There’s something to be said about watching an artist grow as a person and performer through their released works. Even more so when people like Tyler the Creator, who used the word “faggot” 213 times on his debut album Goblin back in 2011, seem to be going from one extreme to the other: spouting excessive anti-gay slurs one album, and potentially coming out on another six years later.
Featuring myriad impressive guests, Flower Boy (promoted as Scum Fuck Flower Boy) sees the Odd Future co-founder seeming to streamline his thought process when it comes to piecing together an album as a work of art. With appearances by Estelle, Jaden Smith, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, and Lil Wayne to name a few, we see less personal complaints on the album, and more relatable songs.
Then of course there’s the line in “Garden Shed” that had the internet’s collective heads turning earlier this week, where Tyler raps about “kissing white boys since 2004.” Taken by many as a soft coming out, even when paired with Flower Boy’s title and previous allusions to his sexuality, it’s hard to be sure. In a recent interview Tyler again said he was “into dudes,” but laughed off the remark and followed it by saying he was also “sexually attracted to vans” – like the cars.
It’s yet to be seen if Tyler will make a more direct and undeniable statement about his sexuality, but until that day comes you can stream Flower Boy, below.