Tyler, The Creator Discusses Blackness, 'Cherry Bomb' And 'Flower Boy' In New Interview
Monday morning, Tyler, the Creator released a new interview centered around his 2017 album Flower Boy.
The almost hour long conversation finds Tyler and Jarrod Carmichael speaking on the album and topics in relation to it. The interview is very insightful as it offers plenty of background into how the album came to be, and some of the influences on the album (Tyler references everything from krautrock to Stevie Wonder).
However, one of the more notable moments of the interview comes a little early around the 15 minute mark, when Carmichael asks Tyler about a lyric from “Where This Flower Blooms,” where the rapper tells his black listeners “Tell these black kids they could be who they are.”
“I’m saying that to me too but it’s no one saying that to these kids who look like me or to anyone who looks like me,” Tyler said. “We had this conversation just wanting to snowboard when I was 12 but someone said ‘That’s white people s**t. Black people don’t do that.’ No, you don’t do that. Don’t put a damper on me and tell me what I can and can’t be just because of the way everyone else was that’s my same color…I just wanted to tell them to be you.”
Recently, Tyler appeared on Kali Uchi’s recently released single “After The Storm,” alongside funk legend Bootsy Collins.