Tyler joined the Rap Radar Podcast, where he dished on his interactions with YoungBoy and described him as a “sweetheart” — which may come as a surprise to some given the menacing persona he portrays in his music.
“Man, he’s so nice. He’s such a sweetheart,” Tyler said. “He’s really a sweetheart. People think he’s like … Dude, we got ice cream, he wanted to go vintage car shopping. He sent me that verse within a day. I asked him like, ‘Yo, I got this idea. Want to do this?’
“Not only did he deliver it for me and sounded great, he asked me, ‘Is this okay? Is it good?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah!’ And he stayed on topic. You get a lot of these guys now who just punch in and can’t stay on fucking topic of a song.”
He added: “When I made that, I just knew I wanted that Louisiana drawl, tone, that accent over that loop. He sounds great.”
While some were surprised to see the worlds of Tyler and YoungBoy collide, the former Odd Future frontman went on to remind people that he’s a producer at his core with a vast knowledge of and keen ear for all types of music.
“It’s always funny to me when people are super surprised. People forget that I am a producer first,” he said. “When you’re a producer, you just know like, ‘Aye, n-gga. Do that, put that.’
“With my musical knowledge and how much I love it, if you take a step back, it’s not that shocking. But at surface level, I guess people wouldn’t expect someone like me to even wanna associate with a YoungBoy, but I love that shit. He’s a sweetheart, man.”
“WUSYANAME” landed on Tyler, The Creator’s sixth studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, which dropped in June 2021. The song also featured Ty Dolla $ign and was built around a sample of H-Town’s 1994 hit “Back Seat (Wit No Sheets).”
It not only became the highest-charting track off the project, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
The song lost out to Kanye West, The Weeknd and Lil Baby’s “Hurricane,” but Tyler didn’t go home empty-handed as CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST won the award for Best Rap Album.
Revisit “WUSYANAME” below: