Odd Future star Tyler, The Creator releases new music video, announces release date for new album ‘Wolf’ and reveals tour details for the US and Europe, writes Buster Stonham.
Whether you’re a fan of Tyler, The Creator or are put off by the extreme nature of his lyrics, one thing everyone can agree on is that the world would be a more boring place without him and his hip-hop posse Odd Future. The West Coast rapper’s taste for the comically bizarre comes out once again in the video for new single ‘Domo 23’, taken from his forthcoming album Wolf due for release on the 2nd of April.
The video features Tyler as a bombastic, blonde dredlocked wrestler who takes on fellow Odd Future star Domo Genesis as the underdog and eventually comes out on top. Other Odd Future members can be seen in the crowd, and there’s even a cameo for Earl Sweatshirt as the fight’s referee.
The video, with it’s slapstick comedy and home-made feel is typical of Tyler’s style, and the track itself is no different, the lyrics and production are very much in the same vein as his 2011 breakthrough album Goblin. Tyler’s lyrics have always been his most controversial feature, and it’s clear that in ‘Domo 23’ he’s pulling no punches, as he simultaneously attacks his critics in typical “fuck you” style whilst giving them new fodder to get uptight about.
The track deals with Tyler’s meteoric rise and the accompanying media controversy storm with some tongue-in-cheek nonchalance; Tyler hilariously joking about smoking weed with Justin Beiber, whom he met last year, and the two of them buying weapons to kill One Direction being an obvious highlight. The last minute of the video previews another track from Wolf, ‘Bimmer’. Featuring beautiful vocals from Frank Ocean it’s an altogether more laid back, innocent affair, with a dreamy Californian summer style video to match, it’s reminiscent of the more heartfelt tracks from Goblin, like ‘She’ and ‘Her’ and has the potential to be Wolf’s standout track if this teaser is anything to go by.
The release of this video was accompanied by the announcement of the release date for Wolf on the 2nd of April, along with the album’s strange choice of artwork (see below), and a tour for Tyler of the US and Europe, which includes a date at London’s O2 Academy in Islington on the 30th of March. (Tickets go on sale on Monday 18th February.) With all this brilliant news coming at once, fans of Tyler and Odd Future are understandably getting pretty excited about the months ahead, and with the pending release of Earl Sweatshirt’s debut album, 2013 could go down as the year that Odd Future finally took over the world, which would certainly make it a more interesting place.