Tyler, The Creator Pays Tribute To 'Trailblazers' In Touching Speech At BET Hip Hop Awards
Tyler, The Creator Pays Tribute To ‘Trailblazers’ At BET Hip Hop Awards (Photo Credit: Instagram & bet)

Tyler, The Creator received one of the top honours at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, and, as his name so accurately pinpoints, he created one of the moments of the night, reports Billboard.com.

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The 30-year-old artiste received the cultural influence award, which he did with an emotional speech on the power of hip-hop, and all those who blazed the trail.

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At the top, Tyler paraphrased Playboi Carti’s ‘RIP’, and the line, “Bought a crib for my mama off that mumblin’ shit.”

He said hip-hop is a force of good, a game-changer, and a life-saver. “This thing that’s a hobby, or a pastime or a passion for us, a lot of people here that shit kept us out of trouble,” he explained. “And it allowed us to change our families’ lives, our friends’ lives, our lives.”

He recounted hearing the prose of the old school, from Jay-Z to Wu-Tang Clan and others, and thinking at the time, the “community is just crazy that the things that we were able to see and experience because of this thing called rap and hip-hop. With rap, it’s like a pathway for a lot of us to really just go, to leave, to experience.”

Tyler also paid tribute to those who laid the blueprint for himself and others. “I wouldn’t be here,” he continued, “if it weren’t for Q-Tip, the Andre 3000s, the Chad Hugos, the Pharrells, the Kanye Wests, the Missy Elliotts, who no one ever brings up. Busta Rhymes, Hype Williams, who just took it to this different world.”

That collection of luminaries, and others, he thanked for “opening the doors and throwing the key.”

With three awards, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion were the top winners at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 5.

Tyler released his debut solo mixtape ‘Bastard’ in 2009. With his gritty, horrorcore-influenced earlier releases, Tyler was often criticised for his use of homophobic and misogynistic slurs in his lyrics.

He released the albums ‘Wolf’ and ‘Cherry Bomb’, the latter of which was considered to be a contrast from his previous releases as he experimented with melody-focused and jazz-fused sounds.

Tyler’s following albums, ‘Flower Boy’, ‘Igor’ and ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’, were all released to widespread critical acclaim, with the latter two also debuting at number one on the Billboard 200.

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