Tyler the Creator
Bastard


4.5
superb

Review

by Fort23 USER (29 Reviews)
September 28th, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is what the devil plays before he goes to sleep.

You know what pisses me off more than old hacks who talk *** about the modern music scene, when they are obviously hypocrites talking out of their ass against the same things they probably dreamed of yelling at their parents when they were as young and idealistic and ***ing good looking as me, I mean us? young people who do the exact same thing. It's like when you’re in seventh grade and everyone in your class goes around repeating everything their parents said about illegal immigrants because they’re too stupid to realize that Mexicans are dope as ***.

While Tyler the Creator isn't Mexican (yet), the point is, artists like Tyler and his crew of skate rats from L.A. known as OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) are making it easy as *** for the Y Generation to come into their own. They're real, and I don't mean in the ODB "keeping it real" way that every faggot on sputnik is thinking right now. Odd Future is every group of adult swim watching, weed smoking, skate rats that hang out in the skate park (the cool one, not the gay one all the white kids go to) with all the Puerto Ricans and older white kids. Now, that probably makes it seem like differentiating between any of these kids on a track is as hard as doing the same on a Doomtree record. And while they certainly are young enough for this to be somewhat true, some basic blueprints have been laid out; Mike G as the laid back southern sounding dude with tricks up his sleeve, Domo Genesis as the resident stoner (see "Rolling Papers"), Hodgy Beats as the charismatic thug, and Earl Sweatshirt as the young, stuttering, lyrical standout.

But out of everyone in Odd Future (and for all we know there could be way more in the future), no one stands out as much as MCproducer Tyler, the Creator. He's the hyperactive dude with gravelly voice that fucks all the punkish white girls you all have crushes on, the troubled mastermind behind all of the evil *** OF does (on record or not). Apparently he's the oldest one, at nineteen, and pretty much the main spokesman of the up and coming crew, filming all of their promos with the help of OF visual artist and occasional MC, Taco. And on his debut, he proves not only himself, but his crew. Swag.

"Some food for thought, this food for deathGo ahead and ***ing eat," Tyler proclaims on "Bastard", over a simple, yet affecting piano, and it's a good way to summarize Tyler, the Creator. He raps about really whatever he wants, whether it be rape, coke, his father, tae kwon-do, white girls, filming porn, ***ing Goldie Locks and eating porridge with the three Bears, etc. with a serious flow that sounds like a hybrid of MF DOOM and latter day Busta. It's this flow that stops him from coming off like a schmorgasboard kind of rapper, and instead like an established MC whose sometimes randomly placed lyrics (see the Pitchfork approved "Parade") all blend. Like any good rapper, he contradicts himself constantly, mostly about drug use. He proclaims on "Bastard" that he "says no to drugs" but then raps about snorting coke and raping white girls on “Blow”.

“I Like my girls how I like my drugs….white”. While most rappers flinch even thinking about saying that on record, Tyler’s flow is hot enough that it allows him to not give a ***. His beats, on the other hand, are a bit hit and miss. Tracks like the sparse piano-laden “Bastard” prove he’s clever enough not to *** up his most straightforward and emotionally bare track, lyrically, with the cheesy synths he’s capable of. But tracks like “Jack and the Beanstalk” (a “French!” rip) and “Tina” show he’s also not yet mastered the art of cutting filler, as these tracks meander pretty aimlessly in a clout of obnoxious buzzes and synths for around 3 to 4 minutes.

That said, these tracks make up the tail end of the latter half, and this ***’s free so it really doesn’t matter. The rest of the album ***ing slams. “Seven”, with its savage, diss everyone lyrics (“*** everybody here, everybody vanished/ you managed/to hop off my dick and make a ***ing sandwich/everybody listening can suck my dick in Spanish”) and Dr. Drewithakickintheballs-like beat is and easy contender for song of the year. “French!” is distortion laden head banger filled with random lyrics about Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, and an excellent guest verse from Hodgy Beats, who is usually heard over Left-Brain’s spacey, sexy beats. “AssMilk” shows the seeds of future EarlWolf projects, with Earl and Tyler shooting dope rhyme schemes back and forth, Meth & Red style over a jazzy-Madvillainesque beat. “VCRWheels” makes filming porn sound way sexier than it it’s (trust me) with the help of the previously mentioned cheesy synths.

The album ends with “Inglorious”, where Tyler wears his heart out on his sleeve and his middle finger to the world when he raps about his dead beat father. And it’s really hard to be offended by anything the dude says when he raps such tender, yet “*** you” lines like “My father “died” when I came out of my mom’s hole/and left the burden on my soul/until I was old enough to understand that the ***ing faggot didn’t like me much”. The Beat really pops over the chorus (“*** You”) but during the verses, the string-synths and piano definitely tear at your heart when Tyler grumbles “I don’t give a *** eitherLike Father like sonI’m done”.

So there you have it. “Bastard” proves that Tyler and the rest of OFWGKTA aren’t just a fad among strung out skater kids in L.A. Tyler has age beyond his years, evident in his music, and if he’s as smart as he sounds (and I think he is) he’s going to make sure him and the rest of OF blow up like they should. If not, then maybe Bastard’s magic will dry up a bit. But until then I’m going to blast this ***ing noise.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StrizzMatik
September 28th 2010


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Pretty good review (definitely better than the other one), fix those grammar/punctuation errors and you'll be ok. But calling "Jack And The Beanstalk" a weak track = fail. And the beats/production kinda make this record what it is as well as being Tyler's strong point, not a weakness (Tina btw is clearly a joke/trap rap parody anyways). His grimy lo-fi Madvillain-meets-Neptunisms really set him apart from the typical Fruity Loops bullshit. Then again, he also said that his work on the upcoming WOLF will "make Bastard look like a fucking joke", so I'm hype.

Pretty sad how completely unknown/ignored OF is on this site considering that Tyler, Earl and Hodgy all by themselves absolutely murder most of sputnik's favorite "rappers" that get massive amounts of undeserved dick-riding to put out the same album over and over again (remember when Wu Tang and all of its members didn't suck?)

Fort23
September 28th 2010


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love the production, i just feel it gets a little repetetive at times. but i am crazy amped for WOLF. and for earl to get the fuck out of boot camp.

deathofasalesman
September 28th 2010


5852 Comments


I found this review to be pretty over-the-top at points but definitely sums up the album nicely.


Edit: Odd Toddlers probably has the best beat on the entire record.

StrizzMatik
September 29th 2010


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Mmmm, that's a great beat but I prefer AssMilk, VCR or Blow myself

Fort23
September 29th 2010


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah but I heard he ripped it pretty much straight from a DOOM record and then just looped it. ^those are probably the best beats, along with seven.

illmitch
October 7th 2010


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

god DAMN this is fucking amazing

StrizzMatik
October 7th 2010


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Tell all yo frenz

deathofasalesman
October 7th 2010


5852 Comments


Bump for attention. Seriously GET THIS.

Fort23
October 7th 2010


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

who's up for OFWGKTA review-off?

StrizzMatik
October 7th 2010


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'll do Domo Genesis

Fort23
October 7th 2010


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'll take Ali the Mike G record.

igloodude
October 9th 2010


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where can I download this? Every link I've tried so far is broken.

Edit: Never mind, I found it. This is really good.

alachlahol
October 11th 2010


7505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is baller suck a baby goats dick

StrizzMatik
October 14th 2010


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

More OF, less Big Boi sputnik.

Fort23
October 15th 2010


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

turns out jack and the Beanstalk goes hard as fuck. my b

StrizzMatik
October 15th 2010


3220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

LIKE I SAID lol j/k. Yeah that shit is great, the "It's gold" part is just so fucking awesome with the pitched vocals and the sick keyboards. Tyler's secret weapon is his keys, he really does some complex melodies and has a really awesome jazz/r&b influence. He's smart as fuck and destroying it

deathofasalesman
October 16th 2010


5852 Comments


Dude... Tyler on "Super Market" with Domo Genesis is amazing.

Fort23
October 17th 2010


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

tyler is a beast on that track and the production is just fantastic...strizz you working on that review amirite?

Urinetrouble
October 17th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so i'm guessing this is really good?

deathofasalesman
October 17th 2010


5852 Comments


Most certainly so.



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