Tyler The Creator Speaks on NBA YoungBoy: ‘He’s Really a Sweetheart’

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Tyler The Creator has expressed admiration for NBA YoungBoy, praising their collaboration on the track “WUSYANAME” and reflecting on the positive experience of working with the talented Baton Rouge rapper.

During his appearance on the Rap Radar Podcast, Tyler describes YoungBoy as a “sweetheart,” which may come as a surprise to some given the menacing persona he portrays in his music. Tyler also shares his personal experiences and interactions with YoungBoy.

“Man, he’s so nice. He’s such a sweetheart,” Tyler said. “He’s really a sweetheart. People think he’s like … Dude, we got ice cream, he wanted to go vintage car shopping. He sent me that verse within a day. I asked him like, ‘Yo, I got this idea. Want to do this?’

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“Not only did he deliver it for me and sounded great, he asked me, ‘Is this okay? Is it good?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah!’ And he stayed on topic. You get a lot of these guys now who just punch in and can’t stay on fucking topic of a song.”

He added: “When I made that, I just knew I wanted that Louisiana drawl, tone, that accent over that loop. He sounds great.”

While some people were shocked to see Tyler and YoungBoy’s worlds collide, the former Odd Future frontman went on to remind people that he’s a producer at his core with a deep understanding of and acute ear for all genres of music.

“It’s always funny to me when people are super surprised. People forget that I am a producer first,” he said. “When you’re a producer, you just know like, ‘Aye, n-gga. Do that, put that.’

“With my musical knowledge and how much I love it, if you take a step back, it’s not that shocking. But at surface level, I guess people wouldn’t expect someone like me to even wanna associate with a YoungBoy, but I love that shit. He’s a sweetheart, man.”

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The song “WUSYANAME” was included on Tyler, The Creator’s sixth studio album, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, which was released in June 2021. The song also featured Ty Dolla $ign and was built around a sample of H-Town’s 1994 hit “Back Seat (Wit No Sheets).”

It peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the project’s highest-charting song. It was also nominated for the Best Melodic Rap Performance Grammy at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

“Hurricane,” a song by Kanye West, The Weeknd, and Lil Baby, won the award for best song, but Tyler didn’t go empty-handed because his album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST took home the Best Rap Album award.