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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.

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