Call Me If You Get Lost: The Estate Sale (REVIEW)

Call Me If You Get Lost: The Estate Sale (REVIEW)

Jadyn Hardy, Staff Writer

CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: The Estate Sale is the deluxe edition of Tyler, the Creator’s sixth studio album and was released on March 31st, 2023.

Call Me If You Get Lost (stylized in all caps) was created by American rapper, producer, and visionary Tyler, the Creator. Released on June 25th, 2021, this album marked a departure from the heartfelt, more soulful aesthetics of Igor (2019) and Flower Boy (2017) to favor more raw rhymes over brash, yet atmospheric beats. The album was narrated by DJ Drama, inspired by his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series. Featuring guest appearances from Brent Faiyaz, Youngboy Never Broke Again, Lil Uzi Vert, and Pharell Williams, this album seamlessly blends hip hop, pop, jazz, and reggae.

The original cover art depicts an identification card for a character named “Tyler Baudelaire”, in reference to the French poet Charles Baudelaire, whose work has often been regarded by music journalists as comparable to the explicit nature and themes of Tyler’s music. Tyler has had a very drastic evolution from an artist who was once very rough and vile to one who is sensitive and caring.

It is clear that Tyler is the most confident, pretentious, and “in his bag” he has ever been. He flaunts his cars and the level he has attained, while acknowledging his past and growth as a person. He has gained a new appreciation for the world around him, boasting about the excursions he has taken and this “new world” he has discovered. According to Matthew Ismael Ruiz of Pitchfork, the character that Tyler plays throughout the album, ‘Baudelaire’, is a proxy for Tyler’s newfound worldliness—and his inability to leverage that sophistication into the relationship of his dreams.

CMIYGL follows Tyler as he falls for a girl who is already taken. As the record progresses, his love for her grows deeper. On Track 15, WILSHIRE, a stripped down, one-take classic-style hip hop record, he lets everything out stating, “But s***, I’ll take my L tho, it’s not fun//You still got yo n**** and still had yo fun//S***, I can’t even look at you and think about bad words”. He also sings, “We straight like a bad perm//We’ll always be good friends//And laugh about this on a sunny beach while our back burns”. These lines show the point in which his love for this girl overtakes any bitterness he has, and his heart remains pure to her. He moves on and accepts the experience for what it is.

Call Me If You Get Lost was met with critical acclaim, debuting at number one on the Hot US Billboard 200. It won Best Rap Album at the 2022 Grammys, Tyler’s second win.

On March 27th, 2023, Tyler revealed The Estate Sale, which would include songs originally recorded for Call Me If You Get Lost that did not make the final cut. This included the song ‘Dogtooth’ (stylized in all caps), which was released on the day of the announcement alongside a music video. On Twitter, Tyler stated that “Call Me If You Get Lost was the first album I made with a lot of songs that did not make the final cut”. On March 29th, 2023, another single “Sorry Not Sorry” was released, alongside a music video. The Estate Sale is an eight-track offering and was officially released on March 31st, 2023, alongside the music video for the track ‘Wharf Talk’, which featured A$AP Rocky.

Call Me If You Get Lost: The Estate Sale is a classic example of a deluxe album done right. It elevates the listening experience of the record, featuring guest appearances from YG, Vince Staples, and A$AP Rocky. The spring-themed, breath of fresh air ‘WHAT A DAY’ , produced by underground hip-hop legend Madlib, creates an earthy atmosphere that Tyler flows effortlessly on.

On ‘Wharf Talk’, Tyler brings back the soulful, loving singing from his ‘Igor’ era to frolic in the vast fields of love. Tyler teams up with Vince Staples to create an authentic mosh pit bounce record on ‘Stuntman’.

Tyler delivers expressive, intimate lyrics on ‘HEAVEN TO ME’, in a one-take style similar to ‘WILSHIRE’ on a Kanye West-produced beat that originally samples John Legend’s 2006 track ‘Heaven’. Tyler tweeted about the track, “John Legend’s Once Again album is special to me. this kanye beat leaves me speechless, i had to, such a warm sound, another hand held mic one take. beat felt like a highlight reel of my life so i leaned on it”. On April 3rd, 2023, Tyler dropped a sun-soaked visual which found the California rapper meandering around his property with a mic in hand.

On Track 8 of The Estate Sale, ‘SORRYNOTSORRY’, Tyler is at his most introspective. The music video opens with a shot that features all of Tyler’s past personas. From Bastard to Igor, Tyler stands alongside each of his past eras. He apologizes to his family and his old friends. “Sorry to my old friends//The stories we coulda wrote if our egos didn’t take the pen”. He also apologizes to his mom for the things he did in his early career. Referencing OFWGKTA and discussing his battles with accepting his sexuality, Tyler takes a deep look into the mirror addressing his past and slowly starts bragging more and more about how far ahead he is of his peers.

An Estate Sale is a sale or auction of a substantial amount of the materials owned by a person who is recently deceased or who must dispose of their personal property to make a move. This is conveyed throughout the ‘SORRY NOT SORRY’ music video, as a shirtless character representing Tyler himself takes off each alter ego one by one. In the ending scene, Tyler is beating Baudelaire, his most egotistical character. After years of cognitive dissonance and arrogance, Tyler has finally defeated his biggest enemy: himself.

This deluxe album is entitled ‘The Estate Sale’ to symbolize the closing of an era. At the end of the song, DJ Drama affirms, “I guarantee another era is upon us//So once again, we gone”, which reinforces the conclusion of the CMIYGL era that Tyler has been illustrating since the beginning of the rollout for ‘The Estate Sale’.

From passionate melodies to gritty raps, Tyler has taken this album to another level cementing himself as one of the greatest rappers of our generation.

It is easy to appreciate this new wave of rappers being more vulnerable and transparent. The introspective aspect of this record reminds me of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr Morale & Thé Big Steppers’ in some ways. Though, Tyler is no stranger to being open with his music and is known for breaking a lot of toxic societal norms when it comes to masculinity, from his fashion to his music.

Tyler, the Creator is a visionary and creates entire worlds with every album . ‘The Estate Sale’ is a phenomenal deluxe release with fresh, immersive tracks and atmospheric beats. The project deserves a 9 out of 10- get lost in this album at least once.