Roskilde 2022: Tyler The Creator returns to Roskilde as a grown man

In 2011, when the fresh 20-year-old Californian prodigy The Creator debuted in under the auspices of the infamous Odd Future music collective, those present at the chaotic, cross-border show knew that they had witnessed a concert of historical dimensions.

Tyler himself rolled onto the stage in a wheelchair, his legs shattered from a recent injury, and the show was a heady, noisy affair that culminated in Tyler diving on stage (yes, in his wheelchair) into a crowd carrying him up for several minutes before the staff at the classic Cosmopol Stage had had enough and pulled the plug.

Fast forward 11 years and ’s performance – ultimately of this year’s veritable Orange Stage highlights in an amputated line-up after lockdown – was one that showed how far rap and neo-soul supremo Tyler has come since.

And yet, the cheeky, witty brilliance fused with razor-sharp lyrics and creative showmanship, which was one of Odd Future’s hallmarks, is still back, as Tyler is, as Tyler was then: a true performer and more.

Tyler 2.0 returns
When Tyler arrived 10 minutes late to greet an audience soaked in the evening , Tyler got a feel for things with a gently hoarse post that made him look somewhat dull and not quite ready.

With the screens next to the large Orange Stage fully focused on him, cast on a lush backdrop from a remote terrace carved from pure imagination, Tyler took what would become a familiar spot throughout the show on his stage and continued to woo the audience with his signature casual speech.

He casually presented himself (assuming there might be some present who did not know who he was) and what was going to happen. “In the next hour or so I’m going to jump around and sing for you – is that okay?” asked Tyler with a cocky panache that might sway a fan or two and project either huge confidence or lack of the same – or maybe even both.

A mixed bag of musical influences
And hop around and sing what he did, thrashing well-known bangers like ‘Lumberjack’ and the anthem ‘See you again’ – along with a couple of veritable memory lane classics all the way back to 2011 (and “the good memories” he had from here. )

However, the real draw came towards the end as Tyler, now very comfortable on stage, drifted between monstrous, mosh-pit heavyweights like ‘New Magic Wand’ and more calm tracks like ‘Earfquake’ between his fast. interactions with the crowd. There was also for a delivery of the reggae-like ‘Sweet / I Thought you Wanted to Dance’, which characterized his versatility, not that this was ever in doubt, on the cases.

There was a feeling that this may not be the last time we see Tyler at Roskilde – a place he loves to get to, according to his own statement several times during the show, even though he lives up to the cliché by addressing the audience as “”.

Source: The Nordic Page




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