Tyler the Creator
Wolf


3.5
great

Review

by knottsknocks USER (12 Reviews)
March 29th, 2013 | 308 replies


Release Date: 04/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: WOLF is an original release with classic Odd Future-esque lyrics, but with terrible production and mixing.

In an interview with SPIN Magazine, Tyler the Creator expressed that Wolf would be a different organism from his previous releases. “Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn't interest me anymore...what interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to. With Wolf, I'll brag a little more, talk about money and buying ***. But not like any other rapper, I'll be a smart-ass about it. People who wanted my first album again, I can't do that. I was 18, broke as ***. On my third album, I have money and I'm hanging out with my idols. I can't rap about the same ***.” The mistake the interviewers made in presenting these quotes were that Tyler the Creator is never what he seems. He constantly blends truth and fiction with such ease, it's unsettling. Even more so than him rapping about rape and cutting bodies. Having listened to the album, I'll dissect the quotes for your benefit. “Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn't interest me anymore.” Let me provide some lyrical excerpts from the album to see if this statement happens to be factually correct. “Address my little dick as Ike, twenty says I hit your wife.” “Oh, you want a tip bitch, well here's my dick for gratuity, bitch.” “Sorry, I called you the wrong name, see, my brain's splitting. Dad isn't your name, see Faggot's a little more fitting.” Tyler wasn't lying. He's still rapping misogynistic, homophobic and violent, but at least he's staying away from mutilation and rape. Baby steps are important.

“What interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to.” This is an odd comment from Tyler. Anybody who's listened to anything he's released knows he's not really into the whole hippie scene. Peace and love? More like loving women in pieces. , In addition he's also never been interested in marijuana, he's also espoused a "straight-edge" lifestyle for himself. His fanbase isn't largely comprised of hippies, obviously. Hippie music also doesn't traditionally contain references to forcibly making women drink your semen, but I'll give Tyler a break. He's obviously just trying to ease into a new style. He would never lie to us about the content of his album, right? Maybe, we need to create a new blend of hippie counterculture with hip-hop counterculture. I'll give Tyler credit where it's due for trying to accomplish this.

“With Wolf, I'll brag a little more, talk about money and buying ***. But not like any other rapper, I'll be a smart-ass about it.” Tyler's lyrics are predictably clever. But he doesn't often, if not at all, brag about money and buying *** on WOLF. Even though the production is insanely different from his previous albums, which I will cover in a moment, he's more or less rapping about the same *** as Bastard and Goblin, with a calmer and more confident feel. It's not extremely disturbing or horrific content like GOBLIN, but WOLF still retains a classic sheen of Tyler the Creator that we have come to appreciate and accept from the Odd Future leader. If you like Tyler's typical lyrical content, you will enjoy WOLF.

The production on this album is incredibly strange. It combines tranquil, almost dull beats with typical Odd Futuresque lyrics. Although tracks exist on the album with top-of-the-line production such as “Domo23” and “Jamba” which are standouts, the album is almost a cruel April Fools joke. Everything Tyler said in press releases about the album would be false. He touted the release as being lyrically calm and unconventional, while most of the album would be production-based, but there seems to have been no effort put into some of the mixing and structure. Tyler's not made a horrible release, but he's made a deceptive one, with deceptive marketing. Fans of hardcore beats to match hardcore rhymes will be scratching their heads while listening to WOLF.

“People who wanted my first album again, I can't do that. I was 18, broke as ***. On my third album, I have money and I'm hanging out with my idols. I can't rap about the same ***.” Tyler can certainly rap about the same exact ***, but apparently he can't replicate the same exact sound. Odd Future has never particularly cared about the opinions of internet critics, but Tyler, if you're reading this, I'd love to get haunting and imposing tracks again. I'm sure an artist who has made a name for not caring what anybody thinks is going to take my advice, but I'm certain a majority of your fans are on the same page as me. WOLF has excellent lyrics, with no production to match.



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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2013


23818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

save this shit bro, it's gonna get deleted hard!!!

and next time you post it, use (size=2) (/size) tags, but with [] instead of (), to get around the swear-filter

XingKing
March 29th 2013


10573 Comments


Say goodbye to this review shortly

RadicalEd
March 29th 2013


2649 Comments


dat cover

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oltnabrick
March 29th 2013


30797 Comments


bet im the only goon in these tiny pants

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Ire
March 29th 2013


41779 Comments


terrible production on an odd future album???

oltnabrick
March 29th 2013


30797 Comments


hodgy beats 'untitled' ep had good production lol




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taxidermist
March 29th 2013


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Take the review down (since it will get deleted) and work on it a little.

Scoot
March 29th 2013


17752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ofwgsweatshirthaley

oltnabrick
March 29th 2013


30797 Comments


You know what, you can go fck yourself because i have not done anything that has irked anyone else but YOU. Quite frankly I don't really care about someone who has never met me & sits behind a computer thinking that it is okay to harass someone on the internet. You want to make a difference? Do yourself a favor and stop being hypocritical & engaging in CyberBullying, its a real problem & effects many & you are just, like I said, helping it out. So please refrain from replying back.

East Hastings
March 29th 2013


4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so inaccurate on every level

TooLateToGoBack
March 29th 2013


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well that escalated quickly

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oltnabrick
March 29th 2013


30797 Comments


ye my post is out of control


id have to agree with you

bach
March 29th 2013


12596 Comments


The production on this isn't stellar by any stretch of the imagination... But it's better than Bastard's and definitely goblin's.

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joshieboy12345
March 29th 2013


5370 Comments


Is the guy on the cover mentally challenged?

NeoSpaz
March 29th 2013


4518 Comments


deletehammer come forth

Gwyn.
March 29th 2013


15086 Comments


Saved the review for ya dude cause it made me chuckle a couple of times, but prepare to repost some other day

Surprise it hasn't been removed tho

pmmets07
March 29th 2013


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have no problem with the production on this. it's a good album, just too long.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2013


28517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9 | Sound Off

mixing's a little off but the production is great so neg hard for dumb review U HAVE BEEN NEGGED

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 29th 2013


28517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.9 | Sound Off

mixing's a little off but the production is great so neg hard for dumb review U HAVE BEEN NEGGED

PumpBoffBag
March 29th 2013


327 Comments


terrible production on an odd future album??? [2]



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