Tyler, The Creator Rejected By Justin Bieber, Shows Teeth With ‘Wolf’ Set

In what isn’t some late April Fools’ joke, Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator recently revealed that he and his OF associate Frank Ocean wrote a song for Justin Bieber that didn’t make the cut.

The song, which would have been featured on Bieber’s Platinum-selling Believe, was rejected by Bieber.

“I’ve got so many beats and songs, but no one’s giving me a chance yet,” Tyler told Billboard. “I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He’s one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter.”

That’s the same Bieber who told British magazine Q last year that, though Tyler’s his “boy,” he “doesn’t get the whole, you know, demonic thing.”

The 22-year-old rapper, who produces his music and serves as the artistic brain of his own brand, has aspirations to become a big name producer, according to Billboard. For now, he’ll be collaborating with Miley Cyrus for her upcoming album, and he’s created Camp Flog Gnaw, which provides Tyler’s services to companies looking to engage a younger demographic. The creative outlet has already spawned a series of Tyler-helmed commercials for Mountain Dew, which star a goat named Felicia.

Wolf, the follow-up to Tyler’s acclaimed 2011 Goblin, was released on Monday (April 1), a day earlier than planned due to a leak that sprung last week. In response, Tyler tossed up the album for free streaming and released the album digitally Monday — similar to the story of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, which dropped early after the singer’s controversial Tumblr post revealing he was bisexual.

As with the haunting and politically incorrect Goblin, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200, Wolf certainly doesn’t recall the type of music one would hear on a Justin Bieber record. Though lacking some of the louder, angrier material of its predecessor, Wolf is expansive, meandering and still features the similar stripped-down beats and profanity-laced lyrics that put the rapper on the radar, but also represents even more introspective songs and material from Odd Future’s frontman. The album features guest spots from Ocean, Pharrell Williams and Stereolab‘s Lætitia Sadier.

Unsurprisingly, on this set, Justin Bieber is nowhere to be found.

–Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com


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