Tyler, The Creator is a musician who is sadly known by most in connection with homophobia, rape, misogyny and/or being the cause of riots. To me and the rest of his fans, he’s a forward thinking individual who has built an enterprise consisting of a clothing label, music collective and three solo albums before hitting his mid-twenties.
Never afraid of experimentation, Tyler has recently collaborated with Mark Ryden on his charity concept album The Gay Nineties – Olde Tyme Music and brought us a haunting rendition of ‘Daisy Bell’ in the process. It screams Tyler; the song is a hypnotic arrangement containing sprinklings of xylophone, an abundance of horns and a strong hip hop beat. I find the song’s experimentation with its source material inspiring and love Tyler’s ability to imbue anything he touches with sinister undertones. The video that accompanies it, created by Ryden, helps add to this feeling, the viewer always in sight of ever-watching eyes.
Tyler recently claimed in an interview with the Huffington Post that he’s a lot smarter than people think, that the wacky persona he’s known for is not representative of his intelligence. I believe that its tracks such as this that showcase that.