Live Review: Tyler, The Creator

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Tyler, the Creator is not an artist you can easily categorize into a specific genre. The self-proclaimed “walking paradox” is mostly known for his racy lyrics, hipster following and overall energetic shows. This performance at the Sound Academy was no exception to the rule, for the most part.

Crashing onto the stage after a brief, yet exciting DJ set by fellow Odd Future member Taco, Tyler krumped into the vision of an already roaring audience. From there, the energy of the crowd hit multiple crossroads between dormant and all out pandemonium. More often than not, an Odd Future show consists of intense mosh pits and non-stop crowd surfing, but for the first half of this concert they were few and far between. The observers didn’t seem bored so much as they did cold throughout parts of the show, especially to more emotional and slow tunes such as “Answer” and “IFHY”.

However, as soon as the bass from “Jamba” rumbled throughout the stadium, the whole demeanor of the audience changed from non-partial into hysteria, especially when Tyler performed Hodgy Beats’ verse of the song live for the first time on the tour. He quickly followed this up by playing an onslaught of popular, energetic tunes such as “Trashwang”, “Tron Cat”, “Bitch Sucks Dick”, and “Sandwiches”, which was met by the drawn-out and increasingly loud chants of “Wolfgang” from the audience.

This surge in excitement cumulated into two things: the explosion of the crowd upon hearing the introduction of  “Yonkers”, the single that launched the once underground rapper into the mainstream, and the final notes of the night played by Tyler, Taco, and Wolfgang faithful favorite, Jasper.

“I want you all to stand there, just like you’re doing now, and just look at me like I’m stupid,” was stated in a dead-serious tone, just before the final song. “And then, when that white b*tch starts screaming, I want you all to wild the f**k out.” And as requested, once the course of “Tamale”, a clear favorite off of his latest album, was reached, the concert hall erupted into a euphoric frenzy.

Despite a few lulls, the crowd stirring at the omission of “Radicals”, and the length of the show (it only ran for a little over an hour), the overall environment and performance was more than enjoyable to most and more than enough for others.

Whatever opinion you’ve formed of Wolf Haley, Thurnis Haley, Sam, or whatever pseudo-psycho alter-ego name of his you wish to call him by, Tyler, The Creator is one of the most creative and complex figures in the music industry. Very few competing artists can claim to have the cult following and excitability that is now commonplace within any Tyler, or Odd Future concert. His three albums, Bastard, Goblin, and most recently, Wolf, have cumulated into a trilogy the likes of which has never been tried previously, and continues to intrigue fans and critics alike presently.

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