“IGOR”: What does it mean?

A breakdown of Tyler, The Creator's newest album

Album cover

The album cover of Tyler, The Creator's newest album, "IGOR". Photo via Columbia Records.

George Price, Staff Reporter

“On midnight of May 17th, Grammy-nominated artist Tyler Okonma or Tyler, The Creator released his sixth album titled “IGOR,” named after the infamous movie character that was seen in many horror movies as a monster. At surface value, this album is a work of art, sonically and aesthetically, featuring artists such as Kanye West, Solange, and Playboi Carti. But, lyrically, I’ve found that there seems to be a theme that is presented throughout the album.

Within the first song titled “IGOR’S THEME,” we soon gather an idea about what Tyler is basing his album off of. Throughout the song, we mostly hear the lyrics “Ridin’ round town, they gon’ feel this one” and “Got my eyes open.” The first line connects us to the second song, “EARFQUAKE” where the chorus is “Cause you make my earthquake, oh, you make my earthquake/riding around, your love is shakin’ me up and it’s making my heart break.”

In this lyric is where we catch a glimpse on what “IGOR’s” theme really is; it’s about Tyler’s new-found love for someone and the heartbreak of the end of his relationship.

The second line is then seen towards the second half of the album, in the song “WHAT’S GOOD” in the final line of the last verse where he says, “And I got my eyes open, now I see the light.” Thematically, this is the conclusion that Tyler starts to realize which is that he has comes to his senses and he makes the decision to move on past the relationship. In the tenth song “GONE, GONE / THANK YOU” he repeats the lyric “My love is gone” as the chorus which is an addition to his realization. The title is almost self-explanatory for Tyler in that he accepts the loss of his love and he is thanking his ex-partner for the experiences.

The next two songs that follow after are “I DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE” and “ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” where he titularly and lyrically explains the “moving on” stage of his heartbreak and the friendship that he wants to maintain with this person.

“IGOR,” for me, has become an instant R&B/Jazz/Synth classic that deals with the loss of love and the stages of heartbreak that can be thematically relatable amongst many people.