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A Closer Look At Tyler, The Creator’s New Album ‘Wolf’

Tyler, the Creator is one of the strangest artists one will ever encounter in the rap game. In fact you never know what is going to come out of the 22-year-old M.C.’s mouth, and this is why many people gravitate to the rapper. There is no exception to this rule when it comes to his third album, Wolf. Wolf is a strange collection of treats that was produced by Tyler, The Creator himself. The album also features guest spots from The Frank Ocean, Mike G, Domo Genesis, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats, Pharrell, Casey Veggies and Erykah Badu.

Wolf starts out innocently enough with the smoothish introduction to the title track, “WOLF,” but this smooth listening vibe gets turned over when the listener hears the word ‘Fuck.’ Tyler then goes into a verse, and we get to hear a little conversation between two of Tyler’s alter-ego’s, Sam and Wolf. This leads into the track “Jamba” which is an interesting track featuring Hodgy Beats. Next up is the track “Cowboy” which is one of my favorite tracks on the album because we hear Tyler’s dark and thematic lyrics throughout his narrative verses.

“Akward” is the fourth track on the album. This track has a definite 90’s hip hop feel that I really enjoyed.  “Domo23” is the next track, and this is another one of my favorite tracks on the album due to Tyler’s tight and rhythmic rhyme scheme. Tyler’s voice is angry, and in this track we get to hear about Tyler’s recurring topic of getting at a house. I also enjoyed Tyler’s diss about One Direction.

“Answer” is a strange track that I didn’t get, and I didn’t really know why it’s on the record. But then I heard Tyler’s verse, but then I learned that this is a song about Tyler’s  baggage with his father. The next track on the album is called “Slater” which features Frank Ocean who I’m not really a fan of, so obviously I started on the wrong foot with this song, but I realized I was right Frank Ocean’s part was just like an annoying voice over. The next track I really took note of was “Pigs” which I related to lyrically, sort of. Or at least till he talked about starting riots.

“Rusty” is another must listen to track on the record. The first verse which is provided by Domo Genisis is tight, and that is all we can ask. Right? Tyler then comes in with a verse that I loved because lyrically I could really relate to it.

Earlier I stated that Tyler, the Creator is one of the strangest artists one will ever encounter in the rap game, and that you never know what is going to come out of the 22-year-old M.C.’s mouth. Wolf continues this unpredictable nature in grand fashion. I definitely think you should check this album out!

-B. Harlow



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What The Hell is OFWGKTA? An Artist Profile on Odd Future.

The past few years have proved to be quite a large change in the rap world, spawning the rise of new rappers like: Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Tyga. In Los Angeles, California another group has taken the public eye with both shock, and awe. The group is called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, also known as OFWGKTA, or simply Odd Future. I had personally never heard about the group until their lead rapper and producer Tyler, the Creator won best new artist at the VMAs. He got this honor after the huge successes of his album Goblin’, featuring his most popular songs including ‘Yonkers’, ‘Sandwiches’ and ‘She’. Immediately I listened to the group and found it to be the most bizarre and, unique style of rap I have ever heard. Odd Future is made up of nine members. The leader of the group, Tyler, is the lead rapper and producer for the group as well as the side projects that go along with them. Along with Tyler, the group’s rappers include Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, and Mike G. R&B singer Frank Ocean sings for the group along with their DJ, Syd the Kid. Odd Future has raised many critical eyebrows over extremely controversial and risky themes and lyrics, as well as for living in the fast lane, doing what they want when they want to. The group raps on controversial topics including violence, their gang, and explicit sexual themes. This past Wednesday, Odd Future played at the House of Blues Boston where the show was shut down due to illegal firearm possession, as well as one of the members attempting to stage dive off the second floor standing area of the venue. The venue was forced to cut the lights as well as the sound from the microphones. Their new album was released this past Tuesday, March, 20th and titled ‘The OF Tape, Vol. 2’ featuring their first single ‘Rella’. The Music video for the track gives listeners a different appreciation for the uniqueness of the group, which can be seen through the insanity. Though I do not agree with all of what the group stands for, they show the ingenuity of what it takes to separate OFWGKTA from the rest of the pack.

-M. Tozeski

Check out the Music Video For Rella’ below:

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