The 11 Most Infuriating Songs Of 2011, No. 8: Tyler, The Creator, "Bitch Suck Dick"

Mullets: Still funny in certain corners of the Internet.
The Song: Tyler, The Creator, "Bitch Suck Dick"
The Crimes: Ugh.

There really is no winning when one discusses the output of Tyler, The Creator, the leader of the West Coast hip-hop collective Odd Future, a skateboard-riding LA dude who this year showed the world that he loved the Neptunes and his mom as much as he adored getting attention for being "provocative" in ways that were codified by Malcolm McLaren way back before he was born (and that were subsequently furthered along by the likes of Fred Durst and the Insane Clown Posse). His role in 2011 was that of the foul-mouthed class clown who was seen by quite a few people as a cool bro, thanks to impeccable style coupled with an ability to rile up the squares—women, gay people, anyone who sympathized with either of those groups, etc. Cue the parade of fans, from critics to Justin Bieber to dudes on the Internet, lining up to try and get some shine from him, knowing full well that there was a good chance that telling him that they adored his work would get them spit and/or shit on. (Especially if they weren't famous.)

But isn't that punk rock, one might say? He's doing what he wants! He's being himself, man! I guess if your idea of "fighting the system" is taken entirely from a serious reading of the plot of PCU—or if you were, say, one of those music consumers who thought that calling a writer "an affront to the legacy of Lester Bangs" was the worst insult you could bestow—then maybe. But Tyler's act of getting attention for his violent outbursts and then claiming that no, he really has no problem with those people he's raving about in his lyrics and on his Twitter—why, some of his best friends are gay; also he loves his mom—is the worst kind of attention-porn, taking the idea of rebellion still fetishized by culture and the media and turning it into a club with which to both attack the expected targets and defend himself against any comers who just weren't cool enough, or who were too sensitive or vagina-having or interested in how words actually filter through and function in culture, to "get it." ("I think making a song about punching a bitch in the face is funny, because if you're a regular person, just hearing that is fucking crazy, and 90 percent of the people know I'm just fucking around," he told Spin. See? You just don't know him.)

So good was Tyler at twisting the discourse around him that "Bitch Suck Dick" is probably being cited as brilliant satire of commercial hip-hop by multiple people on the Internet right now, its mashed-banana keyboards and staccato yelling of its tautological chorus and outsized parody (?) of bitches-and-ballers boasting serving as some sort of heaping pile of judgment on the popular music of the day, the sort of stuff that's keeping Tyler's more sinister records from getting on the radio. And sure, the song is excruciating to listen to—good job, everybody!—but this explanation might work in full if Our Hero wasn't so excited about kissing the ass of every famous person who showed him some shine—with the exception of Chris Brown, of course. (A guy's gotta have some standards—if only for a minute or two.) At year's end, Tyler told Spin that he was bored with the whole violence thing and that he'd moved on to making "weird hippie music for people to get high to." (College!) Whether or not that groovy music will be punctuated by half-serious proclamations about asserting one's throbbing, strapping masculinity through a sucker punch remains to be seen, although just one song that did so would sure do wonders for dude's Annual Thinkpiece Quotient.

The 11 Most Infuriating Songs Of 2011
11. Kreayshawn, "Gucci Gucci"
10. feat. Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"
9. Katy Perry feat. Missy Elliott, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Remix)"
8. Tyler, The Creator, "Bitch Suck Dick"
7. Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger"
6. Bon Iver, "Holocene"
5. Rihanna, "S&M"
4. Brian McFadden, "Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar)"
3. [White Person], [White Person Cutely/"Seriously" Performing Urban-Radio Hit]
2. Lana Del Rey, "Video Games"
1. Jessie J, "Price Tag"

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