Tyler, The Creator’s New Album ‘Flower Boy’ Is an Honest Display of Carefree Black Boyhood

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Odd Future ringleader Tyler, The Creator is known for being the weird rap connoisseur, and since his youngest moves, he’s been the bold and brash voice that shaped a generation’s colorful rap underground. Tyler is multifaceted and has never been one to back down. He’s acted on his many interests that span above and beyond rap: as of late, his recent TV show with Vice, “Nut + Bolts,” his many Adult Swim collaborations, his vibrant fashion and shoe label, Golf Wang, and the annual festival that brings it all together, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.

We finally get to experience fourth studio album Flower Boyhis most stripped-down and accomplished project yet. Written and produced fully by the Odd Future leader, Flower Boy is a gorgeously hand crafted experience, featuring seamlessly flowing yet uniquely standalone track, each painting a magical picture that elevates rap into an art piece on all sides. In it, Tyler speaks up. He includes in his space quintessential Tyler topics like nostalgia, nihilism and blackness, while adding in growing pains, queerness and sexuality. The album has no interlude, so it relies on each cut to tell a wider story: one filled with floral fields and everlasting sunsets, deep-cut honesty and all the pains and positivity that come with being a black boy, carefree and all.

“Tell these black kids they can be who they are.”

Star-studded in all the right places, Flower Boy features some of Odd Future’s talented member and friends like Taco, Steve Lacy, Kali Uchis, and Frank Ocean, and he inlists some of the industry’s most unique voices: Pharrell, Jaden Smith, Estelle, Lil Wayne, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Tyler’s newest and closest collaborator, A$AP Rocky.

Tyler doesn’t hold back on Flower Boy. He ain’t got time! Stand out tracks include already released singles “Who Dat Boy” featuring A$AP Rocky and “911/Mr. Lonely,” featuring Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean, along with more ethereal tracks like the deeply personal “Garden Shed” featuring Estelle and “November,” featuring journalistic snippets of young people recounting their fondest November memories. The album is now available on all streaming platforms. Listen to the journey of self-discover in Flower Boy below.

 

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