Tyler, The Creator often mixes his music with other forms of entertainment, and now he's created new music for one of the most popular movies of the holiday season. The rapper released Music Inspired By Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch this week, along with two other songs for "The Grinch."
"The Grinch" is another remake of the classic Dr. Seuss tale "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" with "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch providing the voice of the new Grinch. Tyler, The Creator was already featured on the film's soundtrack album with two songs: an original called "I Am The Grinch" and a cover of the holiday classic "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." You can listen to the latter by playing the video above.
But Tyler had a few other ideas, too, and so he dropped a six-song EP this week with even more Grinch-themed music.
Music Inspired By Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch includes the songs "Whoville," "Lights On," "Hot Chocolate," "Big Bag," "When Gloves Come Off" and "Cindy Lou's Wish," all of which are little slices of Seuss-inspired awesomeness; as Rolling Stone reports, no song is longer than two and a half minutes, but Tyler packs a lot into every one of them.
"Lights On" is a bouncy holiday tune with Tyler, The Creator swag, while "Big Bag" even finds him talking about how he always knew there wasn't a Santa Claus. The EP is holiday music with a rap twist and the perfect antidote for all the Christmas songs that fans have heard hundreds of times before. It's not quite as adorable as when Tyler, The Creator rapped Dr. Seuss while in a Cat in the Hat costume on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," but it's pretty close.
This isn't the first time that he has used his talents in multiple ways; he signed a contract to produce TV projects with Sony just a few months ago. He's also previously worked on TV shows for Adult Swim. But this might be Tyler, The Creator's best crossover yet, because it's not only inspired by "The Grinch" but also inspiring. It's charming and some of the most interesting holiday music that's been released in a long time. Whether music fans are going to see "The Grinch" or not, it's worth a listen just to hear how he's taken a classic story and gotten a half-dozen songs out of it.