Thursday night, hours before the midnight release of his sixth solo album, Tyler, the Creator tweeted a strange, overly jest disclaimer. He began with a series of negatives (“This is not Bastard. This is not Goblin. This is not Wolf”), readying fans for the dazzling uniqueness of IGOR. Then, he detailed the way to experience IGOR, encouraging us to drop our lives and disable our devices for one straight listen, all the way through, front to back. Finally, he urged us to feel whatever we may feel through IGOR, and to let him know—but in not too many words—our thoughts.
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Now, two and a half days after IGOR was let into the world, and became subject to all of our queries and desires, it’s safe to say: IGOR is a really, really good album. It ups the bar for this year’s hip-hop album releases. It’s definitely one of Tyler, the Creator’s best.
Which begs the question for Tyler, the Creator fans out there bumping IGOR in the streets and through their headphones, those fans who maybe didn’t get a chance to see him tour behind 2017’s Flower Boy: Will Tyler, the Creator Tour in 2019?
So far Tyler, the Creator is keeping his touring plans close, if he has them at all. But Tyler is scheduled to perform at two summer music festivals—Governors Ball and Firefly—in addition to two shows at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in September.
We are extremely buoyed by the announcement of these two London shows. Seeing and hearing the wide reception of IGOR in the streets and in establishments throughout London, Tyler hurried to schedule two shows. Will he do this for North America, where fans are equally as thrilled over the product of IGOR? We think it’s possible, if not likely.
According to Tyler’s darling set of pins, the IGOR features list is as follows: Solange, Jack White, Pharrell, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West, Santigold, Jessy Wilson, Jerrod Carmichael, La Roux, Kevin Kendricks, Slow Thai, Charlie Wilson, and Cee Lo Green—fans are convinced Frank Ocean can be heard on IGOR as well.
Could any of IGOR‘s “helping hands” show up on a Tyler, the Creator Tour? We wouldn’t be surprised, as Tyler has made it a part of his fascinating career arc to be well connected and to shock fans as often as he possibly can. And since IGOR is noticeably lacking in his usual, violent antics, we think he will be looking for other opportunities to remind us of the hooligan visionary lurking beneath the pink and prim.
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We can at least expect a set from Tyler, the Creator this Fall at the annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival, set to take over Dodger Stadium November 9th & 10th. Stay tuned for more Tyler, the Creator announcements, as we think he will answer this question soon. In the mean time, enjoy the emotional chaos—at times victorious, at times devastating—of Tyler’s sixth studio album IGOR.