Tyler, The Creator Hits Back At Troll Nine Years After They Said He Wouldn't Win A Grammy
The rapper won himself the Best Rap Album Grammy award at yesterday's ceremony, marking his first win at the prestigious music awards.
He's been nominated for the award before for his 2017 album Flower Boy (and, technically as a featured artist on Frank Ocean's 2012 record Channel Orange), but now he's managed to take home an accolade - despite one troll telling him nearly 10 years ago that he 'won't get one'.
Well, Tyler (whose full name is Tyler Gregory Okonma) didn't forget those words, and now that he's won his first Grammy he's hit back with one very solid response.
Quote-tweeting the original tweet, he explained that he'd favourited the post nine years ago 'just for the moment to tell you I got one'.
"Yes I'm petty as f**k, good day Mark," he added.
'Mark' congratulated the rapper for his success, quote-tweeting his post back and writing: "Congrats."
He added the clapping hands emoji too, just to really hit the friendly vibe home.
Despite his public display of pride online, backstage after winning his Grammy, Tyler said he was feeling a little more conflicted - saying the accolade felt like something of a 'backhanded compliment'.
Tyler told a Rolling Stone reporter: "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... They always put it in a 'rap' or 'urban' category."
He 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 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. I'm grateful, but I'm like, 'Uh...'"
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