🎵 Weekly Music Newsletter: Tyler, the Creator Kills His Alter Ego

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7 min readApr 3

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Nearly two years after the release of Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, the Creator is revisiting his Grammy Award-winning album with an expanded edition, The Estate Sale. The record, which we picked as our 8th favorite of 2021, debuted at №1 on the Billboard 200 and set a record for the largest single-week vinyl sales for any hip hop album ever.

The Estate Sale features eight new songs that originally got left on the cutting room floor. The tracks include collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Vince Staples, and YG, as well as production from Madlib and Kanye West. Over the past few years, the quality of deluxe albums has declined rapidly as artists have used demos and B-sides to bolster their streams. However, The Estate Sale feels purposeful. Using a sonic palette that complements Call Me If You Get Lost, the added section features tracks far better than what most rappers include on their main records, particularly Sorry, Not Sorry, the closer, which is worth the price of admission on its own.

In the self-directed music video for Sorry Not Sorry, Tyler recreates his alter egos from his past album cycles, including Wolf Haley, Chub Bum, Flower Boy, and Igor. On the confessional outro, Tyler’s personalities take turns apologizing for their past discretions. Tyler’s first apology goes out to his mother, whom he regrets not spending enough time with. Afterwards, he raps, “Sorry to the guys I had to hide,” as he apologizes to his past lovers for lying about his sexuality. Later, he raps, “I know I’m supposed to fight, but this ice shinin’ brighter than a black man’s plight,” as he apologizes to his ancestors for being too self-involved. Despite all these apologizes, Tyler makes it clear there’s one thing he’ll never say sorry for: his success.

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