Tyler, The Creator
Wednesday, March 20
Say what you will about Tyler, The Creator, but he never meant to be a role model. The Odd Future star, real name Tyler Okonma, is barely old enough to legally drink, but when you hear his voice on his 2011 record Goblin, he sounds like he’s been through war, a jaded old man with a deep, raspy voice, rapping about the absence of his father and how much, he’s, like, not homophobic, despite what his critics say. He manages to sling mud at a variety of different groups, religious and otherwise, in the first track of Goblin alone. Combine that with his occasional references to rape and murder, and it seems as if his lyrical content clashes with his cartoonish personality creating an aura of conflicting tones that has obviously appealed to his fan base. His hip hop collective, Odd Future, which includes Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Mike G, and more, have come to define alternative hip hop in the second decade of the new millennium. With his next record, Wolf, slated for release on April 2nd, and a new sketch comedy show, Loiter Squad—featuring members of his Odd Future crew and Blake Anderson from Workaholics—Okonma has a lot on his plate, which means a lot of new material for his fans when he makes a stop at the Town Ballroom on Wednesday (March 20) as part of his first ever solo tour.
– cory perla
7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / townballroom.com) $25