By: Natty Morrison
Goddamit, it’s great to have Odd Future’s leader back. Not that the rest of the nihilist, fuck-everything-and-everyone, futurist weirdo clan haven’t been hard at work making hip-hop and R&B safe for artsy-fartsy types (see: Earl Sweatshirt, The Internet, Mellowhype, Domo Genesis, that one bisexual dude who sings about Pyramids), but Tyler’s quick-tongued guttural growl has been oddly absent over the past few months. So imagine my gleeful surprise when last Thursday night, seemingly from out of nowhere, Tyler dropped “Domo 23,” presumably the new single from his upcoming solo cut Wolf. This album has to be one of my most anticipated records of 2013, as it is rumored to be the third installment of his “Dr. TC sessions,” to which we were introduced on the brilliant intro to Bastard. Tyler has said that this album will be more beat-centered and features less rapping than his previous solo efforts, even containing numerous instrumentals he’s been perfecting since age 15. This gets me even MORE giddy, because the instrumental tune AU79, on 2011’s Goblin, along with the psychedelic “Gotta let them go,” section to Goblin’s “Radicals” were two of my favorite moments from that sophomore LP.
ANYWAY…back to the video. Tyler’s oft-hilarious Twitter showcased his anxiety and excitement over posting the new video, saying things like
@FUCKTYLER 20 MINUTES TILL I DROP SHITTY NEW VIDEO
@FUCKTYLER IM SO NERVOUS WHAT IF EVERYONE HATE IT AND I GO BROKE FUCK AHHHH
@FUCKTYLER YOU ALL ARE GONNA HATE IT. SERIOUSLY. ITS NOT GOOD. 3 MORE MINUTES!!!!!!
My thoughts? Dude has nothing to worry about, this tune is motherfucking solid. The video makes me laugh (his hair is incredible; Taco’s slow motion faces are also incredible; EVERYTHING IS INCREDIBLE), and his rhymes sound far less self-conscious than they tended to veer on Goblin. But the truly realest moment (TRILL, Y’ALL) comes during the abrupt change at 3:37. One can only hope this diabetes-grade sweetness continues throughout the album.