Tyler, The Creator celebrated the fifth anniversary of Flower Boy on Thursday (July 21) by reflecting on his “favorite moments” on the album.
In a tweet to his 9.5 million Twitter followers, the GOLF le FLEUR founder showed love to tracks like “Sometimes…” and the closing three-song run of “November,” “Glitter” and “Enjoy Right Now, Today,” as well as more specific parts such as Estelle’s bridge on “Garden Shed.”
“my favorite FLOWER BOY moments,” he tweeted. “sometimes; music under first 4 bars of 2nd verse on pothole; “find the words ” section on garden shed; 2nd half of i aint got time; dropping seeds/november/ enjoy today as a whole; glitter 2nd half harmonies.”
The album as a whole clearly holds a special place in Tyler’s heart. “flower boy changed everything for me, thank you all for your ears,” he wrote in another tweet.
Tyler, The Creator continued the fifth anniversary celebrations on Instagram, sharing a slew of videos of the album’s creation and its rollout on his Instagram Stories.
Among them was a rehearsal of “911/Mr. Lonely” with Steve Lacy and Anna of the North ahead of their performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, his Flower Boy interview with comedian Jerrod Carmichael, and clips of A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, Jaden Smith and others recording their guest vocals in the studio.
Tyler also reposted a text message exchange with Pharrell where the N.E.R.D hitmaker congratulated him on “911/Mr. Lonely” topping Spotify’s Viral 50 chart.
Featuring appearances from Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean and more, Flower Boy marked a commercial and critical resurgence for Tyler, The Creator following the lukewarm reception to his previous album, 2015’s Cherry Bomb.
The project debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 — Tyler’s highest-charting effort at the time — and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. It has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In a 4.5 out 5 review, HipHopDX praised the album’s sonic cohesiveness, lyrical introspection and overall maturity, as evidenced in Tyler’s surprising allusions to his sexuality.
Flower Boy also laid the foundation for Tyler, The Creator’s continued success. His 2019 follow-up IGOR earned him his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as well as his first Grammy when it won Best Rap Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
Tyler repeated those feats with his DJ Drama-hosted, Gangsta Grillz-inspired CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, which arrived last June. The album’s coinciding tour further proved his commercial prowess, becoming the highest-grossing Hip Hop tour since the COVID-19 pandemic with over $32.6 million in ticket sales.
Revisit Flower Boy below.