AOTY 2022
Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Ratings: #125 / 921
Year End Rank: #13
User Score
2017 Ratings: #7
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic
While most of these songs are rife with anxiety and isolation, the open-hearted lyricism and wide-scoped productions, put together by an artist in peak form, make them immensely engrossing.
91
A.V. Club

On his fifth full-length project, Tyler Okonma has made himself more available than he’s ever allowed before. Better known as Tyler, The Creator, the 26-year-old has never sounded as vulnerable as he does on Flower Boy—or more in command of his talents, both as a rapper and a composer.

90
HipHopDX
Clocking in at 47 minutes, the album is both Tyler, The Creator’s shortest and most cohesive album to date and is full of introspective admissions that logically line up with his public character.
85
Pitchfork
So subdued, wistful, permissive, and relatable, are these songs—they are Tyler’s most refined to date. Collectively, they’re a kaleidoscopic sonic wonder.
85
Northern Transmissions
Recruiting some of the best names in R&B for an album that pulls from the genre’s glory days, Tyler may have put together his finest record in a decade.
83
Pretty Much Amazing

At its core, Flower Boy looks inward. Underneath the hardened, immature exterior lies an impressionable psyche that pines to be understood.

80
XXL

Since his Bastard mixtape dropped back in 2009, every two years, Tyler has progressively become a better writer, rapper and producer with each album. Flower Boy follows suit as Tyler delivers his most complete and sonicly appeasing album to date.

80
PopMatters
From beginning to end, he capitalizes on the neo-soul and jazzy elements he’s flirted with previously to create a smooth, conceptual, even cinematic album.
80
The Needle Drop

Tyler, the Creator blossoms as a rapper, producer, and lyricist on Flower Boy, his most beautiful and well-crafted album to date.

80
Slant Magazine
This is easily Tyler's most emotionally risky, and rewarding, work to date—and, in its own way, more transgressive than anything from Odd Future's punk-rap peak.
80
Highsnobiety

The apex of his musical output thus far, Flower Boy is Tyler’s chronicle of a conflicted artist still grappling with what it means to be an adult.

80
The Independent
As he suggests, this is a new, mature Tyler at work.
80
Crack Magazine

Flower Boy has arrived in the age of wokeness and Tyler has swapped antics for introspection, though still with the same button-pushing that hooked a whole generation of kids.

80
Clash
Lyrically, this feels like Tyler’s most accomplished album yet.
80
NME

Backed by a supporting cast of R&B superstars and bright newcomers, it’s a record of long, lazy summers; sitting back and staring at the clouds.

78
Paste

Flower Boy introduces us to a new Tyler that seems interested in cultivating lyrical and sonic beauty instead of testing his listeners’ tolerance for profanity.

75
Prefix
It is easily Tyler’s most accomplished album, mostly because he sounds confident in his own skin here.
70
The Young Folks
This album could have been an instant classic if a lot of the weaker moments weren’t so exposed but nonetheless, Tyler definitely shows a surprising maturity and growth (much like a flower) in his music.
70
FLOOD Magazine

On Flower Boy, Tyler, The Creator makes his strongest case yet that the music’s all that matters.

70
Exclaim!

Regardless of whether Tyler has fully matured as a person (spoiler: he thankfully hasn't), the growth exhibited with Flower Boy shouldn't go unnoticed. It's high time the naysayers stopped to smell the roses.

50
Consequence of Sound

As for the actual music involved in the release of Scum Fuck Flower Boy, it’s fine. It’s more of the same. It seems to be needing something more.

BradTasteMusic
85

I still find it funny how not even the biggest Tyler fans could have seen this one coming. One of those albums that so heavily delivers on the hype, that it feels impossible.

AZIZ
90

Guess I'm gay now.

MothaOfMotha12
75

igor >>> flower boy (try me bitch)

Gospel_II
100

I refuse to elaborate

garyshort
NR

Pretty pretty

9/10 :)

Anochel
98

MY FAVORITE BLACK MAN IS GAY

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Added on: July 6, 2017