After coming through with his rendition of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” appearing as part of the soundtrack for Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier’s 2018 animation, Tyler, the Creator has now dropped a soundtrack for the Christmas themed film. The film is the second feature-length film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, following the first live-action movie of the same name in 2000.
The EP is comprised of six tracks, and has features from Ryan Beatty, Santigold, and Jerry Paper. On twitter, Tyler said that “Making Christmas themed music, but not making it too xmassy was the goal. I wanted them played in June too. Keeping 7 year olds in mind but also wanting the parents to listen also. I think I nailed it.”
Tyler, the Creator has rather a weird relationship with Christmas. He released his debut mixtape, Bastard, on Christmas Day in 2009, was arrested at Odd Future’s Christmas show for destroying equipment in 2011, and wrote a song called “Fuck Santa”… It wouldn’t be a weird accusation to say that he didn’t like Christmas. Maybe, Tyler relates to The Grinch in more ways than just the movie. This assumption would make sense considering he released a song called “Mr. Lonely” on his 2017 album Flower Boy. Yet, Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch sees him getting deep into the holiday spirit, and we love it.