Tyler, The Creator aims to offend

He’s the hip-hop equivalent of a wrestling heel, a knowing, self-aware antihero eager to play the role of the bad guy.

Meet Tyler, The Creator, rap antagonist, the genre’s willing supervillain.

The 23-year-old dares you to like him: His Twitter handle features an expletive that rhymes with “truck” directed at himself.

He’s been branded a racist, homophobe and misogynist and, like a young Eminem, revels in those labels, encouraging them and the outrage they come attached with.

So, why does anyone pay attention to his orchestrated provocations?

Two reasons: 1) because he’s skilled at voicing them, his delivery equally animated, smooth and inventively obnoxious; and 2) because it’s all little more than theater, his words far too outrageous to actually outrage.

Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at jbracelin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0476. Follow on Twitter @JasonBracelin.

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