Album Review: Tyler The Creator – Goblin
The rap world hasn’t been the same since the 10 man collective Odd Future descended onto us with a humongous bang earlier this year. The group’s brand of horror core lyrics matched with psychedelic, spaced out production found themselves a hardcore fanbase amongst skaters, punk rockers and anybody that just like good, fun, destructive music.
The group’s de-facto leader, California native Tyler the Creator, led the charge with his debut album Bastard. Since the release of the disc, Tyler and the group has gone on to build a huge buzz for itself with monster performances at SXSW and Coachella. After a furious attempt from the likes of Steve Rifkind to Jay-Z offering bids for their services, the group inked a distribution deal with Sony/Red. But before they go fully into the cut throat world of major league music, Tyler allows indie rock label XL Recordings to drop his sophomore disc Goblin.
Goblin displays the bizarre, complex lyrics and production that hardcore fans have come to love. The disc opens up with the title track. Tyler spits lines like, “He’s bumping all my shit/ You mother fuckers think I’m supposed to live up to this shit/ I’m still jacking off proceeding to live life reckless and getting more pussy when I bitches I’m Wood Harris” over a slow rolling horror movie type backdrop.
Radicals serves as the anthem for Tyler and the Odd Future team. Over a punk rock type track, Tyler and the team scream out loud “Kill people, burn things, fuck school” over and over until you get the point. He doesn’t give a fuck.
Transylvania brings you into the mood of the old school Nintendo game Castlevania as you listen to the track, you can see Tyler taking the role of Simon Belmont scrolling through dark castles and forests as he tracks his prey; “I’ll take her to the bathroom and lunching and now she thinks I’m gonna munch on her muffin.” The hook lets you know that “I’m Dracula bitch. And I don’t have a problem smacking a bitch.”
The standout track on the album is Fish featuring fellow Odd Future member and underground cult idol Frank Ocean. Over a piano based track that starts off mellow then progresses into something far more sinister, Tyler spits, “Slip it in her drink/ An in a blink/ I can make a white girl look chink/ And I don’t give a fuck what you think/ Last time I visited this subject, the judge ordered me to see a shrink.” Ocean comes in at the end with making all the rape and murder talk sound soulful; “Hide your daughters, sisters, hell hide your grandmothers/ It’s the fisherman and he’s raping everyone in the pool. He’s on the loose.”
Goblin is a tight album for what it is. 9 tracks of spaced out, new school horror-core, built for a fanbase that’s seen just about everything you can see. The underground classics like Sandwitches and Yonkers are also added to the mix to make this really one of the best albums of 2011.
Standout Songs: “Fish” ft. Frank Ocean, “Goblin”, “Yonkers”, “Radicals”
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Album reviewed by Mekha