Connect with us

Entertainment

Tyler, the Creator Releases ‘Peach Fuzz’ and Tries to Grow up

And right after ‘GELATO.’

Nicole Kitchens

Published

on

I woke up this morning to yet another single by Tyler, the Creator.

In what seems to be a summer of never ending surprise releases by popular artists, “Peach Fuzz,” which is rapped over Prophet’s “I Wanna Be Your Man,” is the latest of a string of singles released by Tyler. Among the other subsequent tracks are “GELATO,” “OKRA,” “Rose Tinted Cheeks,” “ZIPLOC” and “435.”

Yesterday saw the release of “GELATO,” a song that’s basically the personification of the Song of the Summer concept, in which he romantically freestyles about Call Me By Your Name, bisexuality and catching feels, all to the Jaquees song “No Validation.” It should also be worth noting that in this, the Year of Our Lord Timothée Chalamet, “GELATO” is the second time that Tyler has noted the actor’s infamous 2017 movie. “You got me on tippy toes/So who’s Oliver? Who’s Elio?” he asks to the person of question, while on “OKRA” he rapped the line that you’re sure to see on t-shirts and Instagram captions alike, “Tell Tim Chalamet to get at me.”

Tyler’s recent series of releases sees him taking his usual, retro R&B take on rap with his usual quirks; “OKRA” combines soulful piano and strings, but elicits a paralyzing baseline throughout the verses. “435” samples Saint Ettiene’s “4:35 in the Morning” and, according to a tweet from Tyler, “is not an indication of how future things will sound,” although we can only hope he’s joking (per usual). “Rose Tinted Cheeks” is shy and longing. “ZIPLOC” was a questioning ode to the boredom of fame.

Last year’s album, (Scum Fuck) Flower Boy, saw Tyler moving far as possible from his Odd Future-insect eating years, as he took an intimately personal view of himself and his career. The homophobic wrath of past songs turned bleak in comparison to lines like “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004” off of the soul searching track “Garden Shed.” It didn’t even seem like an album from the same dude that had been banned from foreign countries, for shouting obscene (although satirical) lines over seizure inducing beats. He became meditative and introspective, searching for different ways not necessarily to make amends for his past, but to simply explain himself. I mean, isn’t that what being an adult is basically all about?

While it’s still hard to say that Tyler, the Creator has officially “grown up,” it’s clear through these new singles that he’s trying.

And that he really likes Timothée Chalamet.

If you obsess over singers and bands, and are one of those people who make a playlist for every occasion, join CMN’s Music Journalism Course and get real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to music industry insiders, and a great place to display build your portfolio. Get all the details on the Music Journalism Course here.

Nicole Kitchens is a Journalism major at the University of South Carolina. She is an avid music writer and once received an Instagram like from Keith Richards -- she hasn’t stopped talking about it since. To read more of her reviews and features, visit her blog: https://www.theelectricblonde.com/. Also, follow her Hunter-Thompson-esque adventures on Instagram: @nicolekitchens

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Academics2 days ago

38 North Carolina Colleges are Waiving Their Application Fees

North Carolina doesn't sound half bad.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
2018 Midterms2 days ago

Barack Obama Urges Young Americans to Head to the Polls This November

There's no good excuse not to vote.

by , U. Alabama Birmingham
Business3 days ago

Microsoft Co-Founder and Seattle Area Sports Owner Paul Allen Dead at 65 From Cancer

The technology giant passed away after his cancer returned.

by , The Catholic American University
In the Hot Seat4 days ago

Judge Tosses Stormy Daniels Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump

This dismissal may not be the end, according to Daniels' attorney.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
2018 Midterms2 weeks ago

Bernie Sanders Literally Saved Someone from a Possible Car Accident in Washington, D.C.

Bernie Sanders helps a young musician and law student from a possible car accident.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

Analysis: the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearing

The Ford-Kavanaugh hearing was in full force with a tearful testimony from both parties.

by , Mercy College
Free Speech2 weeks ago

Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski Amongst Many Arrested at Capitol Hill ‘No Kavanaugh’ Protest

The final vote on Kavanaugh could come as early as this weekend, and these women are not backing down.

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
National News2 weeks ago

Confusion At Skatepark Leads to Arrests

Distrust with Law Enforcement creates a worse situation

by , Fisher College

Top Reads