REVIEW: Tyler, the Creator’s B-Sides “The Estate Sale”

Back in 2021, Tyler, the Creator released one of his most popular and acclaimed albums yet, “Call Me If You Get Lost.” Now, nearly two years later, he’s released a deluxe version with eight new tracks titled “The Estate Sale.” These eight tracks are all from the “Call Me” era — they just never made it onto the official album.

Tyler stated that this was the first album where he had a lot of songs left on the cutting room floor, so he felt like the deluxe release was justified. I also think that this was a ploy to get people even more hyped for a full new album and era, as Tyler tends to release new material every two years or so.

These new bonus tracks are anything but scraps. Even if they’re labeled as throwaways, you can tell a lot of care was still put into each song. “The Estate Sale” starts off with a spoken word intro from Tyler and frequent collaborator on the original “Call Me” album DJ Drama titled “Everything Must Go.” It’s a 30-second nod and thank you to his fans and supporters and leads right into the first genuine song “Stuntman,” which features an infectious west-coast inspired beat and a little help from Vince Staples.

We then move on to my personal favorite track, “What a Day,” which features an angelic soul sample flip from the legendary producer Madlib. This track is also home to some of Tyler’s most personal bars to date about how he’s dealt with his celebrity status and how it’s changed him and his surroundings. “Wharf Talk” and “Boyfriend, Girlfriend” are the two that I’m still on the fence with. They both have a solid groove to them, but feel a bit rushed and unfinished. “Wharf Talk” technically features A$AP Rocky, but he’s only on the song for about 15 seconds so it feels more like an afterthought. And “Boyfriend, Girlfriend” just seems to lack charisma, and the mix definitely sounds the weakest out of the bunch, though I guess it is labeled as a demo, so what should I expect?

“Dogtooth” has only grown on me since its release, and it may be my favorite beat, chorus and overall vibe out of all the new tracks. “Heaven to Me” is another nice introspective moment for Tyler as he describes what this “heaven” to him really is and what he’ll do to get there.

I have to give the final track, “Sorry Not Sorry,” the most props, as it shows Tyler truly at his most vulnerable since “Flower Boy” and might even have many of the core album tracks beat with just how hard-hitting it is. Tyler dives into his regrets, past relationships and how fame has put a damper on parts of his personal life. It’s a grand, emotional sendoff and if you were to only listen to one song from this reissue, let it be this one.

I think what “The Estate Sale” proves is that Tyler is here to stay. Watching his growth as a rapper, artist and human being over the past decade or so has been nothing but gratifying. I think I speak for all fans when I say we’re eager and excited to see where he goes from here, and I expect nothing but brilliance.  My rating: 8.6/10