IGOR Review

Tyler, The Creator Releases His Sixth Full Length


Courtesy of Tyler Okonma's Twitter

Tyler, The Creator sporting a new look before the release of IGOR

Jalen Gomez, Reporter

Tyler Okonma, known as Tyler, The Creator, released his sixth studio album, “Igor” on May 17. Features from Kanye West, Playboi Carti, Solange, Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell Williams and more, these features definitely made this album something special.

This album had a different sound to it than the rest of the music Tyler has released, but it has been a testament to the growth of his artistry. After the hard, grimy and snare-filled production in “Wolf,” he then transitioned to more chords and composure in “Cherry Bomb,” and then in his 2017 release “Flower Boy,” he made the production seem more sparkly and pleasant to listen to, gifting every song a pretty melody. With “Igor,” the production was completely overturned from the rest. It had plenty of N.E.R.D influence, which Tyler has cited many times as a huge influence of him and his music. To me, “Igor” took the best parts of “Flower Boy” and N.E.R.D.’s “Seeing Sounds” and “In Search Of” to create this album. With this album, Tyler made his most experimental and his most sonically pleasant record.

The album sits at 12 songs and 40 minutes total, with many standout tracks. First and foremost: “EARFQUAKE.” The song has a feature from Playboi Carti and additional background vocals from Charlie Wilson and Jessy Wilson. It is amazing. I was surprised when Charlie Wilson, the GOAT, had a feature on “Cherry Bomb” on the song “YOUNG”, and then he just came back to bless this joint. He put forth a lovely melody that will never escape my mind as long as the Earth keeps spinning. Then, Playboi Carti drops a verse over the ethereal instrumental that Tyler provided for him, and it brought world peace. Definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. Other standouts consist of “I THINK”, “RUNNING OUT OF TIME”, “A BOY IS A GUN” and “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS”.

The album has a central theme of love and relationships, trying to hold onto feelings and stuff like that. With the pretty production behind each and every song, I quickly fell in love with the new sounding Tyler. With every song being so replayable, it’s definitely something I can listen to ignorantly without it getting oversaturated in my brain. All in all, I’m going to give this record an 8.5/10, because I did want to hear a little more rapping from Tyler on some of the tracks, and bigger contributions from the artists that were featured.