Bastard (Tyler, the Creator mixtape)

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Mixtape by
ReleasedDecember 25, 2009
GenreHip hop, horrorcore
ProducerTyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator chronology

Bastard is the debut mixtape by American rapper Tyler, the Creator.[1] It was self-produced by Tyler, the Creator, and was first self-released on December 25, 2009.[2][3] Due to its free online release and lack of retail availability, Bastard is commonly considered a mixtape, although Tyler himself refers to the project as his debut album.

Concept and content[edit]

The songs were written and recorded by Tyler from 2006 through 2009, and released on December 25, 2009.[3] Tyler produced most of the mixtape using FL Studio.[4]

Bastard features Tyler speaking to a character named Dr. TC, who acts as Tyler's therapist and guidance counselor. The title track contains Dr. TC hinting that Tyler's then-upcoming debut album, called Goblin (2011), will be an additional session with him, stating that there would be three sessions. Both songs "Odd Toddlers" and "Slow It Down" were previously released on The Odd Future Tape (2008). The chopped and screwed version (which was hosted by fellow rapper and label-mate Mike G) was released for free online.[5] On December 25, 2010, one year after the album's initial release, Bastard was re-released with Brandun DeShay's verse on "Session" being replaced with a verse from Mike G, due to a dissension between Tyler and DeShay. The project is now made available on Odd Future's online music store, with DeShay's vocals returning to that same track. Tyler later announced intended plans on re-releasing Bastard in a remastered physical form through Odd Future Records. However, since this announcement, nothing has materialized.[6]

Reception and controversy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores

Bastard received critical acclaim, and was ranked at number 32 on Pitchfork's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2010,[9] while the single "French!" was ranked at number 61 on Pitchfork Media's list of the Top 100 Tracks of 2010.[10]

The mixtape, alongside Tyler's debut album Goblin, caused controversy among members of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, which led to Theresa May, who was Home Secretary at the time, imposing a ban on Tyler from entering the country for three to five years.[11] The ban was met with uproar, which was revisited when May was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Tyler and many of his fans believe the ban was racially motivated, with Tyler stating he felt he was being treated "like a terrorist", and that they did not like the fact that their children were idolizing a black man.[12] The ban was lifted in May 2019.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Tyler, the Creator.

1."Bastard"Tyler Okonma6:09
3."Odd Toddlers" (featuring Casey Veggies)3:36
4."French!" (featuring Hodgy Beats)4:03
6."Pigs Fly" (featuring Domo Genesis)3:35
8."Slow It Down" (featuring Hodgy Beats)
  • Okonma
  • Long
9."AssMilk" (featuring Earl Sweatshirt)3:40
10."VCR / Wheels"Okonma3:28
11."Session" (featuring Hodgy Beats, brandUn DeShay and/or Mike G)3:35
13."Jack and the Beanstalk"Okonma3:51
14."Tina" (featuring Jasper Dolphin and Taco)
Total length:55:50
  • "Blow" contains additional vocals from Syd tha Kyd
  • On December 25, 2010, one year after the album's initial release, it was re-released with brandUn DeShay's verse on "Session" replaced by a verse from Mike G. However, in 2012, the album was re-uploaded to the official Odd Future website with both DeShay and Mike G credited on the song.
  • "VCR" contains uncredited vocals from Earl Sweatshirt
  • "Inglorious" contains uncredited vocals from Hodgy Beats
Sample credits
  • "Seven" contains a sample from "The Sweetest Pain" by Dexter Wansel
  • "Odd Toddlers" contains a sample from "Huit Octobre 1971" performed by Cortex
  • "Jack and the Beanstalk" contains a vocal sample from "What More Can I Say" performed by Jay-Z
  • An MF Doom beat is used in "Odd Toddlers"


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  2. ^ "OFWGKTA: Tyler Creator – BASTARD". February 24, 2010. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Cakes & Brains: Tyler, The Creator Presents:BASTARD". December 25, 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
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  5. ^ "The Odd Future Wolf Gang Bible «". Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  6. ^ wolfhaley. "will BASTARD ever be physically re-released? | Formspring". Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Marsh, Calum (October 8, 2010). "Tyler, the Creator: Bastard (Self-released; 2010)". Archived from the original on August 24, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Baker, Ernest (March 11, 2013). "The 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes". Complex. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2010". Pitchfork. December 16, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2010". Pitchfork. December 13, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  11. ^ "Tyler The Creator Banned From U.K., Forced To Cancel Shows". August 26, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo (September 1, 2015). "Tyler, the Creator on being banned from the UK: 'I'm being treated like a terrorist'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Creator, Tyler, The (May 18, 2019). "LONDON; IGOR; 3PM; WILL UPDATE YOU LATER WITH". @tylerthecreator. Retrieved June 30, 2019.