Review of “IGOR” by Tyler the creator


Kat Kusion

Firefly Festival 2019

Tyler Okonma, also known as “Tyler, The Creator” is a hip-hop and R&B artist who produces, writes, and sings for most of the music on his discography. Tyler has seven albums spanning from 2007 to 2021.

“IGOR” came out in 2019 under the Columbia label and was produced by Tyler himself. The album runs over a total of around 40 minutes with 11 songs and one interlude.

The story of “IGOR” is set with Tyler being in a love triangle where he attempts to get with a male love interest, but this said love interest is still going back to his ex-girlfriend, thus creating the triangle with the man being torn between Tyler and his ex.

The first song, “IGOR’S THEME,” sets the tone of the album with a fuzzy synth beat. The rest of the album can be split into two sections. The first six songs discuss being in love with the male love interest while the second section talks about him wanting to move on and stop obsessing over him.

“EARFQUAKE” and “I THINK” both show Tyler’s emotions on how Tyler feels towards the man and how the relationship is becoming out of his reach. Tyler talks about him needing his love from the man and being fearful of him leaving.

“RUNNING OUT OF TIME” shows that Tyler is in a race to win over his love interest. It also shows the ex-girlfriend who Tyler believes to be a mask that the love interest uses to hide himself.

“NEW MAGIC WAND” has Tyler taking a different approach to getting rid of the ex-girlfriend with what is most like murder. The “Magic Wand” Tyler talks about can also be seen as a disguise for a weapon like a firearm. “NEW MAGIC WAND” shows just how jealous Tyler is of his ex-girlfriend.

“A BOY IS A GUN*” is when Tyler acknowledges just how dangerous his love interest is to him. He knows how bad his emotions are for him, but he cannot stop the feelings from taking over his thoughts. The end of the song shows him wanting it to end and to keep them as just friends.

The second part of “IGOR” starts with “PUPPET.” In “PUPPET,” Tyler is beginning to rid himself of the strings that were put on him from his love interest. He tries to stay calm but gets sour. Kanye West is used as Tyler’s inner voice and thoughts in this song.

“WHAT’S GOOD” shows Tyler opening his eyes and attempting to repair his ego after his heartbreak.

The longest song on the album, “GONE, GONE / THANK YOU,” consists of two different songs that tie together. He is ready to accept that he no longer loves that man and is happy now that he does not have to deal with him anymore.

After the “GONE, GONE” section comes Tyler’s acceptance of the end thanking the love interest for showing some interest back, even if they did not end up together. This ties into “I DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE” with Tyler talking more about accepting the outcome and coping with his heartbreak.

“ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” is the last song on “IGOR.” He wants to maintain friendship with the man. Tyler would rather get something out of the situation like friendship rather than have nothing at all from it.

The first six songs have Tyler running around and chasing his love hoping to create a romantic relationship. The second half of the songs highlight him continuing to chase his feelings away, using friendship as his only alternative so he can stay in contact.

The whole album is a great representation of topics like love, unhealthy obsession, and heartbreak. With an average rating being around 8/10 according to Pitchfork and Clash, it’s a great album to listen to if you are struggling with any of the topics it covers.