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IGOR is the fifth studio album by Tyler, the Creator. It was released on May 17, 2019. The album features notable artists like Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, and Solange. The album follows Igor, who plays with the trope of the same name, as he falls in and out of love with a close friend. The album marks a shift in Tyler, The Creator's style. Rapping is undoubtably his strength, but the album stands more on pop and R&B-like vocals. It makes use of repetition and synths to help carry the listener through Igor's journey.

IGOR was released to widespread critical acclaim. Critics praised it for its narrative and ability to convey a range of emotion. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.


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Tracklist

  1. IGOR'S THEME
  2. EARFQUAKE
  3. I THINK
  4. EXACTLY WHAT YOU RUN FROM YOU END UP CHASING
  5. RUNNING OUT OF TIME
  6. NEW MAGIC WAND
  7. A BOY IS A GUN
  8. PUPPET
  9. WHAT'S GOOD
  10. GONE, GONE / THANK YOU
  11. I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE
  12. ARE WE STILL FRIENDS

This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Black Sheep Hit: The last song, "ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?", isn't pitch-shifted like the rest of the album.
  • Blasphemous Boast: This line from "WHAT'S GOOD":
    Hard to believe in God when there ain't no mirrors around.
  • Continuity Nod: A bridge from "IGOR'S THEME" is sped up from a track from Flower Boy, "Boredom".
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Referenced.
    I saw a photo you looked joyous
    My eyes are green I eat my veggies
    I need to get her out the picture
    She's really fuckin up my frame
    -New Magic Wand
  • The Igor: Deconstructed. The main character is meant to be one, as conveyed by creepy synths and references to Gothic villains, but the album fleshes out the effect this has on his emotional state and arc.
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  • Miniscule Rocking: "Exactly What You Run from You End Up Chasing", a 14 second interlude.
  • Questioning Title?: "Are We Still Friends?"
  • Straight Gay: Igor makes numerous allusions to being in love with a man, but the content and style of the music certainly aren't campy in any sense.

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