— Following the release of his first #1 album, Igor, Tyler the Creator has now announced the dates of his official Igor tour featuring Jaden Smith, Goldlink, and Blood Orange.

In case you hadn’t heard yet, Tyler the Creator recently released his fifth studio album, Igor, and has been receiving high praises for it. Not only did Igor debut at number one on the Billboard 200 (making this his first #1 album), but, since he produced the entire album himself, he is the first solo rapper to secure a #1 album without any co-production or outside producer credits. Now, Tyler will be taking advantage of this incredible outpour of support by heading on a 34-date tour throughout North America aside from his 3-day stretch at London’s O2 Brixton Academy.

 

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The tour will kick off on August 30th as Tyler headlines Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and will close with Houston’s October 26th show. As for opening acts, Goldlink will be featured on all tour dates, while Jaden Smith and Blood Orange will offer support for all September and October shows respectively.

Tickets go on sale this Friday on the Golf Wang official website.

— Ahead of his upcoming project, Atlanta-based MC, Kenzie Tarantino, exhibits his stellar lyrical talents in the form of a classic Tyler the Creator remix titled “Rusty”.

Over the past year, Kenzie Tarantino has proven, time and time again, to be one of the most gifted lyricists in Atlanta’s underground scene. From his 2 latest bodies of work, Samples and a Redd’s and Red Daze to the loosies he’s dropped in between, Kenzie has refused to let his foot off of the gas. Now, with Tyler the Creator having recently released his long awaited album, Igor, Kenzie’s latest loosie, a remix of Tyler’s 2013 track “Rusty”, has arrived just in time.

At just over 2 minutes, Kenzie doesn’t spend a ton of time on this instrumental, yet you won’t feel cheated. With Tyler’s lush and hazy production providing a smooth ambience, Kenzie Tarantino lyrically dances along with the beat while also providing heavy contrast with his commanding vocals and boastful bars. Furthermore, Kenzie’s tendency to fill those very bars with as much content as possible will have you doubling and tripling back just to catch everything.

Check out the track for yourself above and be sure to visit the official Kenzie Tarantino website along with his Instagram and Twitter to provide feedback, stay up to date with his releases, or to simply stay connected.

Never ever one to shy away from controversial subject matter, Tyler, The Creator drops a new album and lets listeners into the heart and mind of a “Scum Fuck Flower Boy”..

Flower Boy by Tyler The Creator

As if the lesser used alternate album title was not controversial enough, Flower Boy appears to serve as a segue into a conversation about the sexual orientation of a rapper once banned from the UK for using homophobic slurs. Whether Flower Boy is a genuine coming out party for Tyler, The Creator or just some Odd Future style trolling is up in the air. What is concrete is the fact that Flower Boy sees Tyler, The Creator leveling up musically while exploring his mental growth and advocating for Black youth to be themselves.

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Kali Uchis, Lil Wayne , Estelle, A$AP Rocky  and Corinne Bailey Rae are just some of the colorful features that come together to help Tyler, The Creator paint his own unique and introspective picture of Black masculinity and youth.  You can listen to a few personal faves from Flower Boy below, the full album is streaming everywhere.

Boredom:
Ridiculously relatable. Corinne Bailey Rae lends just a little of her time and a whole lot of her impact with soft, breezy, almost maddeningly succinct vocals on this track. Find some time to spin this.

Droppin’ Seeds:

This is really a Lil’ Wayne track with a Tyler, The Creator feature and I’m almost positive Tyler meant for it to be that way. Only 60 seconds long but still a highlight on the album due to Wayne’s usual effortless flow.

Enjoy Right Now, Today:
A lush and hopeful instrumental featuring a child yelling “Hey”, a giggling baby, synths, and strong drums. This track was easy to get lost in, and if the album cover could be described with a song…this is it.

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