Tyler, the Creator – Wolf

At only twenty-two years of age Tyler Okonma has already earned the respect of many within the hip hop community. As the frontman of the band Odd Future and his own solo career, this being his third solo disc, he has in a very interestaing way allowed the listener access to the inner workings of the teenage male’s heart and mind. As a result on Wolf you will hear the contributions of such big names as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean. He has an attitude of a guy who won’t play by the rules and really doesn’t care what most people think. Pretty self-assured for such a young guy. Like him or not you have to admire his chutzpah. We really get to see the dark recesses of his psyche on Wolf. Not for the faint of heart as this is sometimes tough stuff. Tyler is angry most of the time. Angry at the father who abandoned him. Pissed off at some fans who have awkwardly approached him. Then there is the sexism, foul language aplenty and homophobia. Is it tongue in cheek or is that how he truly feels? Your guess is as good as mine. If you can look past that controversial stuff then there are some good tracks to be found. He is incredibly blunt and honest. I admire him for that. Saying what is on your mind does have its merits no matter the content. For instance, the whole part about him not really being happy about the fame game. There are precious few hip hop artists who don’t lap up fame and all the women and bling that comes along with it.

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