Tyler, the Creator won his first Grammy tonight — but, when he hit the press room after accepting the award for Best Rap Album with IGOR, he wasn’t completely in celebration mode.
After taking the stage alongside his mom, and delivering a moving speech about how he “never felt fully accepted in rap” and thanking his fans and Pharrell Williams for “opening up doors,” Tyler addressed some issues with the Recording Academy.
When asked about the “recent news about the voting process” and “whether or not that’s affected how he looks at his win,” Tyler got candid.
“But also it sucks that whenever we — and I mean guys that look like me — do anything that’s genre-bending or that’s anything they always put it in a rap or urban category.”
“I don’t like that urban word — it’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word to me.”
“So when I hear that, I’m just like why can’t we be in pop? Half of me feels like the rap nomination was just a backhanded compliment.”
“Like, my little cousin wants to play the game. Let’s give him the unplugged controller so he can shut up and feel good about it — that’s what it felt like a bit. But another part of me is very grateful that the art that I made could be acknowledged on a level like this when I don’t do the radio stuff. I’m not played in Target. I’m in a whole different world than what a lot of people here listen to.”
People on Twitter were quick to point out how right Tyler is.
Props to Tyler for speaking up in the wake of his win.