Did the Tyler, The Creator Album Leak Reveal More Than Music
publish date: 2017-07-11
When Tyler, the Creator's new album Scum F-ck Flower Boy leaked late Sunday night, fans got perhaps more than they bargained for. Within hours of the album appearing online, his track 'I Ain't Got Time!' stirred speculation over its highly-contested allusion to Tyler's sexuality.
'Next line will have ’em like ‘whoa’ / I been kissing white boys since 2004' seemed like a literal enough piece of evidence, and a few tracks later on 'Garden Shed,' he drops the line 'That was real love I was in, Ain’t no reason to pretend,” and later, “All my friends was lost / They.couldn’t read the signs / I didn’t want to talk / I tell ’em my location and they ain’t want to walk.'
Rap and hip-hop are genres known for being less friendly to homosexuality than most, with rappers frequently still using the F-slur in lyrics to this day. (Though, in all fairness, there's no one genre that could be said to be free of homophobic constituent artists.) Rap fans, accordingly, have had mixed reactions to the possible news of Tyler's coming out. Some have aired their distaste for the news, while others insist that it's not news at all. Going back several years, Tyler's social media posts do appear to support their theory.