Cherry Bomb – Tyler, The Creator – 7


Tyler’s third official 2015 album Cherry Bomb was his final stepping stone of evolution from edgy prankster to a serious groundbreaking artist. Cherry Bomb is an explosion of every single factor that sums up Tyler’s musical personality since his debut mixtape Bastard. It’s loud, abrasive, wild, mind boggling, outrageous and at some points it’s utterly fantastic. The opening tracks of Deathcamp and Buffalo are sucker punches that starts the album off blazingly well. I especially love the sample on Buffalo that was also used on Pusha T’s Numbers on the Board. After Pilot the album does get a bit mixed and monotonous for a while, nothing really stands out to me or excite me the way the opening tracks did. Thankfully it starts to pick up again for the last leg which includes one of my top 5 Tyler tracks Smuckers with some truly amazing verses and a fantastic beat. The typical Tyler tropes are here like the constant voice distortions, Pharrell inspired instrumentals and aesthetically outwards production and song structures. With the context of hindsight, Cherry Bomb feels like Tyler getting out any last minute sounds or individual ideas he had before he started focusing on making a more coherent and thematic conceptual album like Flower Boy, which only highlights how chaotic and unfocused Cherry Bomb is. Die hard Tyler fans no doubt love this album, but for me, just like all the albums Tyler released before Cherry Bomb, a great track here or there would suffice for me.


1. DEATHCAMP – 8.5
2. BUFFALO – 8.3
3. PILOT – 7.7
4. RUN – 6.9
5. FIND YOUR WINGS – 6.7
6. CHERRY BOMB – 7
7. BLOW MY LOAD – 5
8. 2SEATER – 6
9. THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 – 8.1
10. FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT -7.3
11. SMUCKERS – 9.3
12. KEEP DA O’S – 6.7
13. OKAGA, CA – 7.5