Tyler, The Creator’s run the last month has been nothing short of immaculate. With his newly crowned No. 1 album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Bunny Hop is at the top of his game — coming off perhaps his best project to date.
Within Tyler reaching the highest moment of his career thus far, he revealed via Twitter on Monday that he held three secret shows for CMIYGL, recording and releasing his Brooklyn live performance in partnership with Amazon Music.
DID THREE SMALL SECRET SHOWS LAST WEEK, RECORDED ONE OF THEM, HUR IT IS https://t.co/Fx71SJZWMZ— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 5, 2021
Tyler had teased CMIYGL two weeks before it released with a cryptic phone number, billboards, videos, skits and new music — proving that the best albums come with short, precise and impactful rollouts. J. Cole’s latest album The Offseason took a similar approach, as Cole also debuted at a No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart in mid-May.
Featuring tracks in “WUSYANAME,” “JUGGERNAUT” and “SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE,” CMIYGL is a true representation of Tyler’s evolution as an artist. Dialing back the electro-pop tones found on his 2019 Grammy-award winning album IGOR, Wolf Haley is back in his element, spitting menacing bars and love melodies over the course of 53 minutes.
BUNNY HOP pic.twitter.com/m39ezuTp8f— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) July 5, 2021
Packed with 16 songs, the album also features 42 Dugg, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, Brent Faiyaz and others — all offering surprisingly fitting performances for Tyler’s rap-heavy sound. Combining elements from his early discography in GOBLIN and The OF Tape, Vol. 2, it’s clear that Tyler knows how far he’s come, further utilizing the rapping ability he’s always had. While channeling his robust lyricism and catchy cadences. the production — in true Tyler fashion — is unbound by genre, providing for an enigmatic experience overall.