Tyler, the Creator was on tour when the Grammy was televised. Thus, On Sunday night, the Grammy did not televise him as the winner of the Best Rapper category. Nonetheless, The ‘Call Me If You Get Lost MC’ album producer still managed to salute those who stood and supported him after his second Recording Academy victory.
He won the category by beating out the sensational albums by Kanye West, Nas, and J Cole. To relish his victory, Tyler expresses gratitude to all who believed in the creation of the album and those who criticized and questioned his success on his Instagram live.
In his live video, he acknowledged all his supporters. While walking around a field on a bike, he said, “First off, I’m hyped. Thank you to DJ Drama. You are f**king so important to rap music. Thank you to all of my friends for being my cheerleaders. Thank you to my whole team, the whole squad where I can make an album where I just flex all goddamn day.”
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He also gave credit to a few people who did not consider his success and work worthy. Albeit, the name was cut out during the live stream.
“I know you’re seething and angry, and ‘ugh, no one listens to that album,'” Tyler said. “These arena tours that are selling out say different things. And if you put that much energy into something, maybe everyone will be proud of you.”
One of his active and vocal critics was DJ Khaled in his initial stage days. He made a crucial comment on his album by stating “no one listens to that album” card right after his LP Father of Asahd debuted behind Tyler’s Igor on the Billboard 200. The statement was the talk of the town back then as it led to Khaled’s now-fabled Instagram rant, where he said about creating “albums so people can play it, and you hear it.”
“You know, driving your car, you hear another car playing it. You know, go to the barbershop, you hear them playing it. You know, turn the radio on, and you hear them playing it,” Khaled stated back then.
“It’s playing everywhere. It’s called great music. It’s called albums where you actually hear the songs. Not any mysterious shit that you never hear it,” he publicly commented.
The Recording Academy heard ‘Call Me If You Get Lost indeed’, as did the fans who continue to woo and celebrate the beat across the country.
During a conversation with Wayno, Gia Peppers, and Rob Markman at Rotation’s Livestream of the 2023 Dreamville Festival, DJ Drama expressed his euphoria about his Sunday night victory:
“Salute to Tyler, the Creator. He’s a genius, man,” Drama said. “To get that phone call, to be a part of history, part of that album. For him to speak so highly of me and what Gangsta Grillz meant to him, it was a full-circle moment. Before you just told me that, I was sitting here talking about being on stage with Young Jeezy, how these records that I was a part of and brought to the people 20 years ago resonate and impact in front of 25,000 still to this day. It’s very humbling for me. When you’re making history, you don’t even realize you’re doing it.”