Long gone are the days of lyrics reminiscent of “Opening a church to sell coke and Led Zepplin, and fuck Mary in her ass…”
It’s been 8 years since Tyler, The Creator first received major recognition for his debut album Bastard. The album appealed to millions of angsty frustrated teens such as myself, a fandom that placed the Odd Future collective on a pedestal with the same ferocity as Beliebers quickly assembled.
‘Bastard’ shocked many with its brutally vivid lyrics ranging from murder to rape, no topic was too morbid for them to touch. The general consensus within Odd Future has been a detachment of meaning and emotions to words. In interviews when asked about using homophobic slurs in his music, Tyler, the Creator would respond by explaining there was no discriminative malice behind his use of the words, he simply saw it as a way to offend people.
Something about that struck a chord with me as an out and proud young gay guy. Syd, tha Kyd was always a prominent member of the group, and quite clearly a lesbian. Most of the elder generation couldn’t understand this quite literal act of the meaning sticks and stones might break my bones. Tyler, the Creator was subsequently barred from entering the UK by Theresa May and the Home Office in 2015. Fans protested the ban arguing these lyrics were an outdated side of his artistry which is undeniable.
With every album Tyler, the Creator has released since his debut the artist has taken another step in maturing his music and his character. His new album ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’ shows a more intimate side of the musician. The album doesn’t resemble Bastard in any way, it’s another step in the evolution of his music. Throughout the album Tyler, The Creator’s flow is smooth and calm. While featuring a strong variety of features including Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County, Kali Uchis, Lil Wayne and A$AP Rocky.
Garden Shed is the song generating a huge amount of buzz across the internet right now, mainly because it sounds a lot like Tyler, the Creator is coming out. The song features vocals from R&B legend Estelle, while two sets of lyrics in particular hint at the artist re-evaluating his sexuality.
Many fans are interpreting Garden Shed to be a metaphorical closet. “Garden shed, garden shed, garden shed, garden shed. For the garden, That is what I was hiding. That is what love I was in, Ain’t no reason to pretend.” Several lyrics later he raps “Truth is, since you kid, I thought it was a phase. Thought it would be like the Frank poof, gone. But, it’s still going on.”
On the ninth track of the album “I Ain’t Got Time!” the artist raps “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.” Albeit, many fans are assuming this is bait. Tyler, The Creator has long been known to poke fun at his own sexuality, a tweet from 2015 that has been thrust back into the limelight shows Tyler, the Creator “attempting to come out.”
I TRIED TO COME OUT THE DAMN CLOSET LIKE FOUR DAYS AGO AND NO ONE CARED HAHAHHAHAHA
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) April 13, 2015
Whatever the outcome it’s cool to see an adolescent idol of mine blooming as an artist and who knows, I can totally foresee Tyler, The Creator performing at gay pride when his ban gets lifted.
Update: Since the official release of his album, Tyler has cleared up some miscommunication about one lyric in particular on his track ‘Garden Shed.’
and its ” thought it’d be like the phrase ‘poof’; gone” get the lyrics right before going crazy
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 21, 2017