CHERRY BOMB: 52%
FLOWER BOY: 97%
Note: This was written after the release of Flower Boy.
In my original, pre-Flower Boy reflection on Tyler’s discography, I mentioned that his growth as a producer was really impressive, and that I was hoping for him to go back to his original style of telling interesting stories with his albums. I think Flower Boy takes everything I’ve ever liked about Tyler and pushes it to the forefront. The concept of Flower Boy doesn’t contain a blatant narrative like his first three albums did, but the way he illustrated the spiraling descent of depression was ingenious. I was already impressed by the rate at which Tyler was developing his production skills, but I never thought he’d singlehandedly construct an album like Flower Boy. That album definitely affected my ranking of him positively in my list of favorite producers. He still hasn’t quite made it back to the list of my 10 favorite rappers, but if he continues releasing music on the same level as Flower Boy, he’ll be there in no time.
Favorite Song: Nightmare
Least Favorite Song: Cherry Bomb