Top 10 Tyler The Creator Tracks

words fae ryan martin (@ryanmartin182)

Who exactly Tyler the Creator is, has always been up for debate. He started as the driving force behind hip-hop collective Odd Future that made superstars out of Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean, and more recently, The Internet.

The group’s aggressive image attracted the media’s attention instantly and Tyler’s bizarre antics, as well as interviews, helped land him a show on Adult Swim with his buddies joining him on Loiter Squad. Tyler’s music reflected his behavior in the public’s eye when he released Goblin in 2011: critics pointed out the absurd number of times Tyler uses homophobic slurs throughout the album but failed to mention the immensely dark and troubled tone of the album itself. There is a track near the end of the album where Tyler metaphorically kills his friends, and the album itself deals with Tyler talking to a therapist named Dr. TC (Tyler’s Consciousness.)

Following up Goblin was Wolf, the second effort from the face of Odd Future still retained the jagged edges from Goblin but featured much more tender production and a theme centered around summer camp, love, and jealousy. It would be the last album Tyler would put together while Odd Future was still active. Cherry Bomb followed almost exactly two years later and contained some of Tyler’s messiest and most beautiful tracks he has ever released. Altogether, it made for a cluttered release that most die-hard fans will defend but the public has forgotten.

A little over two years later, Tyler emerges as a confidently bloomed bud. He releases Flower Boy, a personal album that references his sexuality for the first time and his relationship with friends and family. Long gone are the jagged edges of Goblin, in its place rests a perfectly crafted album with memorable tracks, excellent production, and amazing features from the likes of up-and-comers Rex Orange County, Kali Uchis and Steve Lacy, in addition to established acts like Frank Ocean and Lil Wayne. Now proving himself as a creative genius after fashion shows, a successful collaboration with Converse’s One-Star, grammy nominations for Flower Boy, we wonder where he will go from here.

Revisiting Tyler’s old discography can be fairly nostalgic despite being less than a decade old, memories of watching him evolve being particularly rose-tinted but it’s difficult to argue that a good chunk of his early material hasn’t stood the test of time. It took a bit for Tyler to find his footing as a musical artist and though he may have had a certain vision for all of those albums, it doesn’t mean that every song in its own way fits or is actually good at all. There is quite a number of duds on his first 4 albums (if you include mixtape Bastard). With that being said, where there is darkness there is light and Tyler is responsible for some of the best rap music of this decade. He should not be viewed as anything but a monumental inspiration to this generation and an artist to watch for years to come so, without further ado, here’s the cream of the crop when it comes to Wolf Haley’s list of tracks.

10. Treehome95

Treehome95 is just a taste of the potential Tyler had in jazz when it was released. While the cut may have been off-putting to a lot of fans when it showed up on Wolf, it still shows a connection to his current work. The gentle side of Tyler that didn’t often come out was a change of pace that much desired and this cut was only something that amplified it. Erykah Badu and Coco Owino lend gorgeous vocals to help fill out the track. By the time it ends at its 3-minute mark, it’s too soon.

9. Answer


Tyler speaks bluntly to his father on Answer with a fiery flow that resembles early Eminem.  The production on this track is easy to love: the drums sound incredible paired with the guitar tone and sure, Syd could have done really well with a bigger role than background vocals on this cut, but there’s a reason why it’s appearing on this list regardless.

8. Where This Flower Blooms


The ‘proper’ introduction to Flower Boy, Tyler sounds fearless on this track with Frank; like they have both come into their own. Tyler brings the listener into his world with great production and even better verses. 

7. She

She doesn’t really seem like it’s a stand-alone Tyler track. Frank Ocean takes such big strides at the beginning of the track that Tyler quickly falls behind. With that being said, the hook is something most Tyler fans will never forget. Infectious, unsettling, and oddly beautiful. The unfortunate part about revisiting this track is thinking about how Tyler’s early lyrics will affect the replayability of his music in the already-quick pace our culture is moving at.

6. IFHY

When the music video for this came out, it was hard not to be blown away. Tyler standing in an enormous doll-house plastered is prosthetics captured the creepy vibe that this song gives off. Released during a peak in Tyler’s aggressiveness, this cut also came off Wolf, which is also the first time we are able to see any vulnerability from Tyler. It’s an excellent blend of the two in this song especially, the brash opening lines compared to the exquisite performance from Pharrell to end things off.

5. November

This beat can really fuck you up on first listen, featuring some of the best production on the album. The theme of the song and the features from his friends that lead into the beat switch up make it an easy one to adore, seeing Tyler deliver one of his best performances in the first verse with an incredible flow.

4. OKRA

A standout cut after the release of Tyler’s most popular album, Flower Boy. Tyler unexpectedly dropped OKRA with a fantastic music video in 2018 after staying relatively quiet, retaining the lyrical elements of Flower Boy by keeping it real and bluntly rapping from a personal perspective. The production elements are very thick with a quick tempo, making it one of Tyler’s most hard-hitting songs ever.

3. Smuckers

A fan favorite, Smuckers was a huge standout on Tyler’s most polarizing effort, Cherry Bomb. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Tyler all bring their writing chops to extreme highs and pays off in one of the best posse cuts of this generation. For die-hard Kanye fans, his verse is one of the best he has dropped this decade. Lil Wayne is able to bring the song to a satisfying close with his verse towards the back end of the song. Smuckers is a song so well put together that it will age like wine.

2. See You Again

See You Again is the prime example of the current Tyler era and the best way to be able to pin down his current sound. Kali Uchis takes a chance to really shine on this track and even though she and Tyler have collaborated, nothing they’ve done has ever sounded this grand. The hook is infectious, and the flow of Tyler’s verses is something we come to expect from him. It could very well be debated that See You Again helped break down the doors for stars like Rex Orange County and Steve Lacy to bring this “anti-pop” sound into an underground mainstream audience.

1. 911/Mr. Lonely

This is one of Tyler’s best examples of when everything comes perfectly together in his head. Steve Lacy’s vocals, the Frank feature, the seamless transition into Mr. Lonely, the energy that flows from the funk of the first track into the bangin’ second. The grasp this track has you is scary, making itself an immediate favourite for many fans and a welcoming update to any listeners or critics that had written Tyler off early in his career.

Track Review: Tyler, The Creator – Who Dat Boy

By Ryan Martin (@RyanMartin182)

Wolf Haley has got the internet in flames with Who Dat Boy, the first track rumoured  to be off Tyler the Creator‘s next album, which is currently speculated as Scumfuck Flowerboy off of a leaked image. In the new visual paired with the track’s release, we see Tyler getting half of his face blown off, who then seeks A$AP Rocky’s help to sow on a pale red-headed man’s face in a face transplant. The visual ends with a different Tyler track that sounds similar to his past work like Find Your Wings and Treehome95

Who Dat Boy reflects some of Tyler’s latest sound that tracks like Fuck It and the Kanye West freestyle What The Fuck Right Now demonstrated. The pairing of the two tracks is hope that Tyler’s new album will have more cohesion than his last cluttered project, Cherry Bomb. While Cherry Bomb demonstrated the ideas Tyler is trying to produce better than any effort so far, most ideas fell flat. With the new visual and track, Tyler’s vision looks a little clearer and sounds a lot better too. There is more confidence in his sound, especially when backed by A$AP Rocky. An interesting moment to this roll-out was how Tyler put his new video on a separate YouTube channel from his original Odd Future one: possibly a move to distance himself further away from his past work with the group.

If we can be sure of anything so far, it’s that a new Tyler album is just around the corner (after all, a new track ft Frank Ocean has just leaked) while we are left to savour this disgusting new banger for the summer – finally, we know something.


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Review: Tyler The Creator, Barrowlands, Glasgow – May 12th 2015

A sea of supreme hoodie wearing teens pass a fan’s phone on stage to Odd Future leader and star of tonight Tyler The Creator. It’s clear from the moment he answers the phone he’s not the nicest guy about. “We’re all having so much fun here, enjoy your miserable night loser!” he tells the friend, the crowd erupting into laughter.

You might be wondering how having such an attitude could still mean that you could fill up the Barrowlands but conveniently enough, that’s all part of the Tyler experience. Whereas rappers like Kanye will go into hour long rants about Nike and all sorts, Tyler would rather call the crowd “cockheads” and start chants to slag off his friend Jasper. I’d be lying if I said this doesn’t add to the experience as it does benefit it greatly, making the gig a hybrid of music and stand up.

Then again that’s what everyone came for tonight: the music. Cherry Bomb was Tyler’s latest album and although it has split fans in half, his performance was nothing short of extra ordinary. People may complain about a lack of showmen in music nowadays, which I totally disagree with, but if they saw Tyler’s performance on Tuesday they’d eat their own words. He acts like he owns the stage and has the Barrowlands in his back pocket, at one point even stopping to conduct the crowd down the middle, making each side chant “Golf Wang” like a satanic cult.

Speaking of which, the songs Tyler is renown for are often plagued with controversy and they were on show tonight, Tron Cat being a shining example of this. A song full of wordplay and hypocritical phrases, the transition from album to stage is smooth and, in the context of the album, manages to show the warped mental state of the 24 year old.

The setlist as a whole was exceptionally strong, spanning all 3 of his studio albums with hits like Domo 23 getting the crowd going wild and closing track Tamale acting like an adrenaline shot to leave fans on a high. The highlight for me and for many in the audience was Yonkers, a track that holds some of the best lines I’ve heard in hip-hop. It was beautiful to see everyone take a minute from thrashing and jumping about to shout the lyrics word for word along with Tyler.

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Odd Future, the hip hop collective that Tyler formed back in the mid noughties, have came a long way since they were founded. Not only have they move away from the crass shock value that had news outlets labelling them a menace to society but members like Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean are critically praised musicians. Tyler will always be energetic, a bit of a loose nut and offensive to somebody but this doesn’t take away from how fun it is to watch him perform on stage.

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

Odd Future are kind of a big deal right now. Well I say right now, they’ve been around since 2007 and since then haven’t really faded away. Whether it’s their fashion label, their TV show on Adult Swim Loiter Squad or even their own radio station, which you can find on the Dash Radio app, Odd Future are arguably the Wu Tang Clan of the 21st Century. However, the reason people who love the controversial hip hop collective group isn’t for their socks but for their music. There’s the multi personality ring leader Tyler The Creator who’ll be visiting Scotland in May to fuck up the Barrowlands. In addition there’s also the critically praised Frank Ocean who is probably on the CIA’s most wanted list now since he’s not released a new album since 2012’s Channel Orange. And then there’s Earl Sweatshirt.

earl-sweatshirt-announces-title-and-tracklist-of-new-album-releases-grief1Earl’s career hasn’t exactly been smooth by any means. After releasing his eponymous mix-tape, it seemed like he’d just disappeared off the face of the earth. It was revealed that he had actually been sent to a boarding school in Samoa by his mum who was disapproving of his music which referenced rape and murder to an excessive level. Even when he arrived back in 2012 and released his debut album Doris, he was still facing difficulties. Not only did his grandmother die during the making of Doris but since then he had split up with girlfriend Mallory Llewellyn as well as struggling with drug problems. With I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, Earl sounds affected by all of these issues but simultaneously more confident in what he’s doing.

And so he should.

It’s no surprise that an album with such a troubled release would explore some negative themes.After listening to the first few tracks you can tell this album is different to anything Odd Future has released so far. There have always been tracks by various members about heartache and demons but usually the majority of the albums those tracks feature on are a bit more upbeat. With IDLSIDGO though, that’s not the case. On leading single Grief Earl speaks about the clarity he received after the release of Doris, being made aware of the people who only wanted to associate with him for the money and fame, “All I see is snakes in the eyes of these niggas”, an issue many rappers face after making it big. While Grief might focus on this new found fame, tracks like Mantra touch on his aforementioned relationship with Llewellyn, saying that “my absence of fucks was a problem that we ain’t never got to really solve” and how the trust just started to disappear over time.

His use of cannabis is also something that’s mentioned repeatedly during Earl’s sophmore album which is, in contrast to how Tyler The Creator portrays it, slightly more negative. Take Faucet for example where Earl talks about the ash on his face being the trace of him, which can be interpreted as being the bits of him that he’s losing to his chronic drug use or it’s just the literal ash he leaves after smoking. In a genre that constantly glorifies weed while exploring the negatives, it’s refreshing to hear something like this that can appeal to both sides of the legalise debate.

There’s very few things that I can complain about on this album. Could I say I want Earl to return to that style he had back in his mix-tape days? I could but at the same time I don’t want that. What Earl is showing on this album is the difficulties in his day to day life, something that we all face, whether it’s a bitter break up or not knowing the real you. The only minor grip I have with this album is maybe the absence of a Tyler track though that might be the bit of me that still hasn’t come to terms with EarlWolf not being a real thing.

2015 has been an amazing year for music, especially Hip Hop music. This year already we’ve had the highly anticipated follow up to Good Kid, m.A.A.d City from Kendrick Lamar as well as Death Grip’s Jenny Death, the album that many thought would never actually be released.We’re only in March and we’ve still got Drake and Kanye’s new albums later this year to get excited about. Earl can sit back rest assured that despite all the big name acts that might be surrounding him that he’s definitely proved his worth on this album.

You can buy I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside on iTunes and get Earl’s debut mixtape for free here.

Tyler The Creator – Goblin

So recently I wrote a review on Earl Sweatshirt’s debut Doris, praising it for showing off the potential the Odd Future member had and for solidifying his career in the genre. The person we have to thank, other than Earl himself, for that record even being possible is Tyler The Creator, the leader of the Odd Future collective who found him on Myspace under the identity of Sly Tendencies. So how does Tyler’s 2011 album debut following his critically praised debut mixtape Bastard match up? Surprisingly well in fact.

Now before listening to Goblin or any Odd Future release for that matter, you need to go in expecting the trademark gags and grotesque raps that the collective are now well regarded for (though recent albums from members of OF have been more mature in comparison). The production value on this album is top notch with the little touches really adding up to a polished album that has beats just oozing with charisma. Opening track Goblin shows off this with Tyler rapping about criticisms that he’s a bad influence and exaggerated claims that he’s a Satan worshipper over light machine gun rattles. As well as showing off the impressive production value, this track also features Tyler talking to his therapist about his problems which is a running theme on Wolf, Bastard & Goblin which when listened to in that order tells the fictional story of Tyler and gives the albums a lot of replay value and shows that Tyler isn’t the stupid, emotionless 22 year old that the majority of the media have him pigeon-holed as. What follows is the fan favourite Yonkers which features a memorable beat with Tyler having a conversation with his alter ego Wolf Haley in which the two contradict each other which shows the wild side of Tyler that we’re used to seeing but also the emotional Tyler that is shown on Goblin. Radicals is a tongue in cheek track with a chorus of voices shouting “Kill People, Burn Shit, Fuck School” over an aggressive, blaring beat with a follow up of calm sounds with Tyler speaking to the listener, making the album feel more atmospheric for it. Frank Ocean also features on this album on the track She which is a romantic tale of Tyler’s sappy, passive aggressive obsession with a girl with Ocean’s sublime voice providing the chorus and really shows off the talent of the 25 year old. Tron Cat is another eerie sounding track which also features rapping about Tyler’s other alter ego Tron Cat and disses about Chris Brown.

Unlike most rap albums which feature tracks that feel like they’d be better on a B-side or not on a record at all, every track on this album is necessary for explaining the story of a fictional Tyler which I have to refrain on spoiling but has already produced a number of theories on a rumoured EarlWolf album. The cameos on this album are the usual odd future member appearances but are thankfully impressive and do not feel lacklustre in the slightest. Window is a great example of this showing an emotionally unstable Tyler having an intervention with Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats and Mike G who each tell what is important in their lives and adds to the running story on this record. Any fan of the rap scene should give this album a listen to as there is a track that you’re bound to like for numerous reasons and really shows that even though Tyler might be seen as a controversial, attention seeking man-child of sorts, he definitely has the talent to make his mark on the music industry.

Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

Is it worth the hype? 

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Nowadays, thanks to social media giants like Soundcloud and Youtube, it’s easier than ever for up and coming artists to gain attention from the public, One good example of this would be the famous (infamous?) Odd Future, most commonly known as OFWGKTA, a hip hop collective group from California led by rapper Tyler The Creator who’s controversial albeit entertaining behaviour gained the group a lot of attention for the right and wrong reasons. One of the most promising members from Odd Future is Earl Sweatshirt who gained praise for his self titled debut mix-tape which showed his potential and showed that he may be able to live up to the claim made by his ‘big brother’ Tyler who generated the initial buzz of hype. Unfortunately following the release of his mix-tape, he was sent to a boarding school in Samoa by his mother until he was 18, leaving many fans questioning what had happened and led to the creation of the Free Earl campaign. It’s no wonder that on his arrival, fans were anticipating the new material from a more talented and mature Earl, hoping that he could live up to the buzz being generated about him. So does Doris prove Earl’s potential?

Before I listened to Doris, I listened to Earl so that I could compare it to his newest piece of work to see if the time away spent in Samoa had damaged or improved Earl’s work. Sweatshirt himself admitted that he would never be able to better his track Earl so I went in with low expectations but I came out being more than happy with what I had listened to, more so than I had been with my personal favourite contender for rap album of the year Yeezus. It has to be said that the production value on this album is up to the standards you’d expect from an Odd Future release though many tracks excel due to the eerie vibe that they generate and create a great atmosphere. Earl himself has lived up to most of his potential with his flow still not disappointing and coming out with many memorable lines. Unlike Earl which was the work of a young and upcoming artist which still holds up to this day, Doris is a more personal album which can be seen on the track Burgundy where he briefly talks of his now deceased grandma and on Chum where he raps about how his Father’s departure from his life has had an effect on him. The cameos on this album are unsurprising and vary from dissapointing to amazing apart from Vince Staples who is on standout form on the tracks Hive and Centurion and is by far the best guest on this album. Other guests include Frank Ocean who features on the song Sunday and Tyler The Creator on Sasquatch though this track seems like something that could have been on Wolf as it gives off more of a Tyler vibe than an Earl one which is by no means a bad thing but on a debut album, Earl should be trying to be creating a unique charisma on Doris, which thankfully it does have, though the track itself is decent enough.

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Doris shows that Sweatshirt has realised how far shock value can get you in this genre and has not only matured in his lyrics but also in his production value which shows on the tracks that he has produced and certifies himself as a force to be reckoned with and that he has a bright future ahead of him.