"Lumberjack" is a 2:18 minute braggadocios cut where Tyler the Creator addresses his haters by flexing about his fame and fortune.
That's my nuance, used to be the weirdo
Used to laugh at me, listen to me with their ears closed
Used to treat me like that boy from Malcolm in the Middle
Now I'm zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero
Many thought Tyler was an eccentric oddity who would never make it in the music game. Now he's worth millions.
The song title comes from Tyler using the word "would" as a homophone for "wood."
Call me lumberjack 'cause I wish a ni--a would race
The popular expression "I wish a ni--a would" means to challenge someone to perform a disrespectful action. Here, Tyler is daring a hater to try to cut him down like a lumberjack fells trees.
Tyler released the song as the lead single from his sixth studio album, Call Me If You Get Lost. Although his last record, Igor, primarily featured singing, "Lumberjack" is all rapping.
Atlanta based hip-hop artist DJ Drama and Odd Future founding member Jasper Dolphin contribute the mixtape-style shout-outs.
Tyler produced the abrasive beat himself. Because it heavily samples the August 1994 Gravediggaz cut "2 Cups of Blood," group members Prince Paul, Frukwan, Poetic and RZA are all credited as co-writers of "Lumberjack." "2 Cups" itself samples jazz pianist Larry Willis' 1973 instrumental "Inner Crisis," so Willis also gets credited.
Tyler (as his alter ego Wolf Haley) directed the music video, which is a collection of surreal vignettes.
Call Me If You Get Lost debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, becoming Tyler, the Creator's second chart-topping album after Igor. Ten months later, the record surged from #120 back to the summit following its release on vinyl through Tyler's web store.