Music Review: Tyler, the Creator – Bastard (2010)

Tyler, the Creator – Bastard
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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (or OFWGKTA/Odd Future for short) are a hip-hop group that is definitely not for everybody. They’re a really dark group and make the Wu-Tang Clan look like lighthearted fun. Like Eminem when he first got big, Odd Future relies heavily on shock value — that said, these guys aren’t a generic horrorcore group that uses shock value as a crutch. They might be talking about killing people, but the beats and the rapping that surrounds the subject matter is good enough to make them really entertaining to listen to even if you aren’t a psychopath.

Tyler, the Creator is the de facto leader of OFWGKTA and he’s also the most interesting member of the group. The rest of the group is pretty talented, but what really sets Tyler apart is how he alters his voice to make it really deep and demonic-sounding. It really adds to the general creepiness of every song he’s in.

The combination of Tyler’s voice with the really dark beats makes this album a unique experience from beginning to end, but that’s not to say it’s without its flaws. A couple tracks feel like filler a little bit, especially “Odd Toddlers“. That track uses the same sample MF Doom used for One Beer, and while it worked for Doom it doesn’t really work for Tyler.

If you’re someone who constantly complains about hip-hop being “dead”, you should definitely give Odd Future a shot. They’re unlike anything else today.
Score: 8.75/10

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