AOTY 2023
Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Ratings: #123 / 933
Year End Rank: #13
User Score
2017 Ratings: #9
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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.
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.

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.
So subdued, wistful, permissive, and relatable, are these songs—they are Tyler’s most refined to date. Collectively, they’re a kaleidoscopic sonic wonder.
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.
Pretty Much Amazing

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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.


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.

It is easily Tyler’s most accomplished album, mostly because he sounds confident in his own skin here.

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.

FLOOD Magazine

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

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.
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.


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.


Guess I'm gay now.


NOTE: Sorry for not posting a proper review in two months! I’ve been busy with finals for school, but now that that’s over, I’ve been struggling to write a review for this album. I mean, I love this album, and I’ve listened to it plenty of times. But, it’s hard to come up with the words for this one. Hopefully, my creative juices haven’t ran out yet. ALSO, THANKS FOR 1800+ FOLLOWERS! You guys are awesome, and I’m happy you’ve been so supportive of ... read more


discography dive - 3/5 (Tyler, The Creator)


Well, Flower Boy is certainly an improvement upon the two projects I've heard from Tyler previously (Cherry Bomb, Wolf). It's still pretty inconsistent (certainly a theme in his discography) but it's definitely worth a listen.

The songwriting from Tyler continues to impress me, and while I still feel some of the instrumentation is quite out of place, I think that the production and overall atmosphere created on this album completely overpower ... read more


With "Flower Boy," Tyler The Creator showcases his immense talent in production and world building. The stage is set with "Foreword" which utilizes a great Rex Orange County feature to express the hopeless nature of Tyler's character in the project. The second track, "Where This Flower Blooms" recruits Frank Ocean to set off the theme of growth in a great song.

"See You Again" is a beautifully crafted track that uses Kali Uchis' phenomenal vocals and ... read more


this album is very good. not all the songs are my favorite, (im not a big rap enjoyer) but the ones that i do like i can relate to and resonate with and it just makes my enjoyment of the song go up.

Favorites: Boredom, Glitter, November, 911/Mr. Lonely

Foreword - 90

Where This Flower Blooms - 91

Sometimes... - 95

See You Again - 94

Who Dat Boy - 85

Pothole - 93

Garden Shed - 96

Boredom - 98

I Ain't Got Time! - 70

911 / Mr. Lonely - 98 (911 - 95 and Mr. Lonely - 97)

Droppin' Seeds - ... read more

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Added on: July 6, 2017