So just about everyone (who's opinion I respect) thinks that Tyler the Creator of Odd Future is just an asshole, and there is nothing respectable about him. I, however am having difficulty being so quick to come to that same conclusion. I think that Tyler actually has every intent of being depicted and viewed as a total douche bag, but I also believe he is really smart, and all of his bullshit feels like a prelude to something much deeper. For example he continually uses the word "faggot". In interviews Tyler is unapologetic as he admits to the use of the word, and doesn't seem to have any intention of stopping. At the same time, when his fellow group member, and good friend Frank Ocean "came out" to the public, he was one of the first people to publicly express his support. I do realize that being a supportive friend to a gay man does not make it ok to be disrespectful towards the LGBQT community, but in this particular case, I am wondering if Tyler's use of the word 'faggot' is actually satirical, and apart of a much bigger statement. Maybe I'm giving this 22 year old MC way too much credit, and to be honest I've become a little obsessed with trying to understand him. What exactly is Tyler the Creator's agenda? Does he even have an agenda or is he just completely insane?
Earlier this week in an interview at the youtube awards, Tyler completely trashed youtube. It was slightly reminiscent of Fiona Apple's notorious rant at the 1997 VMAs. The difference however, was that unlike Fiona, Tyler seemed to be very clear and in control of his statement, a statement that was relatively credible, and unlike Fiona, we all know that youtube will not be receiving a public apology from Tyler. Furthermore, Tyler was not drunk, because he doesn't drink, smoke or do any drugs.
Last month as Tyler was being interviewed by Ron Howard during the Made in America concert, he went off on how there were so many "niggers" in the crowd (yes 'ers' not 'az'), and how it was scary. He was obviously being facetious, and his point was probably the fact that most of these large outdoor concerts primarily book white artists, instead of black artists due to the fear of drawing a very large black crowd. It also seemed that Tyler was trying to make Ron Howard completely uncomfortable, which was not cool but a friend did point out to me recently that Ron Howard has never had a strong black role or lead in any of his films.
To be honest, I don't like Tyler the Creator or Oddfuture's music (except for Frank Ocean), but Tyler does have my attention, and I can't say the same for any other 22 year old artist. I suppose it would be easier to believe that he is just another bad influence, but I think that is exactly what he expects us to believe. So I suppose time will tell whether or not Tyler actually has something substantial to contribute to this world, or is he just wasting our time with his rants and anti-politically correct slurs.
Here is his interview about the Youtube awards.