The Score: Tyler The Creator, "Goblin"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:15PM

Written by J. Bachelor

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Odd Future frontman Tyler the Creator once again offers listeners a dose of the dark side as his second studio release, Goblin, lands in stores today.

The release of Goblin comes amidst a bidding war for Tyler and his bandmates, who have quickly developed a cult-like following.

Tyler, the Creator, is the leader of the Los Angeles-based underground hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, a sometime solo artist and, at 20 going on 8, rap's current Boy King. He has just released his scenery-chewing second disc, the entirely horrifying and occasionally artful "Goblin," after many months of mix tapes and self-releases. Those releases positioned Tyler as the Travis Bickle of rap, a vitriolic, hyper-violent, roiling bucket of hyperbole and teenage id whose fondness for rapping about murder, rape and all-purpose pillaging makes Slim Shady look like a Jonas brother (The Washington Post)

Goblin never strays far from home, as the Odd Future gang offer the album's sole guest appearances.

Less impressive to me, is the mediocre "B*tch Suck Dick" featuring Jasper & Taco, which is clearly overshadowed by the beautifully produced "Window", a supposed intervention for Tyler, put together by his therapist and features Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats and Mike G. "Golden" is an honest account of the Creator's life and emotional conflicts, preceded by the pulsating instrumental, "AU79", the closest thing you'll get to a break on the whole album. The deluxe version of Goblin features three bonus tracks: "Burger" featuring Hodgy Beats, the instrumental, "Untitled 63" and "Steak Sauce", all worth the extra $2.00.(24 Hour Hip Hop)

The Creator served double-duty on Goblin, producing 14 of the album's 15-track playlist.

Production is exceptional and interchanges at numerous stages. From haunting drones which accompany 'Transylvania' to more tranquil offerings such as 'Fish," Tyler behind the boards is equally as good as his rhyming. For all the anarchy and rebellion which Goblin conjures up, there are a handful of less extreme tracks which highlight OFWGTA as more than a shock-and-awe supergroup. OF affiliate and breakout star Frank Ocean serenades the chilled 'She' which will appease the many followers of the vocal sensation and even Tyler taps into his more emotional state when retelling the bittersweet story of lost 'love' on 'Her.' (Soul Culture)

In March, Grammy-winning rapper/producer Kanye West saluted to the music video "Yonkers", the album's lead single.

Odd Future may have popped up on hip-hop's radar seemingly out of nowhere, but the L.A.-based hip-hop collective has been making a name for themselves for quite some time. A recent visit to 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' where they performed 'Sandwitches,' put them on mainstream's map as well as garnered them a bunch of new fans, one being Kanye West. Kanye, known for his Twitter rants, took to the social networking site on Wednesday (Feb. 23) to tweet about Odd Future member Tyler the Creator's video for his track 'Yonkers,' dubbing it "the video of 2011." (The Boom Box)

Although Goblin is an attention-marauding LP, critics wondered if the current underground king will be able to tame his inner demons enough to attract a larger following.

As the album winds down, the Goblin melts down. He guns down his accomplices, blankly apologizes and then collapses ("Window"). On "Golden," his alter-ego therapist wrestles him into a straitjacket. After sowing all that havoc, he ends his first major album like a savvy soap-opera scriptwriter: with a cliffhanger. Goblin discovers he has a conscience, after all. But will he listen to it? (Chicago Tribune)
Although the album will no doubt polarize listeners, it also effortlessly appeases those who have already made up their mind about Tyler the Creator and Odd Future at large. The material is as disturbing as detractors might expect, and then some, while Tyler's snappy lexicon and accomplished musicianship will only further nourish the hype surrounding him. Goblin could well be one of the decade's most significant releases: On one hand, it endorses wanton violence and cavalierly advocates rape with such feverish enthusiasm that there will surely be a furious backlash from the general public, while on the other, it acts as the apogee of a genuinely wonderful success story that breathes independence back into grass-roots hip-hop. However history decides to assess it, there's no denying that this cocktail of self-loathing hysteria and bilious vitriol will get chins wagging and fingers pointing. Queerly irresistible in the same way one idly stares at road kill, Goblin is a masterpiece for those capable of stomaching it. (Slant Magazine)

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