Rapper gives emotional speech after winning Cultural Influence Award at 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards
Tyler, The Creator have thanked Missy Elliot, Kanye West, Q-Tip, Andre 3000, Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams, Busta Rhymes and Hype Williams for “opening the door” to artists like them – see speech below.
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The speech came after the rapper won the inaugural Rock the Bells Cultural Influence Award at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Taking to the stage, Tyler begins his speech by admitting: “I don’t have anything planned” before quoting the Playboy Carty song ‘RIP’ and the line “Bought a crib for my momma.”
“I always shed tears when he says that because this thing that is a hobby, a passion or a pastime for us, for a lot of people here, that shit kept us out of trouble. And it kept us out of trouble with our family lives. Allowed to change our friend’s life, our life,” he continued.
“With rap, it’s like a way for a lot of us to really just go, leave, experience new shit that we’re not really allowed to see or show where we grow up. “
Tyler continued: “I definitely feel like I’ve forged my own path, but it’s the people who allowed me to understand that I can do this, who set the blueprint for it. It’s for everyone. different but I wouldn’t be here, or wouldn’t be on this level, or this silly hat, or q-tips, nothing without Andre 3000, Chad Hugo, Pharrell, Kanye West and Missy Elliot whom no one ever brings up Is. “
He then shouted to Busta Rhymes and Hype Williams: “I appreciate those names, and others I didn’t mention because I’m limited on time, but I would greatly appreciate all of you for opening doors and throwing Am. Key. Not just opening the door but talking to young people like me.”
The rapper ended by saying to the room, “Keep flourishing everybody, keep doing your shit.”
Tyler released his new album ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ earlier this year, where it topped the Billboard 200 chart.
They recently announced a tour of North America as well as Australia and New Zealand.