Review: Tyler, the Creator’s ‘Call Me If Y…’

Over at G-HOLY.com, our passion for music is sewn together by one common thread: an appreciation for great Hip-Hop. For that reason, collectively reviewing Tyler, the Creator’s newest project Call Me If You Get Lost was a must. The Ladera Heights native is a veteran of the game and can pull off sonically unique albums with the best of them. This newest effort is yet another great entry into Tyler’s eclectic musical catalogue. So sit back, pop on a ushanka, and enjoy this review from the G-HOLY team.

Peyton Tenison:

Visionary artist Tyler, the Creator once again exceeds expectations with his sixth studio album Call Me If You Get Lost. This latest output from the Los Angeles native is everything Tyler needed to further cement himself as one of the most interesting voices in Hip-Hop. On the project, T carefully treads a line that falls between outrightly braggadocious and introspectively vulnerable–a feat that deserves praise in and of itself. The globe trotting theme that runs throughout the project is reminiscent of old school Hollywood epics (think To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest, etc.). Tyler Baudelaire is a wonderfully intriguing character to follow for the album’s run-time and allows the Odd Future founder to show off his underrated pen game. The album is definitely a stylistic departure from his previous effort Igor, as most of the album features Tyler rapping. However, the execution on the project is fantastic nonetheless. Something else about CMIYGL that is rather noteworthy are the featured performances. NBA YoungBoy in particular gives a career best performance on the track “WUSYANAME” that blew me away on first listen. The energy that he gives to the track is incredible and the record would feel incomplete without him. All in all, Call Me If You Get Lost is another amazing effort from Tyler, the Creator and this three album run that he is currently on is nothing short of brilliant. I look forward to seeing what creative direction he decides to go in next.

G-HOLY:

I’m going to keep it as short and simple as I can, with the least detail. This is the “rap” rap album that everybody has been begging for from Tyler, The Creator. I believe that’s why DJ Drama was enlisted for this one in particular, Call Me If You Get Lost. Tyler has re-adopted his Bunny Hop moniker, proceeding to spit his version of “bars” over some of his hardest production in a while. All of the features are fire, and unexpected for the most part.

This album reeks of success. Most of it picks up where Flower Boy left us, with him figuring out how to be “Tyler” and still be a “Creator”. With CMIYGL, Tyler had fully embraced his new position. He’s a rich n*gga. There, he finally said it! Stanky rich. His tastes have changed. His mindset has shifted. He’s a full-on business, at this point nearing mogul status; with insane annual carnivals, some of Hip-Hop’s greatest merch, a flagship clothing store in L.A and brand deals left and right. It reminds me of when LL Cool J, circa 1995, fully embraced that he was more of a ladies man than a hardcore rapper. T is outta here.

The album runs a bit long, and some of the beats begin to blend together, but that’s most of Tyler’s work (at least the latter). DJ Drama keeps the energy high but it doesn’t last forever. The melancholy sets in around mid-album, but picks up with the best lyrics coming on the tail end. This is fire. Definitely a contender for AOTY, but we’ve got a slew of post-pandemic albums coming our way. Good job, T.

Boshko Maric:

With Call Me If You Get Lost, the ever-eccentric L.A.-based rapper, Tyler, the Creator, proves that he is still one of the most unique and refreshing voices in Hip-Hop today. Arriving just over two years after the highly experimental and highly acclaimed IGOR, the new album may just be Tyler’s best work to date. Undoubtedly his most well-rounded project, the LP contains many high profile features (standouts include NBA Youngboy on “Wusyaname” and Lil Wayne on “Hot Wind Blows”) as well as layered instrumentals that sound breezy in the best way possible. Additionally, Tyler gets back to rapping on Call Me If You Get Lost, something that he did not do much of on IGOR. Thankfully this works well, as Tyler is no slouch with a pen, and he proves that all throughout the album, while still managing to maintain the no-fucks-given attitude and image that he has carried for his whole career. Though he is never one to take himself too seriously, Tyler has proven with the new record that he is a serious force, and not one to be taken lightly in today’s Hip-Hop landscape.

 

 

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