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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
Wolf Haley, Golf Wang I'm a fucking walking paradox No I'm not threesomes with a fucking triceratops Reptar, rapping as I'm mocking deaf rock... 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: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  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. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2014
    10
    Must be understood in the context of Tyler's musical inspiration, such as surrealist rapper MF DOOM, who puts himself into absurd situations -Must be understood in the context of Tyler's musical inspiration, such as surrealist rapper MF DOOM, who puts himself into absurd situations - only Tyler does the same with intentional meaning. Look beyond whatever potential so-called "shock value" there is. 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. Jan 12, 2012
    8
    This is a good album. Why? It is one of my most original rap albums I've heard in years. Tyler is a different artist. Rap is infested now withThis is a good album. Why? It is one of my most original rap albums I've heard in years. Tyler is a different artist. Rap is infested now with stoner rap and Tyler doesn't do that(most of the time) This is the album that made him big and with Wolf, bigger. Expand
  5. Mar 30, 2013
    7
    this album is mostly just ok songs that try to be funny, but there are a few songs that Tyler actually tried on. and they're really good. shethis album is mostly just ok songs that try to be funny, but there are a few songs that Tyler actually tried on. and they're really good. she is practically perfect Expand
  6. Sep 4, 2011
    7
    This album is creative and original, but not better than his first album, Bastard. Bastard wasn't as personal, it was more of fantasies andThis album is creative and original, but not better than his first album, Bastard. Bastard wasn't as personal, it was more of fantasies and storytelling. Goblin was more personal, but it was still a good album. Au79 shows how Tyler is talented at producing. Yonkers is a gem along with She where Frank Ocean raps and sings, the man is awesome. Nightmare started off good but ended with the typical **** you" statements. Radials though was very different and awesome. Transylvania was creative with Dracula's sexual point-of-view. Sandwitches was a great "don't give a **** track and the rest were descent. Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2018
    2
    Tyler's 2nd album Goblin is characterised by some of his weakest production, flows and the excessive amounts of unnecessary shock humour.

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