A Boy is a Gun*
Updated: Aug 20, 2020
"Igor": Tyler, the Creator ft. Solange
Production: Tyler, the Creator
‘How come you’re the best to me/ I know you’re the worst for me/ Boy, you’re sweet as sugar diabetic to the first degree.’
Musically, Tyler is one eclectic mess and I am 100% here for that. The wildly diverse influences in his discography is just a small part of what makes him such a captivating artists and one of the leading voices of our generation. The musical palette of IGOR is one such example of his range and A BOY IS A GUN* shows off the soul influence in his body of work. Having already dabbled in chipmunk soul for Kanye’s Bound 2, Tyler takes the same Ponderosa Twins plus One sample and embeds it within a moody song, scoring his vulnerability in the presence of an ex-partner.
It has a flair for the dramatic - from Solange’s indulgent runs to Tyler’s overacting in the music video but really that’s what makes the song so likeable.
A boy is a gun. And the listener is invited to indulge in the theatrics of death.