Tyler's Top 10 – Explained

Tyler's Top 10 – Explained

The 10 Artists of Tyler the Creator's Dream Music Festival

Tyler the Creator is no doubt a man of many surprises. His brand, Golf, is a fashion icon, his show on Adult Swim, Loiter Squad, is enjoyed by thousands, and his music is rap like no other. Tyler is a unique breed, his music blends soothing melodies with aggressive energy conveyed with raw and honest lyrics. His art is exceptionally expressive as his latest album, Flower Boy, proves. Like his own creations, Tyler recently shared with Twitter his music taste is just as diverse by replying to the ambiguous question, "If you could only go to one festival all summer and you could choose 10 artists in the lineup who would it be?" Tyler provided us with an amazing mix of some familiar and some not-so-familiar names, here they are explained.

1. N.E.R.D.

Ah yes, N.E.R.D. aka Pharrell Williams pre "Happy makes me want to blow my brains out" days. N.E.R.D. was composed of Pharrell and his two buddies Chad Hugo and Shay Haley. With a name standing for "No one Ever Really Dies," their style of late 90s early 2000s funk is especially energetic, like their song with Nelly Furtado, Hot-n-Fun.

2. Amy Winehouse

The incredibly talented and beautiful Amy Winehouse is sadly a member of The 27 Club as she passed away in 2011 at the age of 27. Most known her for her beehive up-do, thick eyeliner, and upbeat collaboration with Mark Ronson, Valerie. But her album Back to Black showcased her haunting and soulful voice incorporated with unmistakable retro riffs.

3. Stevie Wonder

If you've never heard of blind bluesman, Stevie Wonder well, you have. I can't say I know anyone who has never at least toe-tapped to Superstition.

4. Erykah Badu

Wide-ranged Erykah Badu is part of the neo-soul subculture with influenes from R&B, hip-hop, and a little jazz. She is legendary in the music world as well as a the activist scene. Her poetic nature is exemplified in her most popular song On & On. Her performance at Camp Flog Gnaw last year brought Golf fans to their feet.

5. Jamiroquai

Late 90s/early 2000s British funky man Jamiroquai has a superpower for making the people dance. He's most related to the acid jazz and funk genres and while it may sound odd I guarantee you've danced around your house to his hit Virtual Insanity at least twice.

6. Andre 3000

Andre 3000, also known as half of hip-hop duo Outkast returned to the hip-hop scene as a solo artist in 2007 with a more soulful take on the genre. He was featured in Frank Ocean's Pink Matter on guitar and vocals as well as countless other A-list artists' work.

7. The Mild High Club

The Mild High Club, where do I even begin if you haven't heard Windowpane or Homage? Basically, this is a group that specializes in what I like to call psychedelic easy-listening. Sober or not, their trippy tunes provoke interesting thoughts along with a relaxed kind of happy. Their own Alex Brettin was actually featured on Tyler's new album in the song, "Pothole."

8. The Garden

The Garden is a Southern California experimental punk duo composed of twin brothers, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears. Their lifestyle is one fixated on fantasy, fashion, and the word "fuck," a concept the boys coined as "Vada Vada." While I will say their music is not for everyone, I can also say I am major fan and have had the pleasure of seeing them live a few times. They never fail to put on an exciting overall performance and they're not bad to look at either! Tyler is especially a fan and from what I can tell, a friend of theirs too; they preformed last year at Camp Flog Gnaw Festival and in Tyler's new song "I Ain't Got Time" he even gives them a shout out.

9. Sade

Sade has been called the most successful solo British female artist in history and has earned a spot on VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music. Her music embodies empowerment and the emotions of love through a soothing R&B style voice.

10. Clipse

Clipse is a hip-hop duo composed of the Thornton brothers commonly known as "Malice" and "Pusha T." Their sound is definitely more of a classic hip-hop style versus today's rap. Quite a few of their songs actually feature Pharrell Williams, including one of their most popular, Grindin'.

Overall, you could easily catch me at this festival! Could this even be a hint about the Flog Gnaw 2017 lineup? Either way, thanks for sharing, Tyler!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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