Albums You Missed in 2010: Tyler, the Creator

Raghav Mehta

“This is what the devil plays before he goes to sleep.”

That’s the chilling line that opens up Tyler, the Creator’s debut “Bastard.” It’s an album so outrageously dark it makes Slayer’s catalog seem marketable.

Okay maybe that’s a stretch but one thing’s for sure, Tyler the Creator is not for the faint of heart. It’s bleak experimental hip-hop that toils in subject matter that includes rape, murder and paternal abandonment. Gangsta rap might’ve introduced America to the ghetto’s backstreets but on “Bastard” there is no instances of glamour or sensationalism.

Call it depraved but there’s something strangely entrancing about the album. And while every song’s not a success, there’s plenty that warrants attention. Click here to check out the video for “French.”