Tyler, The Creator Makes Big Splash

On the evening Saturday September 7th at twilight, there were exactly two types of people in Cass Corridor: those who were attending the Jonas Brothers concert, and those who were attending the Tyler, The Creator concert. Despite our unwavering passion for Kevin Jonas in 2008, we are adults now. We put on our hippest clothes and headed to the world’s largest Masonic Temple where it just so happens that Tyler, the Creator was also playing. While few showed up for Tyler’s first opener, GoldLink, those who were seemed invested in his performance. Between him and the second opener, Jaden Smith, GoldLink was the more talented performer. While there is more to be said of GoldLink’s talent, we have much to say about Jaden Smith. Our excitement to see Smith rooted in childhood nostalgia, soon wore off after his set began. To be fair, we had not listened to much of his music since 2012. Nearly every one of his songs were indistinguishable from each other with the exception of “Summertime in Paris” off his most recent album, Erys. The song is catchy, light-hearted, and fun: a necessary break from the monotony. All in all, Smith’s performance was tolerable with the exception of the poorly executed ballad about the struggles of growing up in Calabasas, California. Jaden Smith played the guitar like he watched three Youtube guitar tutorials before the show and felt he was ready to play in front of a crowd of 4,000. 

While having to endure a less-than-satisfactory 45 minute set from Mr. Smith, we now know that it was just 45 minutes before our minds were blown. The show began with Tyler, in full IGOR attire, motionless, surrounded by the synth-y bass of “IGOR’S THEME.” Once the still and silent Tyler built up enough anticipation from the crowd, he broke out into “I THINK”. He followed with an instrumental version of “EARFQUAKE”, where the crowd filled in the lyrics alongside Tyler’s piano. Both Tyler and Smith asserted that Detroit was the best crowd on their tour so far. It should be noted that there have only been five shows so far. During the hour-long performance, Tyler played a set roughly equal in new music and old. We, along with the crowd, were pleasantly surprised by his inclusion of songs from Flower Boy and Goblin. He covered many fan-favorites such as “911/Mr. Lonely” and “She,” notably two of his most energetic performances. His electric stage presence never faltered and held the attention and enthusiasm of even casual fans. Tyler’s performance that night was near flawless with the exception of one tasteless comment at the beginning of the show. He joked that he was surprised that so many showed up to the show as he thought the city of Detroit was “just crackheads and empty buildings.” Regardless of this ignorant remark, we can confidently say this was a show we will never forget. 

 

--By Audrey Jacobsen and Tess Wakefield