OFWGKTA member and rising solo rapper Tyler, the Creator recently met Eminem.
Tyler is a vocal fan of Em, and more specifically Relapse. Which, I’m glad of. As I love Relapse. It’s not Em’s best album but the rhyming and flows are mesmerizing, and it’s those aspects about it that are hugely under-appreciated.
After he met Em, Tyler tweeted this:
Fuckkkkk O My Atheist God. Goal List Check: I Told Him Relapse Was One Of The Greatest Albums To Me.
There’s not many vocal fans of Relapse, and certainly not publicly. Or anybody who is on the public radar to the degree Tyler now is, or is becoming. It’s also great because Tyler is not just anybody, he’s a controversial rapper, intentionally pushing buttons and who’s taken a page from Em’s book.
So it’s great for Em to hear somebody like that, who’s doing what he’s doing artistically, say that about Relapse to him. As I think Em has a misconception about Relapse. I think it’s pretty obvious he only did Recovery and scrapped Relapse 2 due to the reaction to #1.
Which is a horrible shame. I’m betting there was some jaw-dropping classic material on that sequel and that his flows reached heights on it the likes we’ve never heard from him. But, we’ll never know now.
I’ve read all, or most, of the reviews for Relapse too and almost every critic I read who reviewed it seemed a fucking moron. These slew of idiots look at Eminem and his work, and lyricism, so simplistically. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that understand his sarcasm or love of craft, but nobody I’ve seen who truly understands his constant juggling of persona’s and indulgence in character like on Relapse.
All these critics gave were personal opinions.
Anybody can say “I like this” or “I don’t like this”. If that’s all critics of today are going to do then they may as well not exist. Regardless of what you think of an artist’s themes or ideas, the questions you should be asking, as a critic, are questions like “did this artist achieve his aims?” and “how well?”. These are CRITICAL questions that aim to breakdown artistic elements and analyze the result. Which if a critic is to have any worth to art now, is what they should be doing.
We can all give our opinions on things. Nobody deserves the title of a professional for that. Most critics I read cannot see past their personal bias, or even worse… they rate material based on an artist’s PAST work or they involve elements of their career or what they ‘should’ of done in their eyes. Which is just absurd. If you’re reviewing an album, review THE, ALBUM. Not the artist, not the career of the artist.
Relapse is a fabulous album to me and I think it could of been A perfect album (not THEE perfect album, or literally perfect. But perfect for what it is), if “Crack a Bottle” and “Beautiful” were not on it. And man, just thinking about how great the sequel probably was just annoys me. We’ll just have to move on.
Tyler also said in the past that he will never write something as great as “Same Song and Dance”. It feels like I’ve found an artist who finally gets Eminem, or that album at least, like I do. But, maybe he just likes it because it’s twisted… either way, the fact he loves the style so much speaks volumes of his appreciation of detail and tone to me.
I’m somewhat of a fan of Tyler. I can see what he’s trying to do, I can understand his attitude but… at the moment, it’s just aimless angst. He’s not really saying anything at all. But, once he figures out some truly noteworthy aims, I think he’ll cause a big stir, many big stirs in big, interesting ways. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with, and I hope him and Em work together one day.
We need less like 50, and more like Tyler.