Tyler, The Creator // Goblin // May 10 // XL
Goblin, right, where do we start with this one. The second solo album from Tyler, The Creator, the leading force of those guys called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All which you might have heard about somewhere. They do hip-hop but unlike everyone else in hip-hop nowadays they’re not afraid to offend you, quite the opposite, they’ll spit on you, call you a faggot and won’t let you go until you do something sick to please them.
Goblin follows Bastard, the debut album and both of them follow the theme of Tyler being in a psychiatrist room, telling his stories and if there was a person who needs a psychiatrist then it’s this guy. His lyrics deal with suicide, rape, murder, depression and loneliness. Other than that Tyler loves to offend people, I can’t count how many times has he called Bruno Mars faggot but it’s a lot.
Musically Goblin leaves something to be desired, however, the music works very well with the lyrics. Both are very grey and bleak, and it’s not a lack of talent. There’s an instrumental on this album which Tyler made himself and to be honest it could rival stuff that people like Flying Lotus have been coming up in the last few years.
So Goblin is a depressing album about how everyone is shit and how everyone should kill everyone, not really. There’s way more depth here than on many other so called sad albums that I’ve heard all this year and Tyler comes across as a genuinely depressed person who understands the feelings he’s talking about. He is the only one who talks about these things, he is the only true character in whole of music nowadays. This is as good as hip-hop got in this millennium, in a long time no one wanted to talk about feeling and all there was were stuff like bling and bitches but thanks to Tyler and whole Odd Future crew that’s about to change. Like he says himself, the Wolf Gang hooligans will show us that breaking rules is fucking cool again.