Outside Lands 2021 headliner Tyler the Creator review

Unlike dueling headliner The Strokes, Tyler the Creator had a few very good things to say about San Francisco and his first time at Outside Lands.

“This s — t is beautiful. The fog came in and s — t, n—, it s — t is sweet. Trees. It’s n — si the crowd, it’s usually only white people, but it’s n — s here. I feel safe, “he said.

Tyler, The Creator starring on the Twin Peaks stage in Outside Lands, Friday, October 29, 2021.

Tyler, The Creator starring on the Twin Peaks stage in Outside Lands, Friday, October 29, 2021.

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He opened his set on the Twin Peaks stage with the sleek jazz theme that serves as an interlude on his new album “Call Me If You Get Lost”, and then switched to “Corso”, which was marked by eruptions of fireworks ( fans were warned about them in advance on stage screens).

Tyler was not accompanied by a band, but the Odd Future alum has grown to a bonafide superstar status who is easily able to own the stage all alone. A photorealistic background that at times resembled a Mac OSX home screen set an understated and whimsical tone. Perhaps the most energetic moment happened during “Lemonhead” when Tyler jumped on top of a speedboat that jumped violently on hydraulics while hanging on the steering wheel. A camera image from the front of the boat streamed a shocking close-up on the screens to fans further away.

Tyler, The Creator starring on the Twin Peaks stage in Outside Lands, Friday, October 29, 2021.

Tyler, The Creator starring on the Twin Peaks stage in Outside Lands, Friday, October 29, 2021.

Charles Russo / SFGATE

Tyler played songs across his discography, including several from his Odd Future days and the 2017 album “Flower Boy,” which he said was a turning point for him musically. “I found out on that album. I really found out. Could I do anything more from that album? Honestly, of course you would all say yes, because that’s good, I just wanted to feed my ego,” he joked.

The one slightly scary moment in the set took place during “Can I Get A Kiss”, in an interlude where Tyler led the audience in a song about “San Fran”, a nickname lamented by many locals as just a cheesy moniker used by tourists. After an initially flawed response, the audience played along, which perhaps for the first time in history made a full throat of “San Fran” sung by thousands of people sound over Golden Gate Park.

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