CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: The Estate Sale is an instant classic


Lucas Parent, Lion's Roar Staff

     Following the releases of two singles, “DOGTOOTH” and “SORRY NOT SORRY,” Tyler the Creator made his triumphant re-entrance into the hip-hop scene with a new album building on his earlier work, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST.

     Upon initial release, in the summer of 2021, the album was a 16-track studio classic featuring themes of tropical voyage and exploration. The album was chock-full of features; 42 Dugg, NBA Youngboy, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Teezo Touchdown, Domo Genesis, Brent Faiyaz, Fana Hues, Daisy World, Lil Uzi Vert, and Pharrell Williams all made an appearance. Additionally, the album saw great success. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and several songs ascended the Billboard charts. “WUSYANAME” spent seven weeks on the list, peaking at 14th. “LUMBERJACK,” “JUGGERNAUT,” and “HOT WIND BLOWS” all peaked in the top 50. 

     Earlier this week, the man who adapted the alter ego of Sir Tyler Baudelaire on the initial release of his most recent studio album, announced his new project, titled CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: The Estate Sale. 32 minutes later, he returned to Twitter to release a single titled “DOGTOOTH,” and followed it up with another single, “SORRY NOT SORRY,” two days after his initial announcement. At midnight on Friday morning, the new project hit streaming services. The new album featured eight new tracks, mainly songs that did not make the cut for CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST. Several artists have used this strategy in the past decade; Kendrick Lamar released untitled unmastered in 2017, which “cleared his inventory” before the 2017 release of his critically acclaimed album DAMN. This trend, not just limited to Lamar, has fans wondering if Tyler will follow this trend and maintain his pattern of biyearly studio albums. 

     The new music kicked off after the original 16 tracks of CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST. Track 17, titled “EVERYTHING MUST GO,” is a simple interlude between the two groups. The following track, “STUNTMAN,” features Vince Staples.

     Track 19, debatably the best of the new works, saw Tyler rap over production courtesy of Madlib. “WHAT A DAY,” features a braggadocious Tyler referencing how he connects to the age-old saying “big shoes to fill”: “Tell me the highs of the valley that your boots stood at/You couldn’t fit in my loafers if you took a steroid.”

     In track 20, “WHARF TALK,” Tyler connects with an old friend, A$AP Rocky. The two have collaborated on several works, most recognizably “Potato Salad.” Following the collaboration, the earliest released track, “DOGTOOTH,” was next in line. The song may have hinted at another tour in the near future: “Five, six, seven is the feature for a tracklist.” On Tuesday, the track was supplemented with a music video.“HEAVEN TO ME,” is among the most noteworthy tracks in Tyler’s discography in terms of production, being produced by John Legend and a now forgiving Kanye West. In this track, Tyler sings in an upbeat manner, featuring a refrain that mirrors this effect: “That’s heaven (heaven only knows)/ That’s heaven to me, yeah/ What’s heaven to you, yeah?/ That’s heaven to me, yeah/ What’s heaven to you? To y’all/ Because that’s heaven to me, aw-aw.” 

     The second to last track on the new project, “BOYFRIEND, GIRLFRIEND [2020 Demo],” features a hopeful Tyler, yearning to be loved after having several different acquaintances over the course of the album. This trend is best explained in the latter portion of the song, with Tyler claiming, “Let’s go out/ I’m looking for somebody.”

     Finally, “SORRY NOT SORRY,” another early single, presented an apologetic Tyler yearning for reconciliation before suddenly recanting his feelings over the course of the song. The music video, also discoverable on Youtube and Twitter, shows several different versions of Tyler, representing his previously released studio albums. A “new era” Tyler concludes the music video by attacking the CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST Tyler, paving the way for yet another new phase in Tyler’s ongoing career. 

     Overall, fans have a good amount to be pleased about between the eight new tracks released on CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: The Estate Sale.