Listen to Tyler, The Creator's new album, IGOR

Listen to Tyler, The Creator's new album, IGOR

It's the rapper's first release since his 2017 Flower Boy record.

Tyler, The Creator is undergoing a transformation. Once unfairly bracketed as a controversial rapper often negatively appearing in headlines, the fascinating evolution of Tyler, The Creator has now billed him as one of hip-hop's most forward-thinking and reliant; whether it be as a producer working with names including Solange and ScHoolboy Q, as a songwriter and rapper in his own right, or as a curator - stepping into duties to record and concept the surprisingly bright soundtrack to The Grinch's latest film adaptation. A big part of that evolution came with his 2017 record Flower Boy, a guest-heavy 14 tracks that saw his focus on thick beats and quick-paced rap change into something more calming, melodic and R&B-inspired. It was also richer on lyricism and songwriting, drawing inspiration from his collaborators - Kali Uchis, Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County - for a diverse and versatile record that beyond being perhaps Tyler's best, also was one of hip-hop's best - scoring a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album.

IGOR, his latest, takes this concept and runs with it. As he said in an Instagram post hours before the album's release - don't expect a rap album. IGOR is something bigger and grander, set to further establish Tyler's position as a headlining rapper with his name amongst the biggest of this century - something that really doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon. Take a listen to the album, which features Kanye West, Playboi Carti and more, below and let's hope that his Australian VISA ban is uplifted sometime soon - it's been a long time coming.

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