Judging from the lyrics, Tyler, The Creator offers a brave revelation that he’s gay on his leaked album Scum F–k Flower Boy.
The record isn’t meant to drop until July 21, his first since 2015’s Cherry Bomb, but it mysteriously surfaced onto the Internet weeks ahead of schedule. Fans are speculating whether the rapper is coming out of the closet – a huge contrast to 2011’s Goblin where he used anti-gay language more than 200 times.
On a song titled “I Ain’t Got Time,” Tyler raps that he’s “been kissing white boys since 2004.”
In, “Garden Shed,” Tyler laments his struggle of coming out. “Them feelings I was guardin’, heavy on my mind/All my friends lost, they couldn’t read the signs/I didn’t wanna talk and tell ’em my location, and they ain’t wanna walk/Truth is, since a youth kid, thought it was a phase, Thought it’d be like the Frank; poof, gone, but, it’s still goin’ on,” he raps.
In the album’s opener, “Foreword,” Tyler raps about using girls to upkeep his heterosexual persona. “Shout-out to the girls that I lead on / For occasional head and always keeping my bed warm / And trying they hardest to keep my head on straight.” And on “I Ain’t Got Time,” Tyler’s bars seem to be even more transparent: “Next line, I’ll have ’em like whoa / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004,” he raps.
Prior to the leak, Tyler had already released “Who Dat Boy” and “911/Mr. Lonely.”
On Scum F–k Flower Boy, Tyler is finally embracing who he is, but it wasn’t always the case. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, the reporter couldn’t help but notice the rainbow flags.
“For the past two days I’ve wondered, is Tyler actually gay? I cannot emphasize how much gay humor plays a role in the atmosphere around him. It’s like a continuous loop of the “You know how I know you’re gay?” scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” the writer said. “Never more than a few minutes pass without him saying he’s going to suck someone’s dick or him accusing someone of wanting to suck dick. At one point on the bus, he recalls sending nude photos to a group chat with his friends and no one responded. ‘My friends are so used to me being gay,’ Tyler says, ‘they don’t even care.’ I finally ask, Why all the gay humor? ‘Because I’m gay as f–k,’ he says, without a flinch. Seriously, are you gay? Are these repressed feelings? ‘No, but I am in love with ’96 Leonardo DiCaprio,’ he says. ‘I one hundred percent would go gay for ’96 Leo. Oh, and Cole Sprouse.’”
If Tyler is indeed coming out and embracing who he really is, which seems to be the case, major props. The music industry needs this.