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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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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