As the year starts winding to a close, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series looks to continue in the trend of showcasing some absolutely phenomenal performances by some of the best artists of the year. For the past few months, they have been sharing some of the best Tiny Desk Concert performances all year. The newest one, featuring Tyler, The Creator was released today, and just further highlights this point.
Tyler is at the NPR music offices to promote his most recent album, Flower Boy. Released back in July, the new work sees Tyler at the peak of his creative career. The album has Tyler crafting some of the most nuanced and mature work he’s ever made. The wide majority of the new songs go into uncharted territory for Tyler, hosting some more R&B styled tunes as well as more experimental ones. It’s not only one of the best albums of the year, but easily the best thing Tyler has put out.
For Tyler’s Tiny Desk performance, the rapper takes on 3 tracks from Flower Boy. He’s backed up by an impressive group of musicians as they glide through album highlights “Boredom,” “See You Again,” and “Glitter.” Tyler’s performance is not only the first time he’s ever done a Tiny Desk concert, but it’s also the first Tiny Desk show to be recorded at night. Tyler wanted it this way so that he could control the lighting for the show, which works to bring the entire show to life.
Check out the entire performance right here.
Don’t keep putting off listening to Tyler, The Creator’s new album. Stream Flower Boy here.