"It kind of all led up to this."
Tyler, The Creator's evolution is the stuff of legends. From shock raps to coming out raps, to IGOR, a heartbreaking album created in the most chaotic of soundscapes, Tyler has always privileged growth.
In a new interview with Zane Lowe, the now veteran rapper broke down his development from Bastard to IGOR:
"It kind of all led up to this. It's so interesting too, a lot of people were like, 'Oh, the early stuff sounds so different from the new stuff,' but I think it's just balance. If it was like a breakfast platter with bacon and pancakes and eggs, and at first the plate I was giving people had a lot of eggs, but now this time it doesn't have much, and it's more pancakes and bacon or whatever. I think it's a through line through stuff from Bastard up until IGOR."
Tyler, The Creator is a new man, and IGOR is a triumph in that respect. Whether or not you're vibing with the new record, Tyler must be commended for never being afraid of change.