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by The Creator Tyler The Creator Tyler


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Beginning with a serene and grand intro/title track that's slowly F-bombed into oblivion -- and that's both F-bombs, the one that rhymes with "duck," and the one that rhymes with "stag" -- Tyler, The Creator's third solo effort Wolf is a frustrating jumble. On one hand, there are the old and now crusty elements where blogs get skewered, professional music review sites get called out by name, and that homophobic slur is dropped with abandon, something made all the more perplexing when Frank Ocean ("out" and Odd Future/Tyler-associated singer) takes time out from his rise to the top to sing with an old friend. Of course, the N-bomb also flies out the door like it was put on clearance, and while Tyler's great feedback loop (he offers a freak out; people freak out; he freaks out about people freaking out, etc.) doesn't reach its Zen breakthrough on Wolf (it's arguably spiraling downward), this album comes from one reinvigorated provocateur as his vocal delivery is sharp and his punch lines punchier. Then, there's the pre-release talk from the man himself, giving the throwback album an out by declaring it not the end of the Bastard, Goblin trilogy and also not a lyrics album but a production showcase, that latter bit being a return to when Tyler was the wild underground hip-hop crew's behind-the-boards-guy as much as their leader. The two worlds collide on the suite that goes "Partyisntover/Campfire/Bimmer" as parties, cabins, cars, and other teenage hangouts turn into goth hang-ups (draggy synths lie underneath "We could try to dance, but I ain't got no rhythm"), but what's new and "now" is that guest Ocean sounds like the Grammy-man he's become, and an appearance from former Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier just wasn't possible in those early uploading days. "IFHY" is another throwback as an emo kid evolves into a serial killer during the course of a love letter, and yet superstar Pharrell is on the cut, million-dollar crooning over some drippy production that came from Tyler's stickered-up laptop. Later, there's majestic songstress Erykah Badu on the near novelty number "Treehome95" (neo-soul meets Jellystone Park where all pillow talk numbers will be sung by Boo-Boo Bear) while Odd Future crew members Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt land on a number that's Tyler circa 2013, with "Mollys" and whatnot updating their lingo as the music grows into something well-funded and filled with twangy guitars from Tarantinoland. Hearing the old days with major-label money wouldn't be enough, so smart production tricks ("Jamba" is a jittery, cut-up joy and "Awkward" sounds like a teen nightmare on sizzurp), wacky lyrics that grab ("He hates women, but loves kittens" or "Sick and getting bigger like I sneezed on Adele"), and some rock-solid highlights ("Domo23" is an electro karate chop, "Trashwang" is the posse cut on a good trip, while "Cowboy" is an irresistible, sizzurpy singalong) help carry this one. It's a fun album for fanatics, but the willingness to shock feels too comfortable at this point, so those who found it tiresome before will likely find it devastating here.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887654538420
catalogNumber: 545384
Rank: 225


  1. Wolf
  2. Jamba
  3. Cowboy
  4. Awkward
  5. Domo23
  6. Answer
  7. Slater
  8. 48
  9. Colossus
  10. Partyisntover/Campfire/Bimmer
  11. Ifhy
  12. Pigs
  13. Parking Lot
  14. Rusty
  15. Trashwang
  16. Treehome95
  17. Tamale
  18. Lone

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Creator Tyler   Primary Artist
Nas   Interviewee
Colin Boyd   Piano
Sarah Parker   Vocals
Frank Ocean   Vocals
Syd Bennett   Vocals
Tallulah   Vocals
Parys Hall   Vocals
Lionel Boyce   Vocals
Jason Dill   Vocals
Jaslyn Leonti   Vocals
Elijah Hall   Vocals
Sydney Bennett   Vocals

Technical Credits

Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Erykah Badu   Composer
Sterling Winfield   Engineer
Creator Tyler   Producer,Artwork,Interviewer,Layout
Frank Ocean   Composer
Taco Bennett   Composer
Vic Wainstein   Engineer
Tyler Okonma   Composer
Casey Jones   Composer
Phil Toselli   Layout
Thebe Kgositsile   Composer
Na-kel Allah Smith   Composer
MiSta VuhSachee   Composer
Michael Griffin   Composer
Lionel Boyce   Composer
Gerard Long   Composer
Davon Wilson   Composer
Dominique Marquis Cole   Composer

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