Just saw the new Mark Ryden album cover for Wolf, a new release from the rapper Tyler, The Creator. The cover art is classic Mark Ryden, a simple image of Tyler as a boy on a bike in the woods, with a little signature baby head on a tree trunk in the corner. It is interesting that a rapper (with the reputation that Tyler has) to be portrayed in such a vulnerable and innocent way. And since Tyler is only 22 years old, maybe the boyhood imagery is a statement on letting his former youthful transgressions be bygones and starting out afresh.
It is scheduled to be released today and will feature three different cover designs. The deluxe edition version of the album features a fold-out poster of the full album cover art designed by Ryden, a limited embroidered patch, a Wolf calendar and a 24-page booklet featuring lyrics and artwork.
Criticized in the past for lyrics with imagery depicting rampant drug use, systemic violence against women, and any number of other distasteful things – apparently Tyler is (thankfully) taking a new direction.
“Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn’t interest me anymore… What interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to. With Wolf, I’ll brag a little more, talk about money and buying shit. But not like any other rapper, I’ll be a smart-ass about it. People who wanted the first album again, I can’t do that. I was 18, broke as fuck. On my third album, I have money and I’m hanging out with my idols. I can’t rap about the same shit.” - Tyler, The Creator, quote Via Hypebeast
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