Tyler, the Creator
Opera House, Toronto, ON, March 22
Inside, a writhing, churning all-ages crowd was so infatuated with Tyler, the Creator and the rest of the Odd Future crew's music that they're pogoing and crowd-surfing to Taco Bennett's DJ set, which includes Drake, Schoolboy Q, Chief Keef, Waka Flocka Flame, and a smattering of OF tunes, before Tyler's even taken the stage.
When Tyler sprints out with OF compatriot Jasper for a wild rendition of "French!" the crowd erupts. "What's up motherfuckers?!" he asks, and is greeted by a thousand gleeful middle fingers.
The dynamic between him and his fans is a wonderfully complex one — he's calling them "assholes" one moment, and wearing a fan's glasses for a song and then returning them the next — but when he plays his songs, it's simple: he raps, they scream every single word along with him.
Tyler played songs from across his catalogue, including "Tron Cat," VCR," "Orange Juice," and his his verses from posse cut "Oldie," but it was "Yonkers," whose first four bars were all shouted by the crowd with no aid from Tyler, and new single "Domo23" that provided the highlights.
A handful of new tunes from his forthcoming third solo album Wolf mid-set pleased fans despite the OF frontman thinking it "awkward" that the crowd slowed down their moshing in order to actually hear the new songs. So it was that by the end of the set, despite Tyler's voice being almost gone and his having to take a hit from his asthma inhaler, he implored the audience to gather up all the energy they had left for his final song.
UPDATE: Tyler played "Sandwitches" last. Please see the comments.
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