During Black History Month, it would be fitting not only to congratulate Hip-Hop artist Tyler the Creator for his recent Grammy win but also to draw attention to his post-Grammy interview, in which he called his award a “back-handed compliment.”
During the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony, the 28-year-old artist’s album “Igor” won the Grammy for “Best Rap Album of 2019,” topping other well-known artists like Meek Mill, Dreamville, YBN Cordae, and 21 Savage.
Earlier in 2019, Tyler had been announced as one of GQ’s Men of the Year and he was eager (“Igor”) to receive his first Grammy after previously being bested in 2012 and 2017. Although Tyler was more than happy to win his first Grammy, during a post-award interview he made the “back-handed compliment” remark. Tyler usually gets a kick from trolling his fans, but he clearly communicated this message in a very stern manner.
He brought up the topic of hidden racism in the Grammys. When asked about the voting system and his thought process about his award, he said “I’m half and half on it. On one side I’m very grateful that what I made can be just, you know, acknowledged in a world like this. But also, it sucks that whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything that’s genre-bending or just anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category.”
He finished by saying “I don’t like that urban word, it’s just a politically correct way to say the N-word to me.”