TYLER THE CREATOR – CHERRY BOMB
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AS IF ONE ON A ONE MAN MISSION TO SAVE HIP HOP, Tyler The Creator throws everything – including what often sounds like the kitchen sink – into the mix. And his latest album, his fourth, is a perfect example of that.
Guests are as diverse as Kanye and Toro Y Moi, and musically it goes from bombastic, scatter- gun hip hop to jazz- accented freakouts. The strongest influence is rock though, with opener ‘ Deathcamp’ a fuzzy, scuzzy hip rocker that could have been lifted off a prime era N. E. R. D album, which is high praise indeed.
There’s a limit to his creativity, and just how much you can stomach – ‘ Cherry Bomb’ sounds like a Stormtrooper invasion, all thunderous drums and military beats, while ‘ The Brownstairs’ is what we’d imagine a breakdown in Wallmart to sound like. But when his creative instincts are properly harnessed and toned down, like the classic 90s hip hop era jam ‘ Smuckers’ and the off- kilter ‘ Buffalo,’ Cherry Bomb goes off with a bang.