Over the past decade, Tyler, The Creator has evolved into one of the most surprising and creative multi-hyphenates in music. In addition to creating music for the official Grinch soundtrack, producing for television, designing clothes and shoes and running his own music festival, he’s leveled up as a musician. The days of eating cockroaches and sprawying controversial langauge have matured into thoughtful melodies and bars about love and aging over cascading keys.
This growth has resulted in progressively better albums as well. His most recent offering, 2017’s Flower Boy, was his most well rounded project to date, capturing a variety of moods, from ballads (“911”) to turn-ups (“Who Dat Boy”). He was able to articulate his dealings with fame, fortune, love, loss, the constant speculation on his sexuality and wrap it up into a very digestible and highly listenable 45 minutes.
He’s released a few loosies since then, but it wasn’t until this past week that he announced his fifth studio album IGOR would be released this Friday (May 17). Although Tyler puts a lot of his life on the forefront with a plethora of silly antics and outlandish tweets, there are still some questions surrounding the anticipated album. It’s been two years since Tyler has put his wild life on wax and while his catalog is stronger than most, there are still a few desires fans are looking to see come to fruition.