Summer arrived early with the new music video for "OKRA," a track that Tyler, the Creator describes as a "throwaway."
On Thursday, March 29, the rapper dropped the single, his second since last year's Flower Boy, on all streaming platforms.
"back in [January] i made a song on some rap s*** before tour just talking," he said of the song on Twitter. "and like [4, 5] days ago, i was like yo man i should shoot something to this and just put it out for fun and move on with my life or it'll sit on my hard drive like alot of other things.'"
Tyler directed the music video under his pseudonym Wolf Haley. It features a split screen of the rapper, first in an idyllic nature scene, then in a room with strobing lights.
Watch "OKRA" below!
aint did a low budget video since bastard days okra full circle — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) March 29, 2018
According to GQ, he also debuted a new design for Converse: a silver pair of sneakers with a floral streak. Last year, he inked a deal with the shoe brand and subsequently designed "Converse x Golf Le Fleur," his own collection which featured flowers in pastel-colored sneakers.
The shoe briefly appears in the strobe light sequence around the 2-minute mark.
In addition, the 27-year-old also released a cover art for the track and shared the lyrics to his fans on Twitter.
OKRA pic.twitter.com/36h16YTkWQ — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) March 29, 2018
In "OKRA," the rapper makes pop culture references, mentioning Call Me By Your Name breakout star Timothée Chalamet and his Grammy nomination for Flower Boy earlier this year. He promised to promote the track for the next five days and then get on with his normal life.
Last year, Tyler, the Creator released another standalone track titled "ZIPLOC," a freestyle over Jay-Z's "4:44."
Tyler, The Creator Sued
In other news, the rapper whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma was slapped with a copyright claim over the 2015 single "Deathcamp." In documents obtained by The Blast, Ubiquity Recordings, Inc. claims that the cofounder of the supergroup Odd Future used the 1971 song "Why Can't There Be Love" to create "Deathcamp."
The record label which owns the classic track wants all profit from "Deathcamp" since it was first released in 2015 and over $750,000 statutory damages.
Tyler, the Creator is set to headline the upcoming AfroPunk Festival 2018 in Brooklyn alongside Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe in August.