Across all facets of the entertainment sphere, shock value has proved to be worth its weight in gold. The catalyst for legions of concerned parents and conservative moral outrage, it’s an age-old showbusiness trope that has played an instrumental part in the legacies of punk trailblazers, daring filmmakers and even the one-time agitator turned elder statesman Eminem. In the same vein as how a young Em used the debased and puerile to his advantage, a voyage into the darker underbelly of the psyche also propelled Tyler, The Creator on to the world’s stage.

Filled with nihilistic vitriol and brutal depictions of murder, rape and anything else that he deemed fitting, the man from Ladera Heights harnessed the galling power of his most depraved thoughts and positioned them at the forefront of his music. Tyler’s debut project Bastard, shared with the world on Christmas day 2009, set the tone for what was to come. A prodigious sonic feat cloaked in introspective and at times vengeful lyricism, the first instalment of the therapy sessions between Tyler– or his villainous alter ego Wolf Haley– and “DR.TC” would be the rebellious spark that put him and his Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All affiliates on the map.

Laden with poignant piano chords and warped synths, each track bristled with the sort of volatile energy that’s been insatiably attractive to receptive teenage minds since youth culture arose in the ’50s. Formed under the proviso that “I feel we’re more talented than 40-year-old rappers talking about Gucci,” the group would soon become synonymous with an anti-establishment spirit that was so neatly summarized on Tyler’s major label debut Goblin:

“Kill People, Burn Shit, F**k School.”