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"Cherry Bomb" Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator

Cherry Bomb Album Review

Odd Future Records/Sony

Released April 13, 2015

Genre: Alternative Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Neo-Soul

Tyler, The Creator’s immaturity can be considered as one of his strengths, and at times one of his weaknesses. The Odd Future kingpin returns with his fourth studio LP, Cherry Bomb, and the result finds the rapper advancing in terms of musicianship and instrumentation, yet at times he falters in terms of songwriting and production.

The one difference most listeners will take away from this project is Tyler’s style, which introduces a Neo-soul/rap rock change of pace. There are times when this formula works, such as the tastefully raucous “DEATHCAMP” and the smooth and soulful “F**KING YOUNG/PERFECT” which finds Tyler battling his lyrical themes by vacillating between being serious and nonsensical. Whatever the level of balance displayed, Tyler nonetheless brings his personality in, ushering in his vulgar and raunchy lyricism, to complete the package.

Alas, there are moments where the production operates on opposite sides of the spectrum. The vociferous, nauseating, and unnecessarily loud “CHERRY BOMB” is one of the loudest and most distorted sonic experiences you will ever encounter in this year’s hip hop music. While “THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX)” features some cool “watery” samples along the beginning and finds Tyler’s lyricism sharp and witty. “SMUCKERS” is another strong track in album; featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West, the trio bring forth one of the most self realized moments as Tyler’s lyricism, production, and instrumentation reach a creative and admirable peak.

Yet like all artists, one must grow up and become mature. It’s true that this immaturity and fun-natured attitude is what makes Tyler, hell all of Odd Future, fun and appealing. But as artists on the OFWGKTA start to grow up (Earl), it’s as if Tyler is being left behind, reliving the glory days. The moments where Tyler experiments with better lyrical themes, and Neo soul instrumentation hint at a more straightforward and mature direction, but Tyler resorts back to his usual rhymes and rhythms.

Four albums in for an artist like this, Cherry Bomb isn’t that unusual. The main problem is that the one thing that seems to be holding Tyler back from maturing and trying new styles, is himself. I heard a quote once, and I apologize for not citing him/her correctly. It goes like this: “A childish adult is a child that survived”; perhaps Tyler is a survivor. Perhaps not.

FAV TRACKS: DEATHCAMP, FIND YOUR WINGS, THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX), FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT, SMUCKERS, OKAGA, CA

LEAST FAV TRACK: CHERRY BOMB

Score: (5.7/10)

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WATCH: TYLER, THE CREATOR PERFORM AT COACHELLA 2015

Fresh off of a new app launched and the announcement of a new album, Tyler, The Creator took to the Coachella stage Saturday night to perform songs, some old and some new from his upcoming LP Cherry Bomb, out Monday. Watch the whole performance below which includes Tyler caalling out the VIP section and dissing Kendall Jenner (NSFW: STRONG LANGUAGE).


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TYLER, THE CREATOR ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, OUT REALLY SOON

Tyler, the Creator has announced Cherry Bomb, his third album and the follow-up to 2013’s Wolf.  It’ll be out on Monday, and is currently available for pre-ordering over at iTunes; that’s the artwork above. The announcement arrives alongside the launch of Tyler’s Golf Media app, which can be downloaded now and features original content and music curated by the Odd Future leader.

Tyler, The Creator, along with the album announcement, released two tracks from the album, “Deathcamp” and “Fucking Young/Perfect”. Once pre-ordered, the songs will be downloaded. Complex reports that the the album’s eleventh track features Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Tyler also shared a brightly-lit, goofy video which combines excerpts of “Fucking Young/Perfect” and “Deathcamp”.Watch below.

After playing Coachella, Tyler, the Creator will head out on tour. Find a full list of dates below.

04-11 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-18 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-20 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04-21 Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
04-22 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
04-24 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks at the Landing
04-25 Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
04-26 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore – Jackie Gleason Theater
04-28 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
04-29 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
05-01 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
05-02 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
05-03 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
05-05 Richmond, VA – The National
05-06 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05-08 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
05-09 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
05-10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05-12 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland
05-13 Manchester, England – Academy
05-14 London, England – Roundhouse
05-15 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
05-17 Utrecht, Netherlands – Ronda
05-19 Hamburg, Germany – Mojo
05-20 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
05-21 Berlin, Germany – C-Club
05-23 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkhaus
05-24 Munich, Germany – Theater Fabrik
05-25 Cologne, Germany – Kantine
05-26 Paris, France – Le Trianon
05-28 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
06-07 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
06-10 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
06-12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06-14 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
06-20 St. Louis, Missouri – The Pageant
06-21 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
06-26 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
06-28 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
06-30 Spokane, Washington – Knitting Factory

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TYLER, THE CREATOR ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR

Odd Future member Tyler, the Creator has announced a tour that kicks off in April, as Brooklyn Vegan reports. Fellow Odd Future member Taco will open. Check out the schedule below.

04-06 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
04-11 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-18 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-20 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
04-21 Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
04-22 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
04-24 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks at the Landing
04-25 Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
04-26 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore – Jackie Gleason Theater
04-28 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
04-29 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
05-01 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
05-02 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
05-03 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
05-05 Richmond, VA – The National
05-06 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05-08 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
05-09 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
05-10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05-12 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland
05-13 Manchester, England – Academy
05-14 London, England – Roundhouse
05-15 Bristol, England – O2 Academy
05-17 Utrecht, Netherlands – Ronda
05-19 Hamburg, Germany – Mojo
05-20 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
05-21 Berlin, Germany – C-Club
05-23 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkhaus
05-24 Munich, Germany – Theater Fabrik
05-25 Cologne, Germany – Kantine
05-26 Paris, France – Le Trianon
05-28 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
06-05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
06-07 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
06-10 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
06-12 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06-14 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
06-20 St. Louis, Missouri – The Pageant
06-21 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
06-26 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
06-28 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge

Listen to “Tamale”: