WTF is a WTF album?

by | Apr 19, 2024

WTF is a WTF album?

Rolling Stone recently described my meditation album with Lil Jon as a “WTF album.”

Or in military parlance, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

So what exactly does that mean?

It’s when an artist makes something just because. Known for rapping and producing, Lil Jon wanted to make a guided meditation album because he was following his voice within.

This is how Rolling Stone explains it:

“A blatantly uncommercial record with almost zero chance of moving product, as the industry likes to say. It’s something the artist does on a whim or as an indulgence or maybe just to mess with people’s heads, or maybe just for the love of the very idea of it.”

And you know what?

I kind of love this concept of the WTF album.

Do what you want to do.

As an artist, follow your heart and take your audience on an adventure.

What is your favorite WTF album?

Here are a few.

Would love to know what I’m missing…

New Blue Sun – Andre 3000 most well known as part of hip hop duo Outkast made a flute album

Metal Machine Music – Singer/songwriter Lou Reed made an album of mostly guitar feedback and effects

Wedding Album – John Lennon and Yoko Ono released a spoken word/special effects/avant garde project

Most of Miles Davis’ later albums might be considered WTF albums given his beginnings in the Bebop scene.

Do you consider Beyonce’s Cowboy Carter a WTF album?

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