That crazy rapping bastard from Los Angeles, Tyler the Creator, is dropping Goblin next week, and subsequently popping Odd Future's commercial crossover cherry.
For music snobs, May 10 will forever be known as the day Tyler sold out and selfishly whored himself to an indie music label powerhouse, XL, in return for shit residuals on a $11.99 iTunes Deluxe Edition download.
Until Goblin, each of Odd Future's 12 releases have been free. Everything from Tyler's Bastard to Earl Sweatshirt's Earl, Hodgy Beats' The Dena Tape to Domo Genesis' Rolling Papers is available sans price tag, and totally disproves that stupid you-get-what-you-paid-for idiom. Those albums are dope.
Come May 10, however, we'll have to make a decision to either (a) fork over twelve bucks, (b) illegally download Goblin, or (c) jump off the Odd Future crazy train. Thankfully, Sweat Records' Jason Jimenez is hosting a Goblin listening party this Thursday at the Vagabond, so we'll get a quick listen before it's really time to take sides.
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But if we had to choose right now -- cards on the table, gun to our head -- we'd pony up the loose change for Goblin. As far we're concerned, Odd Future is the future. They're not a fad, nor a horrorcore gimmick; they're a legitimate group of talented street kids with a shit-ton of promise, and deserve all the mainstream attention they're generating.
If Tyler's previous tracks are any indication of what to expect on Goblin, then brace yourself for an undeniably twisted foray into the fascinating mind of an undeniably twisted artist.
Lyrics from "Splatter"
The school's suggestion to see a therapist is a way of telling Tyler, "there is probably something wrong with you, weirdo." Naturally, the therapist assumes Tyler's possessed by a demon after learning he doesn't believe in God. After all, anyone that doesn't believe in God is fucked up, and clearly has a demon inside them.
Well, the joke's on the school counselor. For an atheist, demons and God are no different than leprechauns and unicorns. Tyler is not possessed; he's just a little different.
Lyrics from "Session"
Like it or not, Tyler's down with abortion and profanity, much like ____ blog is down with ______ artist. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter; it's just an opinion. And like a weave, some are better than others.
Lyrics from "Tina"
Eat my ass, lick my balls/Bitch I'm at the fucking mall/with my niggas eating ham/Bitch I got that fucking swag/you don't know my fucking dad
Simple, in-your-face rhymes that make us giggle can also reveal a lot about a person. Tyler's rapped plenty about not knowing his father, even named his first album Bastard. So when he spews gratuitous rhymes about salad-tossing and nut-licking, it's funny. But it's also a subtle, subconscious reminder that Tyler's lack of a filter is the result of not growing up with a male role model to teach him right and wrong when speaking to a lady, Tina.
Lyrics from "Bitches Brewin'"
You like my songs, I like your tits/but deep down I don't really like you bitch/you got a nice tongue and you wear a nice thong/but bitch you dumb as fuck from right from wrong
Tyler's talking about a 26-year old divorcee that took his virginity in the song, and struggles with the fact she's not his type, just simply "a stand for this night."
Lyrics from "French"
Yo, I'm seventeen, already sniffing blow/I tell my friends it's asthma every time I start to itch my throat/I got a new show for MTV, Pimp my Boat/Because some bitch said my semen was dirty, that's silly ho
Compared to the rest of Odd Future, Tyler's on another level. He's older, and because of that, he's forced to lie about his recreational drug use. He doesn't want his young, impressionable followers to follow in his dangerous footsteps, which is sweet. Also, white is mad expensive, yo. He keeps that shit on the DL so none of his hoodrat crew steals his shit.