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Album Review: CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST by Tyler, the Creator

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Tyler Okonma, or better known by his stage name, Tyler, the Creator is a rapper/singer and producer from California. While being one of the co-founders of Odd Future, he's been gaining traction ever since. There was a lot of controversy at first, but it seems he's trying to put that all behind him with his more recent projects. He also ended up winning a Grammy with his previous project, IGOR. Now, Tyler drops his sixth studio album, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST.

The first track from the album is SIR BAUDELAIRE. It's a fairly short track to open up the album, but we have Tyler saying a few lines and an electronic synth keeping the beat. We also get some other electronic, midi like instruments. It's an alright track to start off the album, but I guess I was expecting a little bit more from an opener. We also get the classic opening line for the album that was repeated on a few of his videos, "Call me if you get lost."

CORSO seems to carry off where the previous track left off on. We actually get some more percussive notes on here, as well as a piano carrying the beat. After awhile, it cuts out and we get more exciting drums and some bass hits to increase the intensity. The beat seems to change up again during Tyler's third verse and we get some running notes from the piano. It also lightens up intensity, but it seems like he's excited to drop this album based on the lyrics.

LEMONHEAD continues to get nastier with this track. While the production seems a little rusty, we have some horn and brass sections to give it this dirty feeling. I also find it strange, but also creative that he uses phone call sounds as part of the beat. Also, based on the introduction of the track, this is one of those usual 'pandemic' tracks that artists have been releasing. We also get a decent outro from Frank Ocean at the end.
 
WUSYANAME starts to slow things down and has Tyler singing instead of his usual rapping. We have the light and flowy track to set the mood of the track. We also get Ty Dolla $ign on the track which has to be the perfect addition since their voices just meld together well. We didn't really get to hear much of this track when the video was released a few days ago, but I'm glad we finally got to hear what was supposed to go along with the video clip.

LUMBERJACK was the first single for the album and was released about a week and a half before the album dropped. This single actually got me pretty excited for the album since it seemed like Tyler was getting back to his roots and rapping. It's also good to see some of the old members of Odd Future on these types of tracks, especially since we get to hear from Jasper. Tyler also seems to flex his wealth since he's been rising in popularity ever since Odd Future broke into the mainstream in the early 2010s.

HOT WIND BLOWS brings back a familiar collaboration with legendary rapper, Lil Wayne. Before Lil Wayne comes into the picture, we have a light beat with a flute-like instrument in the background. There's a lot of jazz influence on here, which has been common for many of the tracks so far. Tyler seems to talk about traveling the world with his significant other, more specifically Geneva, which is a city in Switzerland.

MASSA continues with the sweet horn and flute section. However, after about twenty seconds through, it cuts out and we have a classic bass come in with a drum beat. We also get some more synths and instrumentation that is similar to Flower Boy as it progresses. Based on the chorus, it seems like he makes some references back to slavery in the United States. He also talks about how he started changing as a person, especially in the first verse.

RUNITUP opens up with some quiet horn and synth sections. The track eventually builds up with some more dirty brass sections. It definitely settles down a bit for the bridge, but there's not too much instrumentation included on this track. We also get a crowd of people saying "We gon' run it up," which kind of reminds me of "F*ck the club up." Tyler talks about the success he was able to find since he was always himself.

MANIFESTO sees the return of Tyler and Domo Genesis on a track. We have a high pitched sound when Tyler raps. However, when Domo Genesis comes in, the beat takes a turn and has a darker and eerie sound to it. The track opens up with how Tyler didn't comment about the BLM protests back in 2020. However, the rest of the track seems to talk about the controversies that surrounded him back when he first started rapping.

Now we come to the tenth track of the Tyler album, SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE which is known as the multi-song track. If you're new to Tyler, the Creator's music, ever since Bastard, the tenth track has been reserved for a two or more part track. Several have pointed out that SWEET brings back some influences from IGOR. The beat changes immediately once the second part is here since we get a more beach vibe with the piano. Based on the lyrics, it seems like this girl is getting mixed feelings about Tyler and eventually decides to not be with him.

Just as the title suggests, MOMMA TALK features a spoken part from Tyler's mother, Louisa Whitman. I never thought we'd hear from his mother on a track, but this was first teased when the phone number was posted on some billboards. Besides this mainly being a spoken word part, we can see that she is very protective of Tyler, and all of her kids at that. She also talks about how she'd beat anyone up if they ever harmed her son.

RISE! opens up with one last line from Tyler's mother, then quickly moves into a new beat. It seems to feature some inaudible vocals, synths, and a drumbeat. Nothing too spectacular from this track and it seems a little underwhelming for the beat. Other than that, the title refers to just rising to the top, which he definitely has with his massive career in music and how much he has matured since the very beginning.

We have a quick interlude track on the album, BLESSED. It's less than a minute in length so you know it's not going to be anything spectacular. Also, it doesn't really flow into the next track so there's no connection there. Other than that, Tyler seems to think about all the reasons why he is blessed or lucky. We have some light instrumentals and backing vocals, but it's probably a track you can just skim over if you're checking out Tyler's latest project.

After seeing the feature list for JUGGERNAUT, I knew it had to be special since we have Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell Williams. The track opens up lightly and it sounded like something I would never expect to hear Lil Uzi Vert on. However, after a quick introduction from Tyler, we get a heavy electronic and dirty beat come in. I honestly wish this track was longer since it's probably one of the best banger tracks on here.

We finally arrive to the second longest track on the album, WILSHIRE. Before hearing this, I wasn't sure what to think since most of the other tracks are kind of short compared to this one. However, we have a decent beat going on here. We have a wavy synth, bass, and a steady drumbeat. This is a long story from Tyler that talks about his experience with a break up. While there isn't really any form to this track, you can definitely hear the emotion in his rapping, especially that last verse. I honestly thought this would have been a perfect place to end the album, but Tyler has another track after planned.

The final track we have on the album is SAFARI. There's a lot going on instrumentally with this one, but the brass section is standing out on this one as well. After a minute, it seems like we have the distorted and messy brass section to add to the layers of instrumentation. Some of the themes of this track talk about travel, but he also talks about the Grammy's which is a nod to his previous album, IGOR. Not a terrible way to end an album, but I would have preferred WILSHIRE.

While several people loved IGOR, I just couldn't really get into it. However, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST is a huge improvement in my book and I would have to say it's better than Flower Boy.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Favorite Tracks: LEMONHEAD, LUMBERJACK, MASSA, MANIFESTO, JUGGERNAUT, WILSHIRE
 
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