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‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’ Is The Tyler, The Creator Album For Tyler, The Creator Haters

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By: Alex Marcheschi

I’ve tried to be a Tyler, The Creator fan for years now. I’ve always thought he was the most unique person in the music industry, but I simply could never get into his music. It was way too aggressive for me and rarely pleasing to listen to. Before this latest album, ‘Scum Fuck Flower Boy’ (SFFB), my favorite song of his was ‘SMUCKERS’ with Kanye and Lil Wayne.

Now, that song is my fifth favorite song of his. SFFB is the type of album you can play all the way through on a solo road trip, and although you may have a few emotional breakdowns on the journey, you’ll emerge from it as a better person.

Most of the media is writing about how Tyler came out on the album, but that shouldn’t be the narrative. This is by far his best project, and on top of that he wrote and produced the entire thing. After one listen, it’s immediately clear that he poured his heart into this one, there’s something about raw honestly that sneaks through the headphones and latches on to your soul.

As someone who can easily relate to taking drives to relieve stress, struggling with boredom and being confused by the desire to constantly be creating, this album felt like someone turned the cookies on in my subconscious. Frank Ocean samples and thoughtfully crafted ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’-but-more-radiant sounds litter the SFFB like audio confetti.

Tyler’s signature dark humor and wordplay take the form of shocking honesty in this one, and you end up relating to feelings you didn’t even know you had. Anyone who’s ever felt like they’re running in place can relate to the album’s first song, ‘Foreword’, which proclaims:

How many cars can I buy ’til I run out of drive?
How much drive can I have ’til I run out of road?
How much road can they pave ’til they run out of land?
How much land can there be until I run in the ocean?
You n****s go with the motions and all the plans
Sea I was never into the beaches and all the sands

‘Boredom’, which was released about 10 days before the album came out, is a ballad. The chorus is so simple, yet so impactful:

[Hook: Rex Orange County]
Find some time
Find some time to do something
Find some time
Find some time to do something
Find some time
Find some time to do something
Ohh-whoa

[Verse 1: Rex Orange County & Anna of the North]
Boredom got a new best friend
(Boredom, boredom, best friend)
Cause boredom got a new best friend (oh, oh, oh)
Boredom got a new best friend
Na-na-na, na-na-na, oh-na-na-na
Oh oh oh

It’s such a unique sound that simply can’t be found in any other hip hop artist’s music:

And seeing Tyler play it on the piano just makes it even that much more impressive:

The song is about how boredom can be a double edged sword as it sometimes leads to creativity, but other times can lead to anxiety. Like I said, the album can be listened to from front to back with no reason to skip, but my personal favorite streak of songs occurs at the end of the album.

The last five tracks: ‘911 / Mr. Lonely’, ‘Droppin’ Seeds’, ‘November’, ‘Glitter’ and ‘Enjoy Right Now, Today’ play together as if they’re one giant song. It’s an emotional ride that features calls of distress, fear of needing to call 9-1-1, a signature Lil Wayne verse that features an NWA reference, an interesting take on the word “November” and some truly soothing sounds.

Tyler speaks from the heart, and spits his best verse on the album, in ‘911/Mr. Lonely’, saying:

They say the loudest in the room is weak
That’s what they assume, but I disagree
I say the loudest in the room
Is prolly the loneliest one in the room (that’s me)
Attention seeker, public speaker
Oh my God, that boy there is so fuckin’ lonely
Writin’ songs about these people
Who do not exist, he’s such a fuckin’ phony

One thing I know, is that I wanna
Win so bad, but I’m not Chicago

Heart is low, it’s real low, it’s so low
You can’t lift me up, I’m like Gallardo
From the start it’s been real dark
It’s been so dark, I guess that you could call me charbroiled, huh
I’m playin’ like Hasbro
I’m really Saari, call me Arto

Crashed the McLaren, bought me a Tesla
I know you sick of me talkin’ ’bout cars (skrrt)
But what the fuck else do you want from me?
That is the only thing keepin’ me company
Purchase some things until I’m annoyed
These items is fillin’ the void
Been fillin’ it for so long
I don’t even know if it’s shit I enjoy (ohh)

Current battle as an adult
My partner is a shadow
I need love, do you got some I could borrow?
Fuck it, I could find some tomorrow
But that never comes
Like a vasectomy, what have I done?

I got the talent, the face and the funds
Found myself long ago but I haven’t found someone (who)
Mirror, mirror on the wall (who)
The loneliest of them all (me)

Cupid actin’ stupid
Do you got another number I could call?

Never had a pet
I’ve never had a pet
There’s more fish in the sea
But I never had a goldfish to begin with

I never had a dog
So I’ve never been good with bitches
‘Cause I never threw a ball, fetch
I never had a pet, that’s where it stems from, I bet

Treat me like direct deposit
Check in on me sometime

Ask me how I’m really doin’
So I never have to press that 911

If you considered yourself to be a Tyler hater before this album, just give it one chance and I promise your opinion of him will change for the better. SFFB is the Tyler, The Creator equivalent of Kendrick’s ‘DAMN.’

By that, I mean he found a way to make honest lyrics sound extremely pleasing to the ear. That’s the mark of a true musical dynamo. Although he’s been around for years now, with SFFB, Tyler has officially arrived as one of the most talented living minds in music.

 

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