Tyler, the Creator – Goblin

 Hip-Hop; 2011


Trying the shorter review thing.

Tyler’s always talking about the bloggers he hates so much so I had to take the chance to become one of them. I’m not gonna call him Horrorcore though, he’s too self-aware. For a song like Goblin, I can connect on a personal level because of that. He thinks he needs help but his friends think he’s kidding and maybe he’s just being dramatic. He’s not insane but his thoughts are so all over the place that it does feel like he has a personality disorder at times. It’s long for a Hip-Hop album and may be hard to listen to in one go, especially since the middle tracks are weaker than the beginning and end. Yonkers is pretentious although the first line tells you everything you need to know about the song. It’s an exercise in paradoxes and is more clever than most will realize, which is the only thing it tries to do. Tyler is like what Eminem was 11 years ago – edgy and controversial but not that serious and everyone loves it. He won’t get AS big as Eminem did but he’s definitely mainstream. He kills his friends where Eminem killed Kim. He issues a Random Disclaimer where Slim Shady put out a Public Service Announcement both of them appear right before one of the crazier songs each rapper has put out. Adam Hawkins of Blind Idiot God, an instrumental Metal band from the 80’s, said that when he listened to Metal he thought “Great energy but boring chords!” Tyler thinks the same of Hip-Hop and his production is different from most other Hip-Hop, although not at all to the point where he’s gonna earn any credit as a great composer. His rapping is more about word choice than rhymes. You could call him Abstract Hip-Hop with more focused lyrics.

1. Goblin
2. Yonkers
3. Radicals
4. She
5. Transylvania
6. Nightmare
7. Tron Cat
8. Her
9. Sandwitches
10. Fish / Boppin’ Bitch
11. Analog
12. Bitch Suck Dick
13. Window
14. AU79
15. Golden

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2 Responses to “Tyler, the Creator – Goblin”

  1. I’m listening to it now. It’s very… interesting. Kinda reminds me of a slowed down Busdriver. But very nice production, and the beats are really catchy.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    If this is a “short” review then keep them coming.

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