Tyler, the Creator Responds to a Fan's Criticism About His Current Music

Tyler, the Creator Responds to a Fan's Criticism About His Current Music

The Odd Future leader isn't making depressing rap anymore.

Published June 19, 2015

Tyler, the Creator has been fighting criticism from his fans about the content on Cherry Bomb, as well as the status of his group Odd Future.

Earlier this month, Tyler spoke about his fan's concerns with The Village Voice. Although he didn’t confirm that the group broke up, he did say that they are no longer recording with each other. And almost reiterating what he’s saying here, he wants to let his fans know that making depressing music isn’t cool anymore.

Yesterday, a Redditor by the name of cokomok wrote a lengthy post about his disappointment of Tyler’s career and growth since his Bastard mixtape days. "Used to love the guy, was a huge fan of him/OF for 3 years. After the sort of disappointment of Cherry Bomb, (I only liked 5 songs, realized most of the lyrics are either bragging or no substance) I think I've realized I've outgrown Tyler as a whole."

He continued, "He's done some cool stuff and I will always respect that but I'm tired of his arrogant, braggadocios and unretalable [sic] recent attitude. I can't relate to him talking about wanting a McLaren, having big chains, or being a god like I related to him rapping about his life and feeling depressed because he was stuck in a house arguing with his grandma or about girl trouble.”

Tyler responded to his comments on Formspring. Read some of his post below:

dude, that was in 2011. its 2015, if he really thinks that 4 years later i would still be living on my dead grandmothers floor, and still be sad with all these amazing things happening around me, then he is stuck in 2011. and i dont mean that in a bad way, when you have a favorite artist, you tend to grasp onto an era, trust me i do that with artist that i love but i also know they grow and see new things and change and mature and all of that. im sorry that im not in the same place to talk about those things that were happening in 2011. i dont know what to tell you, my life is in a different spot right now and like on every album, i talk about whats going on in my life AT THAT MOMENT. s**t, that would be sooo sad if i was making the same album over and over again. and when i talk about depressed stuff, i know n****s who think its cool as f**k to be sad and negative. i remember being in a somewhat dark spot and now that im not there i understand that its not healthy and it sucks, that shit is NOT TIGHT and it sometimes rubs off on others, you dont have as much fun and blah blah but take that how you want dude

As for the reason why there aren’t any depressing lyrics in Cherry Bomb, here’s what he had to say:

and being hapy doesnt mean you have to say it all the time? why not? why cant i share my joy with the world? ohhh, it was cool when i was raping girls and telling you how sad i was on records, but when shit changes and im feeling great and i f**k with myself you cant deal with it? cause you cant relate? is that why? or maybe its my ego talking. idk know what it is, but after a while you realize you dont want to be around people who isnt positive, who isnt focused who dont want more. why would you want to be around someone is is a downer? and i dont even mean depressed, i mean n****s who is always just f***ing everyones mood up? everytime they talk its something negative? am i wrong cause i dont want that in my life? 

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Written by Eric Diep

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