Tyler, the Creator | 2011
Tyler, the Creator opens his debut album with “Yonkers,” a disturbed confessional told through his alter ego Wolf Haley. The head of the Odd Future collective fantasizes about stabbing Bruno Mars in his “goddamn esophagus” among other deviant acts of vengeance. “That’s me and him going at it in my head,” Tyler told the Swedish Web site PSL about the song’s tussle with his alter ego. “Every line that I say is like contradicting itself.” The song capped off a year of hype after Odd Future’s self-produced mix tapes hit the Internet and the artist was criticized for misogynist and homophobic lyrics.