Tyler, the creator still creates magic
American rapper Tyler the Creator delves into the musical past of his own discography and influences while venturing into uncharted territory in his sixth studio album Call me if you get lost.
After the release of his Grammy-winning album Igor, we haven’t heard much from Tyler in the past two years. And then recently, a mysterious billboard with the words “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” popped up in Los Angeles, which then turned out to be a promotional billboard for the rapper’s upcoming album.
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Unlike his last albums, Call me if you get lost does not have the narrative flow of a concept album, but continues the tradition of introducing new characters. Tyler plays Tyler Baudelaire, borrowing the surname of the famous French poet, Charles Baudelaire.
The album begins with “Sir Baudelaire” with DJ Drama which appears throughout the album, which is reminiscent of the famous hip-hop mixtape series Gangsta Grillz. “Sir Baudelaire” is a laid back track with Tyler rapping about the lavish lifestyle of a famous rapper.
“Corso” picks up the pace with stories of festivities and hectic life, but ends with a story about how the singer was heartbroken and his unsuccessful attempt to fill that void. “WusYaName” is a throwback to the sound Tyler made famous on his album Flower boy. Aggression returns with the first single from the album “Lumberjack”. The vicious drums used in the track were a staple of Gangsta Grillz. The composition of “Hot Wind Blows” is made of a flute-like synth, with the legendary Lil Wayne delivering an excellent and lyrical verse.
“Massa” has Tyler contemplating the contrast between the era of slavery and the opulent lifestyles of individuals like Tyler in modern America. He expresses his paranoia about his lack of emotional connection with people despite his accumulated wealth. One of my favorites on the album, “RunItUp”, lends the voice of the fresh and creative Teezo Touchdown, with the composition consisting of celebratory horns and a memorable hook that makes you feel like the protagonist of a 90s rap video.
“Manifesto” has a comedic intro that provides an appropriate carpet for the lines on activism on Twitter. “Sweet / I Thought You Wanted to Dance” is a two-part story about falling in love and losing that person to someone else, both compositions drowning in Tyler’s signature melodic style.
At the end of the album, “Juggernaut” is a very serious track with Lil Uzi Vert delivering one of his best career verses. “Wilshere” is the longest track on the album. In this story, he sings about falling in love with the other half of his friend and the painful confusion that ensues in his mind. The album ends with the loud “Safari” which feels like a celebration for both Tyler and the listener. Tyler, the Creator solidified his place as one of the greats of this generation. It’s an album that his fans and critics will cherish. It’s a long listen, but it never fails to stay fresh with a little something for anyone who has a favorite among Tyler, the creator’s diverse discography.