Breaking Down Tyler, The Creator’s British Influences | Genius News

Breaking Down Tyler, The Creator’s British Influences | Genius News


DELISA: Since his earliest releases in 2008,
Tyler, The Creator’s left a unique mark on hip-hop. And he’s continued to evolve over the course
of his solo projects, flaunting his standout production ability, thanks to a keen ear for
certain sounds from across the pond. TYLER: I just lurk music a lot. I wake up every morning and spend two hours
listening to music that I’ve never heard before. DELISA: It’s no secret that Tyler pulls
from a range of influences to create his sound. Over the years, we’ve seen that range expand,
pulling inspiration from a number of British artists. DELISA: His albums have always boasted a range
of styles and genres but ‘Flower Boy’ was Tyler’s first foray into letting melodies
take the front seat. TYLER: My goal on this album was to shut the
fuck up and let the features be the leader. I want to shut up and let the string section
be two minutes at the end. DELISA: On “November,” he pitched up his
vocals to emulate Tracey Thorn, lead singer of the English duo Everything But The Girl,
most known for their hit, “Missing. TYLER: I just put that ref there for Tracey
Thorn but I never went through with it because I just was like I just want to finish this
album. I’m over it I feel defeated fuck it I’ll just leave
my voice there and that’s and that’s what that is. DELISA: Some of the synths for ‘Flower Boy’
were created by using a Roland Juno-60 and a Yamaha DX-7. ‘80s synthesizers like this one also laid
the foundation for English acts like Billy Idol, Rod Stewart, Eurythmics, and one of
his favorites, Gary Numan. DELISA: Tyler praised the creativity of those
artists, crediting the minimal production, saying quote: DELISA: Tyler’s love for chords and melodies
is already apparent throughout the album, but with the help from singer Rex Orange County on tracks like “Forward” and “Boredom,” the Englishman sets the stage. DELISA: Slotting Rex into ‘Flower Boy’
made sense for Tyler, because when it comes to loving chords, Rex and Tyler share that
affection. In an interview, Rex said quote: TYLER: I know I probably sound like a broken
record, chords chords chords, tyler chords, but that’s the shit I fucking care about
more than anything. DELISA: Rex isn’t the only English artist
on ‘Flower Boy.’ On “Garden Shed,” singer Estelle assists
Tyler with soothing vocals. TYLER: So when I wrote the parts, figured it out,
I was like, Estelle would be great. With her accent and her tone over this. DELISA: Two years later on his #1 album ‘IGOR,’
Tyler’s admiration for 80s British pop showed up again, taking notes from mainstream bands
like The Smiths, The Style Council, and lesser-known groups like Freeez and Linx. TYLER: The 80s are becoming my favorite time
not just music but overall and I used to hate it but now it’s slowly becoming my favorite
because of the sector of music that I’ve, like, I found over the years. DELISA: While that ‘80s sound made its way
through the album, Tyler even dipped back a decade earlier into the 70’s, sampling
chord progressions from the english band Czar on “PUPPET.” DELISA: Even with all the love for older British
pop sounds, Tyler brings it full circle by featuring the more recent rapper Slowthai. DELISA: When ‘IGOR’ dropped, there was some
confusion about who provided what vocals where but Tyler confirmed that Slowthai appeared
on the heavy distorted synth track “WHAT’S GOOD.” DELISA: Over the years, Tyler’s relationship
with the UK has taken a turn. In 2015, he was banned from entering the UK
due to his lyrics, specifically from 2009’s ‘Bastard’ and 2011’s ‘Goblin.’ DELISA: Back then, Theresa May was the home
secretary and used anti-terrorism legislation to ban Tyler. The official statement said that his work,
quote DELISA: But now May’s out and the ban has
been lifted. Tyler laughed it off, saying quote: DELISA: Tyler’s last UK show was in 2015, but the love never wavered, and London fans
flocked to see Tyler strut around in his blonde wig for the ‘IGOR’ tour in September,
2019. DELISA: We’ll see if Tyler continues to
add British influences into future tracks, but for now, drop your favorite UK collab in
the comments. DELISA: I’m Delisa with Genius News bringing
you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

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