Tyler, The Creator – IGOR
If 2017’s Flower Boy
was his summer love story, then IGOR
serves as Tyler
’s thoughtful goodbye to his first real romance, even if it was in the form of an awkward love triangle. “EARFQUAKE” is a bonafide pop song even if it took four to five listens to Playboi Carti
’s baby-voice to understand what exactly he was rapping. The grainy, Wes Anderson
-esque music videos
make overt references to Tyler’s sexuality, something that came as a revelation on Flower Boy
. An unfinished reference track is actually a full-fledged Kanye West
feature and comedian Jerrod Carmichael
lends his insight as interludes. Tyler even abandons rapping for the majority of the album to focus on altering his singing voice and to create complex instrumentation for his guests.
Who would have expected then that the teenager eating a cockroach in the “Yonkers” video would be running around in pastel suits and a blonde wig headlining every major music festival a decade later? IGOR
is a testament to Tyler’s artistic growth and taste-level. Wherever he goes from here (and it might just culminate with a GRAMMY
acceptance speech this February) the world will be watching.