#SOTD: Tyler, the Creator – ‘Where This Flower Blooms’
There comes a time in every young adult’s life where they struggle. The weight of reality feels too strong for us to handle. We feel pressure to act and be a certain way, by people in our lives. We start to question who we are and whether we should change ourselves for the better. We try to grow into ourselves more comfortably and a song that may help you realize this, is Tyler the Creator’s Where This Flower Blooms.
I remember the first time I heard this song, it was towards the end of summer and my friends and I were driving back home from a trip. This song came up on shuffle and I was hooked. It strongly resonated with me as I’m still trying to find out who I am, trying to “bloom” if you will. The song certainly helps uplift me and bring me some form of confidence, specifically the bridge:
Run it, run it, run it, run it
I rock, I roll, I bloom, I glow (I glow)
We’re still growing and Tyler compares his growth, as a person and artist, to a flower blooming. It’s a process. It may take time and things may seem confusing along the way, but we can get to where we want to be and finally be comfortable with who we are. Tyler recounts his earlier life experiences before he became successful:
Ayo Let’s take it back to them days
Counting sheep on Sadie Hannah’s floor
Carpet was my baby mama
80 dollar profit from the coffee I poured
Here he raps about sleeping on his grandmother’s floor, cause he didn’t have a bed, and his time as a barista. These were low moments in his life, but through these moments, it has allowed him to grow into the person he is finally comfortable being. We don’t have to conform to anyone’s expectations of us. We should be who we are. He doesn’t want young black kids to be confused about who they are as they get older, as you can see:
Tell these black kids they could be who they are
Dye your hair blue, shit, I’ll do it too
Tyler, the Creator definitely lives up to his name. Other great songs from the album Flower Boy includes Boredom, See You Again, & 911 / Mr. Lonely.