Apparently, I wasn’t imagining things when I thought the cover art for Tyler, the Creator’s new album Wolf might mean the record will have something to do with summer camp. Reviews for the album, which releases on April 2, have mentioned that the content of the album includes a narrative of three characters named Wolf, Sam, and Salem hanging out at the fictional summer camp Flog Gnaw.
Mark Ryden, the artist behind the album’s cover art, referenced the summer camp concept in a recent interview with Verbicide Magazine when he noted that the popular rapper and producer, who released a mixtape he called Summer Camp in 2011, never went to camp:
“Tyler explained that part of the concept of his album is about going to summer camp, which is something he has never done. He wanted an image of himself on his bike (he says he loves his bike very much) in an idyllic forested environment.”
Jeremy Larson had this to say about the album in a review on Consequence of Sound: “Much like real summer camp, there are moments of adventure, immaturity, boredom, love, self-discovery, and, of course, an underlying feeling that you don’t really want to be at summer camp anyway.”