyler or Earl but the production/beats on the album are probably the best Tyler and Left Brain have done yet.

hydeyomoney
September 10th 2010



934 Comments


Domo doesn't try too hard, but he has some fantastic lines on Super Market.

StrizzMatik
September 10th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That track is fire. "Supermarket", "Rolling Papers", "Cap N Crunch/SteamRoller", "Clear Eyes", and "Domier" are the standouts for me but overall it's really good.

DhA
September 11th 2010



421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Earl is my favourite MC out of the ones I've heard I think.

StrizzMatik
September 16th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

sputnik, listen to this fucking album

Fort23
September 19th 2010



2475 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i'm getting this tomorrow, earl right now. just want to say, i found out about OF from donald glovers blog. just fucking amazing.

deathofasalesman
September 24th 2010



5821 Comments


Fluid as fuck.

Play this shit at church.

Fort23
September 26th 2010



2475 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is fucking great. more of sputnik needs to listen to this.

StrizzMatik
September 27th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sputnik has no love for OF. That's going to change really soon because OF are blowing the fuck up really quickly. Tyler's follow-up to this album (WOLF) is going to be out this year and even made it onto MTV's Most Anticipated Rap Albums of 2010, no small feat.

deathofasalesman
September 27th 2010



5821 Comments


This definitely needs to be spread around Sputnik.

crank
October 25th 2010



332 Comments


This is too good.

StrizzMatik
October 26th 2010



3183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sputnik doesn't like good music tbh

iisblackstar
November 3rd 2010



431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OF are shit hot... needs some hype on this fuckn website

Fort23
November 3rd 2010



2475 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its getting there....

iisblackstar
November 3rd 2010



431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i might do a review for Mike G- Ali or Domo Genesis- ROlling Papers if noone else does



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