Tyler, the Creator had a few things to say about the Grammys voting process as he spoke to press at Sunday’s ceremony.
The rapper called out the Recording Academy backstage after nabbing the award for Best Rap Album for Igor.
He said of the voting process, “On one side I’m very grateful that what I made could just be 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 that’s anything they always put it in a rap or urban category.”
Tyler, real name Tyler Gregory Okonma, continued: “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 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 half 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.”
Okonma also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. See what he had to say in the clip above.