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Riff: Tyler, the Creator – “435”

May 25, 2018

Women they adore me/If you see me out in public, no pictures, don’t record me/I don’t really fuck with y’all/Nigga selfish at the orgy

from 435 lyrics by Tyler, the Creator

Yet another blistering fireball from an angry dragon. The goofy-side has given way to a more cutthroat style and he’s making sure everyone knows that he’s out for blood. It’s a sharp blade across soft flesh, and a side that shows when it comes to lyricism you don’t want to test him. It’s been a tumultuous few years full of highs and lows, and the frustrations have been mounting for too long. He’s ready to explode, dead serious about his pursuit of greatness. With his hands stirring several different pots, there was a concern that rap may have taken a backseat. He’s trying to prove all his naysayers wrong in one mighty swing of the pimp hand.

 

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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