The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards happened Tuesday night (October 5) and along with some great performances and well-deserved wins, Tyler, the Creator was honored with the inaugural Rock the Bells Cultural Influence Award.
LL Cool J presented the hip hop artist with the prize. “Playboi Carti has a line where he says ‘bought my mama house off this mumblin sh--’ and I always get teared up when he says that,” Tyler said after accepting the award. “This thing that’s a hobby or a pasttime or a passion for us, a lot of people in here, that sh-- kept us out of trouble. And it allowed us to change our family lives and friends’ lives.”
Tyler used the honor to talk about hip hop's importance in his life. He then gave credit to his influences. “I definitely think that I’ve created my own path, but it’s people who allowed me to understand that I can do that, who laid the blueprint,” he said, eventually thanking acts like Q-Tip, André 3000, Chad Hugo, Pharrell, Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, and Hype Williams.
"Everyone keep thriving, keep doing your sh--, and Call Me If You Get Lost out now," Tyler concluded.
Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler's critically-acclaimed album released in June, also won Album of the Year at the show. It hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart in early July: thus becoming his second album after the Grammy-winning Igor to rank on the top of the chart.
Watch Tyler, the Creator's acceptance speech below.
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