Monday, April 13, 2015

Kanye, Lil Wayne, Schoolboy Q & Pharrell Show Up on Tyler, The Creator's New Album

Surprise! Someone dropped a new album ahead of its original release day.

Actually surprising, though, is how unexpected this entire release sounds. Produced entirely himself, Tyler, The Creator dropped Cherry Bomb digitally last night (physical copies arrive April 28) - and after only a few listens, it's not hard to hear that it's his most dynamic release yet. I won't call it accessible - it's still gritty, growly and oddly experimental - but the N.E.R.D.-sounding samples and beats make the overall sonics are lighter and jazzier than his previous three albums.

Although not a collaboration-heavy album, the Odd Future member did score some seriously high-profile cameos. Both Kanye West and Lil Wayne show up on "Smuckers," Schoolboy Q lends himself to "The Brownstains" and his idol, Pharrell, contributes to "Keep Da O's."

Although dark and tough for a lot of people to stomach, I've always loved the Tyler and respected his quirky, formidable presence in the rap game. He blatantly - often, hilariously - rejects the mainstream radio-rap game, and for that, I'll always come back to hear what he has to offer.

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