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Tyler, The Creator – The Devil in a White Tee

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Goblin is everything you wouldn’t expect from some skater punk misguided youth brought up by his single mother in the suburban streets of California’s middle- to lower-class. It’s everything that Tyler feels, everything he thinks, but more importantly, everything he wants you to think as he personally escorts you through his autobiographical, spoken word, journal entries loaded with sinister remarks and an evident underlying theme of hate, violence and mental instability. Goblin is mature beyond its years, honest, intimate, dark, twisted, personal and very, very confronting. A 75-minute emotionally draining journey told in a very original third person narrative style. It’s everything that the narrow-minded-teenage-anarchist-punk-high-school version of me would hate because there isn’t a drum fill or guitar riff anywhere. But that’s why I used to sit at home every Saturday night jerking off to the underwear section in old Myer catalogues and now I’m hanging out with my homeboys at Tyler’s underground rap battles, seducing drunk white chicks in abandoned warehouse car-parks.

You don’t have to know what he looks like. You don’t have to like him. Heck man, you don’t even have to listen to his music. But just remember one thing, the kid’s name. So when the revolution does come (and it will), you can just sit back and pretend you knew what was happening the entire time.

“All you fucking lames don’t have to like me, the devil doesn’t wear Prada, I’m clearly in a fucking white tee” (Tyler, The Creator – Goblin, 2011)

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8 Responses to Tyler, The Creator – The Devil in a White Tee

  1. Everett True September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    After reading Ben’s words on this album, I decided to give it another listen.

    Two thoughts immediately spring to mind.
    1. that stuff whining about how yr daddy didn’t love you gets awful tired awful fast

    and

    2. I can’t help but be reminded of Frank Sidebottom’s seminal 13:9:88 album.

  2. Darragh September 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Christianity is with you Ben!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christians-Against-Odd-Future/129827817095766

  3. Erika September 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    He’s not *even* the devil.

    Would the devil be so mundane as to tweet every time he takes a shit? A fart, even.

    Tyler: Oh I just farted!
    Hipsters: Oh how profound!

    The dude is 20 years old. TWENTY FUCKING YEARS OLD. The only people he should be impressing should be kids 5 years younger than him… and the people who’s pockets he’s lining. The money guys might be the devil, but Tyler’s not the devil. At best, he’s devil’s kibble. Devil’s gravy train.

    This is all so obviously a put-on act pushing all the right buttons paired w/ branding and internet marketing strategy. WTF? I never thought the revolution would be so transparent and boring.

    Nice work, Satan.

  4. Joseph Kyle September 15, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    No one forces an artist to do that. So he’s the Devil’s intern, a willing participant.

  5. Erika September 16, 2011 at 12:02 am

    No one forces an artist to do what? Tweet about his farts?

  6. Joseph Kyle September 16, 2011 at 12:57 am

    To sign with the devil…

  7. Erika September 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I don’t feel sorry for Tyler or anything. I don’t feel afraid of him, because he’s fronting and real evil tends to hide. Nor do I feel inclined to sit in judgement of any artist who was poor and hungry this time last year and has managed to turn it all around. That would be stupid. His story is the American dream and this is what inspires other hurt and hungry youngsters — the subtext maybe they too can have this kind of “success story.” But it’s all a lie, really. The one in a million shot. And now you’re rich. Now what? He says he’ll probably be into heroin at age 24 and dead by 40. This “news” is reported on a zillion websites. “Oh the shock! Oh the horror!” Maybe he’s feeling upstaged by this whole _Nevermind_ anniversary. I think he says and does some insightful things that people don’t get, then he goes out of his way to shock people. They lap it up, or they get furious… why should he use heroin? He _is_ heroin.

  8. Tamsin Chapman September 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

    “now I’m hanging out with my homeboys at Tyler’s underground rap battles, seducing drunk white chicks in abandoned warehouse car-parks”.

    Sounds like we need some evolution before we can have any kind of revolution.

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