Flashback Friday: Tyler, The Creator and A Tribe Called Quest

Not sure which part of the globe you’re currently reading this on but down here in SoulInStereo Studios, PLAYA IT’S HOT.

Grab a cool drink this fine Friday and check out these underrated albums.


Tyler, The Creator, Wolf (2013)

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Tyler, the Creator but with his new album on the horizon, I figured it was a good time to revisit the album that made me appreciate his artistry. Wolf is certainly an off-the-wall release, filled with the shock-value rhymes that are meant to intentionally offend. But look closely and you’ll find some intriguing wordplay and deep themes. For instance, the scalding “Answer” – a fiery ode to Tyler’s absentee father – is absolutely heartbreaking. Don’t write off Tyler, there’s a method to his madness.

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Read our review of Tyler the Creator’s Wolf here

beats rhymes and life

A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996)

It’s odd that Beats, Rhymes and Life is considered one of the “lesser” Tribe albums. If this is Tribe at their worst, they’re still better than most rappers at their best. Though a bit darker in themes this time around, Tribe’s trademark sound still resounds. Plus, “Stressed Out” remains a personal fave.

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“Keeping It Moving”

“1nce Again”

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog. 


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