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Goblin by Tyler, The Creator
Released: May 2011
Label: Xl
Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator begins Goblin by warning, "I'm not a role model." He then flips lyrics about rape and cannibalism and threatens to snort Hitler's ashes. His blasphemous words aren't as important as the strikingly bleak electronic bleeps he produces and his violently depressive mood. Goblin is structured as a therapy session, and he's most sympathetic when discussing unrequited love on "Her." Those moments of clarity are few. Being a goblin is central to his identity, and he seems content to "bust one in they mouth/ I know they'll feel the flavor."
Mosi Reeves

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