As most of you remember the topic of watching Tyler the Creator’s music video to his song Yonkers released in 2011 was brought up this past week in class. Although the content and word choice used by Tyler was too inappropriate to watch in a classroom setting (yes Jamie I agree now after examining the lyrics, by bad,) I would still like to give Tyler’s video some credit via blog post for what I believe to be an amazing performance.
Now, just to give a little background,
- Tyler the Creator is a hip hop artist associated with the group Odd Future
- Yonkers was released as Tyler’s lead single for his studio album Goblin
- Yonkers was not only self produced by Tyler but he was his own director for the music video
- Much controversy was raised with the Yonkers Single
- Some people didn’t like the violent lyrics and insults thrown in this single
- However, Yonkers was critically acclaimed for it’s genius lyrics
- Ironically enough, Tyler was given the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in 2011
- This entire song is a contradiction within itself
As art students, many of us appreciate symbolism and incorporate it into our own works of art. Tyler is an artist who takes symbolism to another level of amazing. Going back to my eighth background point, each line of Yonkers is a contradiction, creating a deeper message that humans are constantly being hypocritical and doing one thing, yet saying another.
The opening line which I will edit for this post is
“I’m a walking paradox, no I’m not”
I feel like this line needs no explanation in why it’s contradictory, another line at the very end (again edited) states;
I just want to know if my father would ever like me
But I don’t care, so he’s probably just like me
The majority of Yonkers is Tyler dissing other artists like B.O.B, Bruno Mars, and Hayley Williams
Finally, before I post my last line to think about out of this song, think about what a song is. It’s a bunch of lyrics and words spoken, a song is not an act it’s a message and many time an artists opinion. Tyler’s last line in Yonkers is
‘Actions speak louder than words, let me try this, dead’
What do you guys think about Yonkers? Is Tyler genius or are his lyrics derivative?
Food for thought class, food for thought.
Also, if you’re interested check out this Yonkers Tumblr page