OFWGKTA, The Future of west coast rap: Tyler The Creator - Yonkers

Posted 2/21/2011 by 8Track Honey in Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Tyler "The Creator" of  OFWGKTA , the "Golf Wang" west coast skateboarding crew is pushing forth  odd.future culture along with some awesome music and blogging to match.

Yonkers from Tylers upcoming album entitled Goblin is enough to make Lil Wayne and his "a milli" Young Money troupe of clowns actually sit down a write something mainstream that could possibly stand up with the greats, the hip hop narrators and poets, the rappers instead of the entertainers. An obvious artist, Tylers' word play and delivery are unlike anything that I have ever seen in West coast hip-hop. He's not rapping solely about weed and California girls, he's posing thoughts about masculinity, consciousness and absentee fathers.

An image that the youth is currently attracted to...dark, uninhibited, and strong enough to shock the lovers of indie-turned-commercial innovators such as B.o.B and Bruno Mars who had to change up their sound and style to adapt to mainstream music, art like this takes me back to a few questions I've posed on Art Star in the past.

Can you sell art without "selling out"?

I was watching a clip on T.V. One where Cathy Hughes (Founder of TV & Radio One) interviewed comedian Martin Lawrence and inquired on why producers always place black male actors in dresses, Many believe this is conspiracy to feminize black men in the media, something I don't believe is necessarily true as male comedians of all ethnicities have portrayed the opposite sex at some point in their careers, He responded with this: If they saw those fat checks I get for wearing a dress they wouldn't have nothin to say. 

Would you "sell out" for a few bucks? Trade your dignity and values in for mere...stuff? What happens when public figures such as artists, journalists, and politicians start taking checks as opposed to informing and being the voice of the people? We are in a time where individuals are stepping up to be heard, voicing their opinions and fighting for their rights.

What happens when that voice is silenced, when people stop saying things that are worth knowing?

I heard Yonkers when it first came out and debated on whether I should publish it because of Tylers negative lyrics about Jesus and his obvious need to point out that he's an atheist (What is the point of constantly commenting on what you don't believe in?), over a million views (and 10 replays) later and its apparent that although "Tyler had to hang himself to get a million views" and his delivery is a bit atypical, people are now listening and I'm excited to hear what else he's got to say.

"I'm an over achiever, so how 'bout I start a team of leaders
And pick up Stevie Wonder to be the wide receiver
Green paper, gold teeth and pregnant gold retrievers
All I want, fuck money, diamonds and bitches, don't need 'em
But where the fat ones at? I got somethin' to feed 'em
In some cookin' books, the black kids never wanted to read 'em"...

8<3Track Honey

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