Tyler The Creator remains one of the most eccentric artists in the music business
Tyler’s concert The Creator at the BET Awards 2021 surprised many people and added to the praise he’s been receiving from critics who adored his last two albums IGOR and CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST. The “LUMBERJACK” rapper is getting a lot of publicity lately and he’s acknowledging it.
During their second weekend performance at the ACL Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Tyler, The Creator took a break to ask the audience a simple favor. “Wait,” Tyler told the crowd. “Can you guys boo me real quick?” Without any hesitation, the show goers gave Tyler exactly what he wanted and booed him as loud as they could.
Tyler greeted the rumbling noise with grace, grinning from ear to ear before thanking the audience for granting his wish. “Thanks, I needed to be humble,” Tyler said before moving on to the next song.
Tyler saying he needed a lot of humility comes as no surprise. The 30-year-old rapper is at the top of his career right now, and people are finally accepting him and his music. It’s a stark contrast to his debut in early 2010, when people were stunned by his wild antics, like eating a cockroach and hanging himself in the “Yonkers” video or inciting riots at concerts with his former collective Odd Future.
BET also awarded him Album of the Year at the 2021 Hip Hop Awards, as well as recognizing his career with the Cultural Influence Award. In July, Tyler spoke with Complex about BET finally recognizing it more than 10 years after getting into the game.
“I was so excited to perform at the BET Awards,” said Tyler. “Like, I don’t think people understand, man. Having Durk and Lil Baby and Styles P praise just tells me how good the performance meant a lot. I just never felt that my style of music would have been, not even appreciated, but allowed there. ”