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Tyler The Creator Explains Why He Felt Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Family Ties’ Verse ‘Ruined’ Him

  • Beryl 

Rappers often appear to be in competition, which is understandable given the nature of their art form. They must be boisterous, confident, vocal, and, at times, quite self-centered, to the point where it appears as if they are all vying for a single slot at the “top” of the rap game. In truth, there is no such thing as a “top” or “number-one” rank; they might all accumulate the same awards over time, and many of them admire and respect each other’s work. Just watch Drake praise J. Cole while debunking the North Carolinian’s self-deprecating third-place claim from “Heaven’s EP.”

In a similar vein, Tyler The Creator praises Kendrick Lamar in his XXL cover story, despite the fact that he has a true claim to the rap album of the year courtesy to Call Me If You Get Lost. “You know why it ruined me?” he says, referring to Kendrick’s verse on Baby Keem’s “Family Ties.” Because it’s still someone at that level who’s shooting. He’s experimenting with different voices. He’s attempting something fresh. He’s still figuring things out. You can see he hasn’t used his phone in a while.”

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