I’m starting to get really excited over this young prominent talented rapper called Tyler, the Creator– honest to God the boy is ahead of his time: 20 years old and setting things straight with his rapid tongue. He’s really got that proper progressive swagger about him – the dude is electric godammit. His lyrics are so witty, raw and honest. At times, he’s got those crazy eyes and comes off as precocious- possessing a mind and vocabulary of a 50-year old. Yonkers is stuck on replay and the lyrics unveil the voices inside Tyler’s head and speak of Tyler’s alter ego; Wolf Haley. Talking back and forth about popping pills and receiving phone calls from Jesus:
”Jesus called, he said he’s sick of the disses, I told him to quit bitching, this isn’t a fucking hotline”
Some kinda jibberish, manifesting his private fucked-up inferno actually. It’s got that typical Dr. Jekyll-&-Mr-Hyde-twist to it, spitting his truth and fighting his demons. So, either he’s nuts or a genius, or maybe he’s just a roofless kid? The self-directed, ironically, black-and-white video for Yonkers shows a destructive portrayal of the rapper eating a cockroach, vomiting, acting nuts (again with the crazy eyes) and simulating a suicide.
The video is currently nominated for Best New Artist and Video of the Year at the MTV Music Video Awards (Aug 28th) …so bring it kid, I’ll keep my fingers crossed….