Goblin

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  • Summary: XL Recordings signed the founding member of the hip-hop group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All for a one-album deal to release his second solo effort.
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Yonkers
I'm a fucking walking paradox, no I'm not Threesomes with a fucking triceratops, Reptar Rapping as I'm mocking deaf rock stars Wearing synthetic wigs... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 91
    Too bad Kanye--who's also a fan--already used the title last fall, because Goblin is one Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
  2. May 12, 2011
    80
    Tyler, the Creator still achieves an engrossing dystopian vision of Hip Hop that refuses to compromise to what fans and industry critics demand of him.
  3. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    This album then delivers anger, honesty and arrogance, all in sporadic scatter-gun fashion: the overriding feeling is confused, uncertain, often unreasonable, but ultimately well intentioned.
  4. May 10, 2011
    70
    If Tyler's lyrics are early-Eminem evil, his offhandedly lush, left-field R&B-tinged tracks are like strips of light sneaking through the cracks of a lunatic's drawn blinds.
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    At first listen, you'll think this album is a disappointment and didn't live up to the hype. And maybe it didn't, but this isn't Bastard--it's an album with a much deeper theme and message, with just enough blood-thirsty lines and misogyny to hold the kids over.
  6. The Wire
    Aug 17, 2011
    60
    It's a shame that the the young skate rat seems to be so caught up in his own hype, as beneath the bluster and amped-up angst, there is something interesting going on. [Jul 2011, p.54]
  7. May 10, 2011
    30
    Goblin is the messy schizoid splatter painting of the child we've raised and ruined, and it's coherent only as a hopeless plea for us to expect nothing from him again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Oct 29, 2011
    10
    A creation of pure genius. If you listen to the lyrics and the message Tyler sends, it is not for the weak, but it is a strong messageA creation of pure genius. If you listen to the lyrics and the message Tyler sends, it is not for the weak, but it is a strong message opposing government, injustice, and the common word. Collapse
  2. Oct 6, 2013
    10
    The way he tells this story of himself (Tyler) and his split personality (Wolf Haley) is pure genius and should go down in history of storyThe way he tells this story of himself (Tyler) and his split personality (Wolf Haley) is pure genius and should go down in history of story telling in rap. Also a rap album without purely songs about weed and is always nice. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    9
    One of the best album of the year. Underground hip hop music is always the best hip hop and Tyler proves that. This album is on of the bestOne of the best album of the year. Underground hip hop music is always the best hip hop and Tyler proves that. This album is on of the best hip hop album in a while and one of the best abums of the year. EVery track on the album is something special. Other people may argue that there is too much profanity in this album and other may get offending by this album . This album isn't for people that is uptight if you not up tight then you could give this album a shot . If you are very religion pleas don't listen to this album because he take a lot of shot at god. Tyler the creator is a very good producer one of the best producer and director. The song Yonker is a very brilliant song and video. Most of the songs on the album is Hardcore Rap and Alternative Hip Hop. If you love hip hop music then i don't see o you cant love this album. I love the style of this album. Some of the songs seem like a movie. The songs tell stories. This is a album to get. I think hip hop fans and also fans of good music should give this artist a chance , maybe you will love it. I heard one song and i started to love this artist. OFWGKTA has a bright future ahead of them. Expand
  4. May 31, 2011
    8
    One of the most confessional albums in a while, "Goblin" could make a serial killer cringe. While some tracks are trying to be dark to oftenOne of the most confessional albums in a while, "Goblin" could make a serial killer cringe. While some tracks are trying to be dark to often and other tracks appear to be filler, tracks such as "Radicals," "Sandwitches," "Golden," and "Goblins" make this album worth it. Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2012
    8
    I respect Tyler alot for his hard work and the movement behind odd future & the alternative hip-hop genre. He took the genre where no one tookI respect Tyler alot for his hard work and the movement behind odd future & the alternative hip-hop genre. He took the genre where no one took it before. And thats why i respect him alot. Keep it up Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2012
    7
    The sequel to the excellent album Bastard has very similar production and rapping like on Bastard. Tyler is still talking to his therapist Dr.The sequel to the excellent album Bastard has very similar production and rapping like on Bastard. Tyler is still talking to his therapist Dr. TC and stills talks about rape just like on his first album. However, Goblin is to me is seen as the not as good version. The production on some songs is crappy and in some songs it sounds like Tyler is just talking about random things, but on the other hand Tyler has shown his skills as a producer and a rapper. Songs like Yonkers showed good production and insane rapping. For the most part, Goblin was a pretty good sequel to Bastard. Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. OF TAPE 2 is too swagged out for its own good. Its needlessly high on its own swag. It gets so into itself that it canâ Expand

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