The overall story of Tyler, the Creator's newest album, IGOR, is something many have lived through: You fall for someone. They reciprocate but refuse to go all-in. So you exist in limbo, waiting on them to bring you heaven or send you to hell. Consumed by the lack of closure, you wallow, you hurt, you rage. But. Eventually. You come to your senses and move on.
Welcome to "IGOR: Tyler's Gothic Romance." These are the vital details for understanding the album—studied, analyzed, deconstructed, dissected, unraveled, and presented for your enjoyment.
From Death Rays to Light Beams
Tyler the Creator hasn’t always been a darling of hip-hop. For many years, he was the goblin. On this first episode, we take a look at the history of Tyler the Creator’s prominence as an artist.
IGOR and Themes
An overview of the main themes of IGOR and how they’re introduced.
IGOR & Showing vs. Telling
How showing vs. telling works in writing and specifically on IGOR.
Who and What Is IGOR?
A close examination of the Igor character. What his character journey is and the thematic relevance of the name.
The Song by Song Analysis
Let’s put everything together and explain all the details you need to know on IGOR to understand the character and the story.
IGOR: Tyler's Gothic Romance
Often, an album is an album. But sometimes an album is a movie. Every song like a scene. When you add them up, there’s a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Projects like this can be infinitely exciting—but also difficult. With a movie, it’s a series of physical actions that make logical sense. That’s easy to follow. With an album, you have to actively listen to every word and piece together poetic verse, emotion, metaphor, simple images, and music into a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. That’s not so easy.
But that’s why I'm here to help. My name’s Chris Lambert, and I explain art. On August 1, the Colossus network will release "Igor: Tyler’s Gothic Romance", where I'll delve into Tyler the Creator's latest album, IGOR. I'll explain the key components to understanding the album's narrative. From there, you can delve into the album with a fresh perspective and new insight about the story Tyler the Creator was trying to tell.
We hope you join us for this Colossus microseries—providing the insight you want, at a fraction of the time.