Over the past eight years, Tyler, the Creator, has slowly evolved into one of rap’s most respected artists. With the release of his fourth studio album this July, Scum Fuck, Flower Boy, the public has been introduced to a more mature, serious Tyler. ‘Flower Boy’ has seemingly received a unanimous positive review from fans and critics, developing into Tyler’s most complete, well-produced album to date and arguably rap’s best album of 2017.
The California rapper now has five full-length projects under his belt – Bastard (2009), Goblin (2011), Wolf (2013), Cherry Bomb (2015) and Flower Boy. Two of the previous four, his first mixtape, Bastard, along with Wolf, are seen by most as impressive projects, while Cherry Bomb and Goblin are much more controversial and have generally received less-positive reviews. Regardless, Tyler has a huge body of work to his name, so following the release of Flower Boy, it’s a perfect time to take a look at his career so far with his 10-best all-time tracks.
Parts two and three will come on Wednesday and Thursday.
10. WHAT THE FUCK RIGHT NOW
Album – None
*FIREEEE LYRICS* (1:21) – “I ain’t do college I said fuck them lessons, I ain’t join no gang I said fuck them weapons, grabbed keyboard, clancy crossed my path, cashed my first check and said fuck depression”.
The lone track on here that isn’t on any one of Tyler’s five projects. ‘WHAT THE FUCK RIGHT NOW’ depicts how effortlessly Tyler can flow and make a banger if he wanted to go that direction in his career. A track like this proves that if he wanted to, Tyler could make “bangers” consistently better than 90 percent of the public’s favorite rapper. He brings nonstop energy on this joint, and really shows his versatility. He can flow (0:10-0:40, 1:19-1:31), deliver fire bars (also 0:10-0:40 and 1:19-1:31), and so much entertaining wordplay (the whole track).
A$AP Rocky is also featured in the video and is used on the chorus and in the background. I love how simple the video is too with all of them just fucking around, it makes the experience more enjoyable and the artists more relatable – if Tyler wasn’t relatable enough already.
9. Sandwitches (ft. Hodgy)
Album – Goblin
*FIREEEEEE LYRICS* (1:40) “I’m jealous as shit, cause I ain’t got no home meal to come to. So, if you do, I’m throwing fingers out screaming “fuck you”. I got ten of these Kennedy’s… not Dom, but if I was a Dahm, I would be Jeffery”
No, Goblin isn’t Tyler’s best album, but there are a couple fantastic tracks nevertheless such as ‘Sandwitches’. I love Hodgy’s feature on this one, he sounds perfect with the beat with his somewhat raspy voice over the jangled beat. This track exemplifies Tyler’s mastery of wordplay, and the “Wolf. Gang. Wolf Gang.” may be simple, but it’s incredibly catchy.
8. Rusty (ft. Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt)
Album – WOLF
These bars though…
Domo, Tyler and Earl, all Odd Future members, all do really well on this song off Tyler’s strong sophomore album, WOLF. This is one of Domo’s best verses I’ve heard from him, too. Tyler is straight funny as fuck – laugh out loud funny with some of his lines. “I’m harder than DJ Khaled playing the fucking quiet game.” I don’t care if this line looks simply on paper.. it’s Tyler. His delivery and ‘I-don’t-give-a-shit’ attitude makes this an amazing line.
7. She (ft. Frank Ocean)
Album – Goblin
It’s super rare to find a natural singer have the ability to both produce beautiful vocals and solid raps/bars on the same track as Frank does here. Tyler’s bridge on this is pretty funny, too.
“One, two; you’re the girl that I want
Three, four, five, six, seven; shit
Eight is the bullets if you say no after all this
And I just couldn’t take it, you’re so motherfuckin’ gorgeous”
This again came off Goblin, and was one of its best and most complete tracks on the album. It’s pretty jaw-dropping that Tyler’s creative mindset was there at such a young age when this and Bastard (2009) dropped.
The softer production is much different than the three tracks listed above, and there’s more where that came from on this list.
Check back in tomorrow to see No. 3-6 on the list.