While most of the hip-hop world is still interested in Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Baby Keem “Family Ties,” Tyler, the creator, is having fun but with a little more fun. access.
In XXLFall 2021 cover story Tyler cut out about new album # 1 Call me if you get lost, some early rap influences and the fact that he calls Kendrick Lamar every other day about his verse, which reminds him to “just stay weird and stay trying”.
“Do you know why it ruined me? Because he’s someone at this level who always shoots, ”Tyler said. “He’s trying new voices. He’s trying new shits. He’s still learning. You can tell he was off his phone for a few months.
The conversation also saw Tyler discussing a few early influences, including the Black Eyed Peas’ debut album, Behind the forehead, and their track “Positivity”.
“I’m still learning genres, but like, fuck this is jazz,” Tyler recalls. “Then they go ahead and they rap and I’m like, Wow, this is sick.” And the drum patterns skip a little bit and everything and I’m like, this is sick. And then, Dr. Dre 2001 comes out. It’s like, fourth quarter of 1999, and I hear this guy from Eminem and I’m like, “What is this?”
One of the earliest influences, even outside of music for Tyler, was Jay-Z, who Tyler says inspired him to be “one of the few who really listens to and learns how to run businesses since then. ‘age 17 “.
In a video shared on the publication’s YouTube page, Tyler – who answered a question about his sexuality with “I’m just living the life, brother” – explains more of his vision behind the new album, and applauds listeners who say that it switched.
“It’s interesting, people are like ‘Ah, he became all the shit he was talking about.’ As a brother, [when I did] ‘Yonkers’, I had about 40 channels. What are they talking about? ‘Fuckin’ Lame ‘, one of my first songs from 2007, 2008, [I rap], ‘I’m rolling in the spotlight …’ I’ve always been into that stuff but it wasn’t very prevalent in the end products of all of my things, so this album really dives into that lifestyle.
You can watch the full video below.