"Tyler’s combination of dubious fantasies, anti-gay slurs and emo whining about his upbringing recalls Eminem which doesn’t leave much room for shock. In 2011, this feels impotent and tedious. Odd Future’s defenders in the media emphasise Tyler’s technical skills – and it’s true that his gift for assonance and internal rhymes is impressive. But his talent is only half the story: the shtick they use it for is played out. And it undermines the rest of his aesthetic: he demands our empathy at every turn for his own tough life, but is too limited an artist to show empathy for people who, with all due respect, suffer much more on a daily basis than growing up in a single-parent household. Tyler’s model of male anger ends up feeling a lot more like male privilege – and as conservative and regressive as that implies."
Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point? | Music | guardian.co.uk
This is kicking off a week of fresh Odd Future thinkpieces well.