I'm a newbie myself, so I don't really know. But I've listened to Tyler, The Creator's solo album Bastard, Earl Sweatshirt's solo album Earl, and a bunch of random cuts. They have a tumblr with a ton of free music on it.
I must admit I haven't really given them any attention. Where does a newbie start??
Wow, that Fallon performance was pretty intense! Pending conflicts, I'll definitely try and catch them.
This is the first single off tyler's upcoming album goblin, it's probably the best song they've done and the video is great
otherwise the list drew posted is all good but a lot of it is horrifically offensive (see Earl's song epaR...read it backwards...). That said, Earl and Tyler are easily the two most talented members of the band so if you're willing to confront that stuff it's definitely worth it. If you want something a little more accessible the mellowhype (hodgy beats and left brain) album blackenedwhite is really good. This is probably my favorite song off of that one:
but yeah as drew said all of their albums are available for free on their tumbler. Goblin comes out in April and that's gonna cost money
It's incredibly graphic and horrific stuff sometimes. It's offset, for me at least, by the pointed emotional quality of a lot of it (especially Tyler's stuff), and by their age.
I think the debate about whether someone should be allowed to rap about raping women and killing people has dried out - there's nothing new to be said, really. And while I obviously don't condone any of these things, I can't help but find this music and these characters fascinating. It's a true counter-culture, for one thing, and these guys are so wildly charismatic, for another. They're also sooooo young, it's obvious they're just reacting against the PC-quality of so-called hardcore rap, which is anything but hardcore, and that's a sentiment I can get behind.