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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released May 10, 2011 | XL Recordings

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No more fooling around. With Tyler, The Creator's debut album, the rap world finally started to take his Odd Future crew seriously. That meant no more condescension, no more questions about the identity or credibility of members Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt or Hodgy Beats. In 2011, the leader of the troupe demonstrated his ample talents with Goblin. He produced almost all of the album's fifteen tracks, and alternates between long introspective pieces such as Window or Goblin, and sure-fire hits like the single Yonkers, or electronic instrumentals like AU79. This versatility won him critical recognition and respect. Audiences felt like they were witnessing the rebirth of an artist who had a bright future ahead of him. Tyler was skilfully building up a sharp, visual body of work, and leaving behind the adolescent image of the old Odd Future days. With Goblin, the group entered adulthood without losing any of their hardness (Sandwiches) or their sensuality (She, featuring Frank Ocean). This was the first of many classic releases from Tyler, The Creator. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released June 25, 2021 | Columbia

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Not two seconds into his sixth LP, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Tyler, the Creator boldly stakes his claim with rap: ""Y'all ready?" booms the voice of DJ Drama, before the iconic "GANGSTA GRIZZILZ" tag jolts the album to life. Hosted by the legendary master-of-ceremonies, Tyler's latest LP imprints all the lessons of the last 8 years onto the raw rap talent of the Wolf era, combining visceral verses with expansive layers of production. Working with the likes of Westside Gunn and Freddie Gibbs has revitalised the outright fun of T's verses -- "AARGH, YOU LOOK MALNOURISHED" - as well as bringing the vivid storytelling of the former contrarian into subjects of vast personal import. It proves a sharp left turn after the progressive pop of 2019's IGOR -- but one that is realised with an unrelenting passion. Tyler's work has always been a patchwork of ever-increasing palettes, and CMIYGL is his most complex to date. Recurring tricks are masterfully melded into new templates: "RUNITUP!" continues the build-and-burst of "See You Again," "RISE!" folds IGOR's layered vocal textures into new visions, and "LEMONHEAD" channels Cherry Bomb for what sounds like an unironic take on Pink Guy's "Club Banger 3000." Yet it's equally clear that Tyler is continuing to expand with the sounds of his collaborators -- an intergalactic warble colours Uzi’s “JUGGERNAUT” tour-de-force, while yacht-rap lessons from The Alchemist make for a spectacle on “HOT WIND BLOWS” and “SIR BAUDELAIRE.” These new strides find a potent home among Tyler’s powerful-yet-familiar production toolkit; “I been switchin' gears since Tracee Ellis Ross was UPN” he raps on digital-only closer “SAFARI,” its soundscape playing out like a collage of each of his technicolour eras. As with every Tyler record, there’s a plethora of breadcrumbs to follow. The album’s central thread proffers a compelling forbidden-desire narrative, while the scratchy vocals akin to a much-referenced Wolf Haley are enough to make anyone drag their donut-print back out the wardrobe. In the minutiae, CMIYGL is equally abundant: "SWEET" is the full version of the interlude at the end of 2017's "I Ain't Got Time," while the Gravediggaz sample on "LUMBERJACK" is a sly wink to a tweet from the Bastard era. That’s saying nothing of the cryptic “Tyler Baudelaire”; fans of Charles Baudelaire may find the poet’s resonance in “WILSHIRE” and the album’s stretching, international escapism, though concrete answers remain shrouded. In a 2011 conversation with Nas, Tyler played every part the fan: "Nazareth Savage," the rapper exclaims, recalling his favourite sample from the Brooklyn legend, "that s*** is, like, legit as f***." Ten years on, Tyler finds himself recreating the beat for his own dizzying "MANIFESTO." It proves not only an acknowledgement of his icon, but an apt parallel for CMIYGL's daring return to rap: not only does Tyler possess every ounce of the talent to square up with rap's greats, he now has confidence enough to do so. © David Crone /TiVo
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 21, 2017 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released May 17, 2019 | Columbia

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It has been an uphill battle for the Odd Future’s great leader. He was once one of the rising stars of the underground rap scene only to be wiped out by a series of setbacks. Tyler came back with a bang, demonstrating his passion for beautiful orchestration on the excellent Flower Boy released in the summer of 2017. The Flowerboy revealed a diversified pallet of charged soul and R&B that was conscientious and terribly sensitive, already beginning to move away from the constraints of rap. Tyler favored detail over bursts of witty remarks like on Cherry Bomb. It was a divergent move that the Angelino had already taken with the erratic Goblin. While it follows Flower Boy musically in terms of melody (EARFQUAKE, A BOY IS A GUN), IGOR is unique and proves that if Tyler had stumbled upon obstacles in the past, it’s because his genius was badly contained rather than managed.While Flower Boy maintained the beautiful vestiges of the Goblin era, IGOR is a more radical departure. Do not be fooled, IGOR is not a rap album. No, IGOR blurs the lines between rap, electro, soul and R&B with a fantastic layering of synthesizers and tasteful samples (Head West, Bibi Mascel, Run DMC, Ponderosa Twins Plus One…). There is still significant influence from Pharrell Williams (I THINK) who can be found on the production of ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?. When it comes to lyrics, Tyler discusses a range of lost lovers further raising the question of his sexual ambiguity. IGOR features many of Tyler usual collaborators: Kali Uchis, King Krule, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti. An absolute classic. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 1, 2013 | Odd Future

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 18, 2014 | F.M.F. Entertainment

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released October 12, 2018 | Odd Future

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released January 25, 2020 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released June 16, 2021 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released May 10, 2011 | XL Recordings

No more fooling around. With Tyler, The Creator's debut album, the rap world finally started to take his Odd Future crew seriously. That meant no more condescension, no more questions about the identity or credibility of members Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt or Hodgy Beats. In 2011, the leader of the troupe demonstrated his ample talents with Goblin. He produced almost all of the album's fifteen tracks, and alternates between long introspective pieces such as Window or Goblin, and sure-fire hits like the single Yonkers, or electronic instrumentals like AU79. This versatility won him critical recognition and respect. Audiences felt like they were witnessing the rebirth of an artist who had a bright future ahead of him. Tyler was skilfully building up a sharp, visual body of work, and leaving behind the adolescent image of the old Odd Future days. With Goblin, the group entered adulthood without losing any of their hardness (Sandwiches) or their sensuality (She, featuring Frank Ocean). This was the first of many classic releases from Tyler, The Creator. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 13, 2015 | Odd Future

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 12, 2017 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 28, 2018 | Columbia - RCA

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 16, 2018 | Columbia

Hip-Hop/Rap - Released August 23, 2017 | TB Media

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released January 25, 2020 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 5, 2021 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released June 8, 2018 | Columbia

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 15, 2011 | XL Recordings

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released June 30, 2017 | Columbia