If the cop says my name, bitch, I'm Igor [Chorus] Yuh, ayo Yeah, yeah Let's go, let's go, I ain't playin' around Red nose, red nose, all you niggas is clowns Niggas turning it up, well shit I'm tearing it down Hard to believe in God when there ain't no mirrors around ... More Tyler, The Creator lyrics The main character of Breaking Bad, Walter White, has had a similarly poor journey with hubris. I don't want to get into them here, as, for the most part, I don't think they're necessary to explaining the core story and themes. The announcement of the album came after some speculations the week before, followed by the release of four snippets on Tyler, The Creator's social media platforms. In other words, friendship. (track 5), -But at some point, you come to your senses. This kind of subtle progression happens a lot throughout the album and is why I talked about "theme" and "variation" up front. Now we're at the point where the depth of feeling is unrequited. The figure is most-often associated with Dr. Frankenstein. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images). A to Z, nah son, I'm gonna take a breathe It crushes your soul." It isn't until track 7 ("A Boy Is A Gun") that Tyler first starts breaking away. But that, up front, things between them are complicated. A similar thing happens throughout his previous album, Flower Boy. Most of us are familiar with themes in narrative art—in movies, TV shows, books, albums. Igor has, indeed, arrived. I co-host the #1 Kanye West podcast in the world, Watching the Throne, and am responsible for groundbreaking, seminal scholarship on Kanye's discography that has changed how people listen to and understand his music. Tyler raps, And I got my eyes open, now I see the light. The next song, "Glitter," an emotional outpouring, ends with the same voicemail system saying, We didn't get your message, either because you were not speaking or because of a bad connection. When you have, in Jerrod Carmichael's words, "[given] it everything that you can," what other option is there than to focus on yourself again? (Did I wait too long?) We hear new magic wand one more time and then cut to the next song opening with, No, don't shoot me down. At the end of Part 1, "A Boy Is A Gun," Tyler starts to regain perspective, becoming fully aware of the baneful relationship dynamics. Here's a description by Jeremy Denk, a famous pianist, in an interview with Classic FM: "It's an idea [theme] with a number of riffs on the idea [variation]—in all kinds of styles and moods...You take the theme, you take the original idea and you begin to alter it or add things to it.". With that in mind, remember that the generic concept of "Igor" is an assistant to a scientist. Yeah, we 'bout to scream/Catch me 'bout to scream...Cut me loose....Cut me loose. There, Carmichael says, "I hate wasted potential. Carmichael's quote ends with, "There's always an obstacle." The surprise is that the poem (which you don't hear in-full until the final track) is a summary of To Pimp A Butterfly's narrative. To fulfill the role of a loyal friend and a comical sidekick, who better than Igor? Verse 2 reveals the girl won: I just hope to God she got the taste/to put you on some shit you never seen. Initially, the magic wand may seem like a reference to the editing tool in Photoshop that helps select specific parts of an image for you to edit. (track 8), -I don't know what's harder, letting go or just being okay with it. A physically deformed lab assistant who works with scientists and monsters. I can't maneuver without you next to me All the while, Tyler's a mess, caught between wanting to love and the fear of being unloved. Oxygen and financial freedom, yeah The weird, wildly human LP is miles beyond his early aughts antics, revealing a disarming emotional glow-up You under oath, now pick a side and if you don't. Track 5 increases the total to six lines. Rather than a song that's describing a specific emotion or event, it's a painter showing you the palette with all the smears of colors that'll be part of the painting. For anyone who can't add up what's happening on IGOR through the lyrics alone, Carmichael's quotes tell you what you need to know—making it easier, hopefully, to decode the album (or at least a song or two). So while Tyler can recognize the puppet/master dynamic, he can't see how just how toxic it is. With the tumult of the romance over with, is there still a relationship to be had? (La, la, la) This isn't some honeymoon phase. [Chorus: Tyler, The Creator & Kanye West] Tyler's giving this guy he loves everything he can give (despite his fear and stress and hurt). I explore and explain the narrative craft that makes successful movies and albums resonate. The allusion is in the episode title. Tyler, The Creator just dropped his fifth studio album, IGOR. "I Don't Love You Anymore," is all about the next steps. Tyler has some new magic up his sleeves, thanks to this wand. All of this leads to the breakthrough: You're a gun 'cause I like you on my side at all times/You keep me safe...Wait, wait, depending on, you know/You could be dangerous to me. Too much ego for too long is a problem, but a little bit here and there can be just what someone needs to get back on their feet. There was also the bridge where Tyler romantically portrays the guy as a gun, then realizes, "Wait...you could be dangerous.". [Verse 2: Tyler, The Creator] The application to "Are We Still Friends?" (track 10). You may opt-out by. is pretty straightforward. So at the end of Track 5, the chunk of poem finishes with "Found myself screaming in a hotel room." You control me (Control me) Someone saying they're in their right mind usually means they aren't. (Yours, yours, yours) Even Tyler celebrated the track’s genius, taking to Twitter with, “[Group] B hard n**ga sheesh.” group b hard nigga sheesh — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) December 23, 2019 Ayo I've studied and practiced narrative art for over 15 years. You're parasitic (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images). Produced entirely by Tyler himself, the album features guest appearances from Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, Kanye West, and Jerrod Carmichael. We get the highs ("Earfquake") and the lows ("New Magic Wand"). Otherwise, listeners might not view them as intercontextual. Tyler's frustrated because the guy won't commit either way. The idea of the wand is a variation on the previous track's line:  I been runnin' out of spells/to make you love me. While "Earfquake" divulged the existence of complicated emotions, "I Think" shows just how intense they are. The impression Skateboard P left on Tyler was palpable from the very beginning, but nowhere is it more prevalent … Drive to your city 'cause we live an hour apart Which gives another way of viewing the repeated "run" that's part of the soundscape. After I start my vehicle ", N****s turning it up, well, shit, I'm tearing it down, Hard to believe in God when there ain't no mirrors around. "Are We Still Friends?". That burgeoning question gives rise to the final track. We get the first mention of the "obstacle." First, light the weed “Don’t go into this expecting a rap album,” he wrote. Generically, "Igor" is considered an archetype in Gothic-inspired stories. From his earliest tracks, Tyler, The Creator has always relied on his own versatility and diverse musical taste to create one-of-a-kind melodies and unforgettable tracks. The most likely interpretation (based on the context of the entire album) is the male love interest has hidden the true nature of his sexuality. I also write novels, was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Red Fez, co-founded a movie analysis/explanation website called Colossus, and love Austin, TX. Tracks 1-4, Yeezus is his most egotistical and rebellious and independent. Exactly What You Run From You End Up Chasing. On the penultimate track, he rejects the Yeezusian lifestyle of clubs and woman, opting, instead, for a chance at love. The very next song ("u") just so happens to have Kendrick screaming in a hotel room. Like Flower Boy, Tyler’s new album IGOR is an album for the summer months. From Odd Future to Igor: Breaking down every era of Tyler, the Creator's career By Lexi Vollero June 05, 2019 at 06:00 PM EDT Okonma, who’s known virtually everywhere as Tyler, the Creator, is that outlier. Getty/Custom Music Albums Of The Year: Tyler, The Creator Makes Us Taste Heartbreak On Igor. During the week ending June 1, 2019, “PUPPET” debuted and peaked at #88 on the Hot 100. © 2021 Forbes Media LLC. I do not have self control/I am startin' to wonder/is this my free will or yours? For example. Something more platonic? Tyler, The Creator’s new album, 'IGOR,' arrived on streaming services sans any listed features. For example, a theme in Disney's Aladdin is "how wealthy you are doesn't define how good of a person you are." Tyler, The Creator has achieved his final form on "IGOR." IGOR’S THEM E: The album starts off strong with one of the best songs, “Igor’s Theme” is a great tone-setter for the way the album will be, a lot of distortion and multiple voices and it overall provides context to the story to be told, it is one of my favorites and I really enjoy driving to this song. Listen free to Tyler, The Creator – IGOR (IGOR'S THEME, EARFQUAKE and more). But this might just be better for us, you know? I'm your puppet -Exactly what you run from, you end up chasing....Giving it everything that you can. 'Cause I'm your puppet Tyler, The Creator IGOR Columbia Records Tyler, The Creator’s newest effort, IGOR, demonstrates just how gifted the 28-year-old artist really is. Can I have my heart back? Instead, Mark Twain showed us by creating a whole scene where Tom Sawyer has to paint a fence as punishment but manipulates the other neighborhood kids to do the chore for him. Runnin' out of time to make you love me. That's allusion and the power of allusion. The name alludes to the poem of the same title, by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Which comes through on the final verse, which has an alarm-like sound happening right before Tyler raps. (Oh, Lord) All archetypes associated with unruly attitudes. With that in mind, we return to one of his first, seemingly innocent descriptions: I'm your puppet, you are Jim Henson. The album contains features from … What we see on Gone, Gone/Thank You is Tyler reflecting on what happened between him, the guy, and the girl. But at some point, you come to your senses. Ayy, to me, he's on somethin' that I hate to see In other words: be kind, don't be petty. Do you need bread? To that end, the second verse details how Tyler can make the friendship work: Don't get green skin, keep contact/Don't say, "Goodbye, smell you later." This urge to stay friends has roots in Jerrod Carmichael's quote from "Gone, Gone/Thank You." The wasted potential would be far more upsetting than any other outcome. O representante de Tyler, the Creator não quis comentar o caso. The rest of the track is Tyler trying to reassert control of himself. The line implies that maybe they can have a relationship that isn't romantic. The first big in-road Tyler gives us (see the Jerrod Carmichael section if you skipped to this point or need a refresher on in-roads). It's fitting, then, that How the fuck you quiet with the mic on? The song as a whole serves as a summary of the love triangle (through the metaphors of weather, construction, and tenancy), while showing Tyler's emotionally ready to get on with his life (though not quite ready for another relationship). Eventually. I been runnin' out of spells/to make you love me. You control me (Puppet) You may also have noticed the end of "Earfquake" has Tyler count: The first words we hear on "I Think" are four, four, four, four. Whether Igor or not, Tyler's not doing well. I wanna share last names, I wanna be your number one/not the other one, keep it on the low/I'm in my right mind. [Verse 1: Tyler, The Creator] Ayo I wanna talk, I wanna call you and talk I wanna walk to your front door and knock After I start my vehicle Drive to your city 'cause we live an hour apart So far, we've gone from Tyler becoming aware of his feelings (track 2) to trying to figure out how to express his feelings (track 3). As Tyler comes to his senses, he's able to tap into the darker, less-romantic side of him that had defined his discography and public reputation to this point. If it's all showing, you end up with deep-but-obtuse results that polarize audiences, like 2001: a Space Odyssey or The Sound and the Fury. The dangerous undertones of the relationship become apparent to Tyler. The good news is there is one application that's crucial. ", I bring up Yeezus because there are some direct and indirect connections on IGOR. Themes are broader concepts created by repeated (and often contrasting) elements. First... Breathe on a song There's as much heartbreak as there is affection. You lost, son, and you've been tryna find your way to me Up front, Tyler frames the relationship in the past tense: I know my temperature was set/You finally flew south. First... (Got me by a string) Then back to my house and we pack up our bikes (La, la, la, la, la, la) The second phrase doesn't appear until the final line of the last verse of track 9, "What's Good." A thought emerges from Tyler's willingness to move on. A few of the background lines indicate the arrival of Igor on the next track. Given Tyler's repeated use of connecting one song to the next, it becomes clear the end of "Puppet" is about the arrival of this Igor persona. Tyler, The Creator released his latest album ‘Igor‘ last Friday (May 17), along with providing a set of instructions. Leading up to Igor's arrival, Tyler's spent the album detailing this complicated love triangle where he's seeing this guy who's also seeing some girl. (La, la, la) Tyler mentioned his favorite moment from the track being Wilson’s “La, la” vocals during the outro of the track. Tyler, The Creator previously released limited edition covers for albums like 2013’s 'WOLF,' and his fifth studio album, 'IGOR,' was no different. Part 2 is about awareness/seeing things for what they are/moving on. ", The most explicit reference to Yeezus is the interpolation of lines from "New Slaves. He had mixed feelings about it. Land at your driveway and put it in park Yes. Also a Kanye West expert. I will speak up/And realize there's more fish in the sea, I'ma re-up...What now?