Flower Boy by Tyler the Creator (2017)
Tyler, the Creator, known for “eating one roach and making a lot of money,” backhands his audience with a release that’ll smack them back to reality. Instead of coming out with an album completely catered to himself, he toys with what he decides to cater towards the fans. His first two tracks have him rapping, but also mixing in his incredible singing talent that was before only seen in maybe one song (“IFHY”). However, by the middle of the album, we accept the fact that Tyler might not be rapping, and we’re ok with that because he still brings the heat on “Who Dat Boy.” He also drops subtle hints about his own personal life in songs like “Garden Shed” and “November,” which definitely was a big day for some hip-hop fans. At the end of the day, without this, there is no IGOR, and while that may be a more cohesive album, Flower Boy has Tyler at his most vulnerable, and that means a lot more.