Boredom (Tyler, the Creator song)

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"Boredom"
Single by Tyler, the Creator featuring Rex Orange County and Anna of the North
from the album Flower Boy
ReleasedJuly 11, 2017
Genre
Length5:21
Label
Songwriter(s)Tyler Okonma
Producer(s)Okonma
Tyler, the Creator singles chronology
"911 / Mr. Lonely"
(2017)
"Boredom"
(2017)
"I Ain't Got Time!"
(2017)
Rex Orange County singles chronology
"Never Enough"
(2017)
"Boredom"
(2017)
"Edition"
(2017)
Anna of the North singles chronology
"Someone"
(2017)
"Boredom"
(2017)
"Money"
(2017)

"Boredom" is a song by American rapper Tyler, the Creator from his fourth studio album Flower Boy (2017). It is the second single from the album, and was released on July 11, 2017.[1] The song features English singer Rex Orange County and Norwegian singer Anna of the North, as well as addition vocals from British singer Corinne Bailey Rae.[2]

Composition[edit]

Produced by Tyler, the Creator, instrumental of the song opens with a guitar strum, followed by drum rolls and waves of electric organ.[3] Tyler expresses a multitude of feelings that go along with his boredom, such as anger, confusion, sadness and self-doubt.[4][5] In an interview with comedian Jerrod Carmichael, Tyler spoke about him writing the song:

I wrote that 5pm on a Saturday, laying on my back, looking so bored. It was nothing to do. No one was hitting me back. Jasper was in the other room, bored out of his mind but I didn't see him all day. My room was warm as hell because I like the heater on and it was nothing to eat but dry cereal. And I'm sitting there like what the fuck am I gonna do? I literally wrote that verse in like ten seconds.[6]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak

position

New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[7] 10
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[8] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Position
Portugal (AFP)[9] 2212

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 40,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weinstein, Max (July 11, 2017). "Tyler, The Creator Releases New Song 'Boredom' - XXL". XXL Mag.
  2. ^ Craighead, Olivia (July 11, 2017). "Tyler, The Creator Shares "Boredom"". The FADER. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  3. ^ Listen to "Boredom" by Tyler, the Creator, retrieved 2020-08-24
  4. ^ Subbarao, Mohith (2020-01-30). ""Boredom": Tyler, The Creator's Flower Boy is an Exploration of Existential Dread". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  5. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2017-07-12). "Hear Tyler, the Creator's Laid-Back New Song 'Boredom'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  6. ^ Burney, Lawrence (January 23, 2018). "Watch an Extensive Interview With Tyler, the Creator on 'Flower Boy'". www.vice.com. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  7. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 24, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "Tyler, the Creator – Chart History: Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Top AFP - Audiogest - Top 3000 Singles + EPs Digitais" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  10. ^ "Canadian single certifications". Music Canada. September 25, 2019.