A Change of Heart For Flower Boy

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Controversial hip hop and rap artist, Tyler The Creator, often seen as immature and crude, released an album this year that may have changed the view of many listeners. In his past songs, Tyler has been accused of being homophobic and overall insensitive towards sexuality and gender. Although this has been a common theme of his past albums, Tyler’s most recent album, Flower Boy, has a strikingly different attitude. Instead of hating on the gay community he praises authenticity and even alludes to being gay himself.

In Track 9, “I Ain’t Got Time,” Tyler raps, “Next line, I’ll have em’ like woah, I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.” Whether or not this is Tyler coming out to his listeners depends solely on what the listeners believe.

“Personally, I don’t think this is Tyler coming out because  his sexuality is never directly stated, it’s only insinuated,” senior Scott Ladish said. “I think this is more on the level of self-expression. Tyler is on the path of discovery and coming to terms with the world around him, the life he lives and evaluating his past decisions and applying those to how they might impact his future.”

Despite the fact that Tyler may be revealing his sexuality it is true that his album is a strong change of pace. His complaints about loneliness and longing for a lover are overall more relatable to his audience and therefore attracting more fans, and that may be why he is doing it. He may have changed his angry and immature lyrics to softer and more heartfelt lyrics in order to catch more listeners’ attentions. Or he may actually growing and finding himself. Finding the truth about Tyler’s sudden change may ultimately be impossible. He lives for putting listeners in awkward situations with the choice of his lyrics, as well as causing controversy so his decisions may have to be taken with a grain of salt.

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