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Friday, December 2, 2011

Greatest Songs of 2011: #41: Tyler, the Creator - "Window (feat. Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats & Mike G.)"

Within the storyline that pretty much goes to shit on Goblin, “Window” is Tyler, the Creator’s intervention, in more ways than one. The idea of a posse track spelled trouble this far into an already shaky album, because, if you’ve been paying attention, the second tier members of Odd Future aren’t exactly Hemmingways. But, when Domo Genesis begins the track with a play on the first line in “Juicy” and that syrupy synth drone fills up your speakers, those doubts don’t really matter anymore as, for the first time in over 10 tracks, Goblin swallows you whole. Frank Ocean actually gets in the best lines, but all the track’s guests perform admirably before Tyler comes in and murders the competition (literally). After their effervescent verse, each guest asks the cosmos “Where we at?” which makes sense considering the track is a monster at eight minutes long. But you’ll wonder it too, as the track transports you to a place where image only holds so much clout and vulgarity is sometimes justified. Within the context of Goblin, you’ll wonder what could have been.


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