Well world, it looks like our little Tyler, the Creator is beginning to grow up — the rapper has proclaimed that he will no longer rap about "rape and cutting bodies." It seems like just yesterday that he was telling bitches to suck a dick, calling Bruno Mars a faggot, and starting a comment war about the First Amendment on this very site! It just happens so fast, you know? (And by fast, I mean about a thousand riled-up feminists and unapologetic homophobic slurs later.)
In an interview with Spin, Odd Future's ringleader claims that his upcoming release, Wolf, will be far removed from the stomach-turning sexual violence and nihilism of Goblin:
'Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn't interest me anymore,' he says, contemplative and sincere, 'What interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to. With Wolf, I'll brag a little bit more, talk about money and buying shit. But not like any other rapper, I'll be a smart-ass about it. Now it's just girls throwing themselves at me and shit, but I got a girl back home. People who want the first album again, I can't do that. I was 18, broke as fuck. On my third album, I have money and I'm hanging out with my idols. I can't rap about the same shit.'
Is this the same young artist who came up with the chorus, "I'm Dracula bitch / Don't got a problem smacking a bitch / Kidnapping, attacking, with axes and shit / 'til I grab them throats and start smacking them shits"? Can I believe my eyes — a "contemplative and sincere" Tyler, The Creator who just wants to make "weird hippie music"? Has he finally grasped that his tasteless forays into misogyny and homophobia aren't edgy or artistic or shocking but instead are dated and possibly dangerous?
Well, probably not; it's more likely that Tyler is just an up-and-coming artist who is more concerned about keeping his fanbase engaged than the implications of his language. Either way, we're getting rape-fantasy-free music! Now we're on to something! "Weird hippie music" that doesn't make allusions to punching sluts in the face is music I can get behind. And in case you think I'm the only one excited about Odd Future's… future, Tyler himself seems uncharacteristically cheery in the interview: "I've never been this happy in my life. I just got a shirt with a fuckin' cat on it!"
Four for you, Tyler! You go, Tyler!