Tyler, The Cre­ator

Sunday Star-Times - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

Flower Boy (Sony) ★★★★ Ab­so­lutely no stranger to con­tro­versy, Cal­i­for­nia’s golden boy has once again caused a stir in the me­dia. De­spite be­ing la­belled by many as a ho­mo­phobe (he used the word fag­got 213 times on his de­but) it would now pos­si­bly ap­pear he’s con­fess­ing to his own ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity with sev­eral veiled ref­er­ences to it on this fourth stu­dio al­bum. Whether he’s gen­uinely com­ing out or trolling re­mains to be seen. That aside Tyler still proves him­self as one of the most dis­tinc­tive voices in rap with an eclec­tic al­bum that can be both slow and dreamy (Gar­den Shed), and loud and ag­gres­sive (Who Dat Boy). Re­gard­less of what you think of Tyler, the sheer force of his hip-hop can’t be de­nied. - Hugh Collins

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