On Friday, the NY Times' unofficial hip-hop source Jon Caramanica reviewed Tyler, The Creator's Wolf and discussed the young rapper's potential path moving forward. Though you can read the review of the album on our site, here's a breakdown of what we learned from the Times piece.
"'Colossus' is his version of Eminem’s 'Stan,' more or less, documenting an awkward interaction with a fan who doesn’t know when to stop. Tyler plays both roles, inspiration and inspired, but saves his best lines for the fan, with whom he has more in common than he’d care to admit: 'In school I was the one that was thinking outside boxes/So everybody in them would say that I got problems.'"
"'Wolf' is the first of his albums to be released via a distribution partnership between Odd Future and Sony."
6. Odd Future
"One song, 'Trashwang,' features normally nonrapping Odd Future affiliates rapping, the sort of tossed-off concept a group of teenagers come up with during a late night basement sleepover. And the Odd Future show on Adult Swim, the protean-but-improving 'Loiter Squad,' is pure juvenile slapstick, not much more than a few friends, their inside jokes and some cameras to capture it all."
"As before though, his candor can veer into uncomfortable, eyebrow-raising territory. 'IFHY' is a typical Tyler love song, which is to say it’s hostile and abrasive and unlikely to result in actual love. In it he veers between bliss and threats to a woman he wants and her new man: 'Make sure you never meet again like goddamn vegans/’cause when I hear your name I cannot stop cheesing.'"
"[His] aw-shucks accessibility makes Tyler’s transformation into the sort of rapper who raps about his house (even if from an awe-struck perspective) and gripes about his fans even more jarring. Another consistent thread on 'Wolf' is how he navigates interacting with the gaggle of outsiders who have found solace in his music and place him, a former outsider, on less familiar turf."