Lil Rel Howery Recalls "Funnier" Improv Version Of Jay-Z’s "Moonlight" Music Video

If you take a glance at Lil Rel Howery’s IMDB page and see the list projects he has lined up, it’ll become immediately clear that he’s one the busiest actors in Hollywood at the moment. The next project we’ll have the opportunity to see him in is The Photograph, a romantic comedy/drama that arrives on Valentine’s Day. Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield star as the movie’s leads and it will not be their first times working alongside Lil Rel – they all appeared in the music video for Jay-Z’s 2017 song, “Moonlight”. 

Lil Rel served as the guest on the latest episode  Complex’s “Watch Less” podcast. He was asked about his experience shooting the “Moonlight” video and he revealed that Jay-Z could have gone with a more humorous alternative. The final product was a word-for-word reenactment an actual Friends episode by a cast black comedians. However, according to Lil Rey, before they shot this version, the cast – which consisted  Jerrod Carmichael, Issa Rae, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield – had improvised their own sitcom skit. “There was one rehearsal where we all talked like how we wanted to talk,” Rel explained. “And it was funnier than that episode  Friends.” He also said that the actors had even requested to go with that idea for the ficial video, but they ultimately opted for the remake. 

When Stanfield spoke about the music video on The Tonight Show, he confessed that he had never seen an episode  Friends before participating in that project

More Details Emerge on YouTube's 'Applause' Donation Feature

More details have emerged about the new YouTube Applause donation feature.

YouTube is following in Twitch’s footsteps by offering viewers the ability to support creators. YouTube Applause, with users buying claps for their favorite creators. A small $2 donation gives users a clapping animation for their supported videos.

Viewer applause is only available in beta, and you must be invited by YouTube to test Applause.

The feature is an early test of how creators may explore new ways to make money from their videos. YouTube’s Adpocalypse trend of demonetizing videos it finds troublesome has spawned lots of contention. Some creators aren’t told why their videos are demonetized, while whole channels have their income removed.

YouTube Applause is only available to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers. These channels have to opt-in to the feature through the YouTube Dashboard. Fans will then see a donate button to support their favorite creator.

Fans can spend up to $500 per day, or $2,000 per week on Super Chats, Super Stickers, and viewer applause. The limit is likely to reduce abuse of the feature.

The whole idea leans heavily into what rival platform Twitch viewers already finds familiar. Twitch streamers earn a large part of their income from donations directly from their viewers.

YouTube takes 30% of donations made through SuperChat and its new viewer applause feature. That means the average $2 donation puts $0.60 in YouTube’s pocket before the creator. (YouTube is already getting most of the ad revenue too, why do they need to skim donations?)

This new direction shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who is listening – CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed this direction. In a recent call with investors, Pichai confirmed his company is looking into alternative monetization practices. Pichai specifically mentions YouTube as a potential area where those monetization practices could come into play.

Here’s Why Eminem Performed "Lose Yourself" At Oscars & How It Was Kept Secret

If you were caught f guard on Sunday night when Eminem appeared onstage at the Oscars to perform “Lose Yourself” backed by an orchestra, then everything worked out exactly as planned. Following the performance, confused viewers took to Twitter to try and decipher why Em would be recruited to perform a song that had won the Academy award for Best Original Song a whole 17 years earlier. Well, you no longer have to scratch your head about this mystery because Robert Mills, Senior Vice President Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming at ABC, has explained the whole backstory the performance to Entertainment Tonight.

“I want to say the first time it was ever talked about was after Justin Timberlake opened with ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ in 2017],” Mills said. “There are just these songs when you have an iconic performer opening with an anthem like that it just gets everybody pumped up. We talked about it with the Academy that Eminem, the fact that he never performed that song and it’s such an anthem, and it’s one everybody knows and it won the Oscar. Wouldn’t it be great to figure out a way to get him to come and do that?”

Here's Why Eminem Performed "Lose Yourself" At Oscars & How It Was Kept SecretKevin Winter/Getty

Everything fell into place this year to get Eminem to finally bring his hit to the Oscar stage because the ceremony’s producers had a relationship with his label, Interscope. All that was left to figure out was how they would keep the performance a secret until it occurred, since “the element surprise” was a priority for both Em and the showrunners. So much so, that Mills believes that Em might have backed out had the news leaked beforehand. According to Mills’ recollection, only the Academy, the network, the producers and Eminem’s team were aware the surprise up to two days before the ceremony. 

The organizers were also very particular about other details in order to optimize the performance’s impact. “It had to be the right time, it had to be in the right place in the show,” Mills explained. The “Lose Yourself” spectacle came after a montage showing iconic musical moments in movies, ending with Em’s song in 8 Mile

Wait, there’s more. Em & Co. were so stealthy that they held just one rehearsal for the performance and had a whole plan in case any outsiders happened to walk in on it. “When we did dress rehearsals, there was a whole alternate beat where it was just Eminem’s band playing ‘You Should Be Dancing’ by The Bee Gees with John Travolta in the background, so that’s how much it was kept a secret and surprise,” detailed Mills. “There was a whole alternate ending to that beat. If anybody happened to wander in and see it they would have been like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s been a switch with a salute to Saturday Night Fever. It was a fake-out.”

Eminem has provided his own explanation for why he wished to do this performance. While “Lose Yourself” is widely accepted as classic, one our writers wondered, is it really the defining song Eminem’s career?

Rihanna & A$AP Rocky Party At Same Club, Raising Confusion

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky aren’t doing a good job convincing us that they aren’t dating. To be fair, our reluctance to believe there isn’t anything going on between them may partially stem from the fact that people have been rooting for them to link up for years now. Their bonding over designer goods in Rocky’s 2013 music video for “Fashion Killa” first planted the idea that they’re a good match. When they walked the red carpet together at the British Fashion Awards last year, this fantasy was further fueled. Most recently, they were seen hitting it f after the Yams Day concert and were rumored to have shared a hotel suite later that evening. Speculation started that RiRi had moved to dating the rapper shortly just after the end her three-year relationship with Saudi billionaire, Hassan Jameel. However, a source told E! News that Rihanna is “single” and that her and Rocky are just “good friends.” 

Now that you’re all caught up, you’ll understand why Rihanna and Rocky being spotted at the same nightclub on Tuesday morning (Feb. 11) may raise some eyebrows. According to TMZ, the Barbadian babe stepped in to The Nice Guy in West Hollywood just before 1 AM, while the Babushka Boi showed up just after 2 AM. Footage shows Rocky sneaking in the club’s entrance with his head down. While he may have been hiding under his hood to avoid the blinding flash cameras, an alternative explanation is that he was trying to prevent the dating rumors from reigniting. E! News‘ source did say that Ri’s “hanging out” with Rocky and “just having fun”, so there is still a possibility that these meetups escalate into something more.  

Apollo Masters: 'We are Uncertain of our Future at This Point'

Recently released details have shed additional light on the scope of the fire that Apollo Masters’ Banning, California, production facility late last week.

First responders arrived on the scene at about eight o’clock in the morning, and it took a total of 75 firefighters more than two and one-half hours to extinguish the blaze.

Because the facility used a multitude of potentially hazardous chemicals, a hazmat crew also provided assistance. Concerns pertaining to the range of chemicals prompted the hazmat team to issue an evacuation notice to all residents who lived or worked within a 3,000-foot perimeter of the structure. Those beyond this limit but still nearby were encouraged to remain indoors.

Most roads have been reopened, and environmental professionals have said that chemical damage has been contained. Still, a protective fence is being installed around the former warehouse, which was destroyed in the fire. With any luck, Banning—home to just under 30,000 residents, according to the 2010 census—will experience a return to relative normality in the coming days.

The same cannot be said of Apollo Masters—one of two companies in the world known to create lacquer, which is all but required to press vinyl masters. (Direct-metal mastering is a comparatively expensive alternative to using lacquer, and the only other lacquer producer, MDC, is based out of Japan.)

Apollo published a statement acknowledging the “devastating fire” and the “catastrophic damage” it created. The company also confirmed that its employees are safe (multiple workers had been inside the facility when the fire broke out), that its future is “uncertain,” and that the support from customers and vinyl fans has been appreciated.

Vinyl sales are at their in years, and it’s unclear how the industry will proceed without Apollo. Some are anticipating an imminent disruption to vinyl manufacturing.

At the time of writing, authorities hadn’t publicly revealed the fire’s possible causes.

Here’s the full statement from Apollo:

To all of wonderful customers. It is with great sadness we report the Apollo Masters manufacturing and storage facility had a devastating fire and suffered catastrophic damage. The best news is all of our employees are safe. We are uncertain of our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time. Thank you for all of the support over the years and the notes of encouragement and support we have received from you all.

Gunna Is About To Start A New Album Cycle

Last week was the two-year anniversary Gunna‘s mixtape, Drip Season 3. To celebrate, the YSL rapper posted the project’s cover art on Instagram and asked his fans a question: “Should I drop DS4 or DOD3 next ?? OR ??” The second acronym refers to his Drip or Drown series, the sequel which was released last year. 21 Savage and many others in the comments section Gunna’s post voted in favor the third alternative, namely the alternative that calls for another alternative. “BOTH,” they requested. 

Gunna hasn’t shared any updates regarding which project he plans to share next or whether he will heed the call for two at once, but he’s ready to get the ball rolling on releasing new music. On Sunday, he posted a mirror selfie – dripping in a purple Bape sweatsuit – and wrote in the caption that he’s “dropping something next week.” We know WUNNA isn’t prepping a mere loosie though because he also tweeted “only thing I’m crazy about this Album rite now.” Whichever drip-centric album he wishes to lead with, we’re ready for it… and praying that it includes a collaboration with Solange. 

Lil Baby recently confirmed that Gunna will be featured on his sophomore album, My Turn, which arrives on February 28. 

XFL Commissioner Explains Decision To Not Sign Colin Kaepernick

Heading into the first weekend the XFL, football fans were skeptical about whether or not the league would deliver on its promise for great football in the spring. So far, the league has brought forth some great ideas and fans are excited to see how the league will play out over the next 11 weeks. The XFL has real potential and it seems like the NFL has a thing or two it can learn from the new venture.

One thing that’s missing from the league, however, is star power. Of course, this is to be expected considering the NFL has all the premium talents. Some people felt as though the league should have gotten Colin Kaepernick. In a recent interview, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck spoke about Kaepernick and how his demands were something the league couldn’t match.

XFL Commissioner Explains Decision To Not Sign Colin Kaepernick

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“We gave it some thought,” Luck said according to NBC Sports Bay Area. “We have some pretty significant salary restrictions, you know. We’re a start-up league, so we want to make sure that we can be fiscally responsible and fiscally prudent. And the salary requirements that some folks shared with us were in our case exorbitant, so we couldn’t go down that path. . . . We spoke with his representative, and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out our range.”

For now, Kaepernick’s career remains in question although perhaps the league will expand to a point where they can afford high prile players like Kap. Either way, the XFL is fering an interesting alternative to the NFL and we can’t wait to watch more games.

KFC & Pizza Hut Join Forces To Concoct "Popcorn Chicken Pizza"

Finger-lickin’ chicken joint KFC has called on Pizza Hut for the crossover the century: “The KFC Popcorn Chicken Pizza.” The fast food chains are pulling out all the stops to celebrate National Pizza Day on February 9th in the U.K., by combining all the elements that make both their signature dishes so popular. Pizza Hut’s crispy pan-style crust base is drizzled with KFC’s classic gravy, coated in mozzarella cheese, topped with sweet corn and, course, we can’t forget the pieces Popcorn Chicken. This unusual pairing will be available as a menu option for a limited time at Pizza Hut locations across the U.K. until February 16th.

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KFC & Pizza Hut Join Forces To Concoct "Popcorn Chicken Pizza"Matt Cardy/Getty s

After Pizza Hut teased the collaboration in a tweet last week, both fast food companies took to Twitter to make the ficial announcement.

Earlier this month, KFC announced the st launch  a new plant-based meat menu option called Beyond Fried Chicken. This option will be available at 100 select locations across North Carolina for a limited time from February 3rd-23rd. The launch is their way testing the success fering plant-based alternatives to their famous fried chicken.

Meek Mill & Nicki Minaj Beef: 600Breezy Offers To Put A Hit On Kenneth Petty

Meek Mill already appears to be finished with his feud against Nicki Minaj, shifting the focus back onto his music, but if ever he wants some help in handling the situation permanently, he can give Chicago rapper 600Breezy a call. In a since-deleted tweet, the Black Disciples member suggested that he has the right connections to get rid Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj’s new husband, for good.

Taking Meek Mill’s side in the heated battle between former lovers, 600Breezy turned heads with a single tweet, fering to make some calls for a minimal price. As reported by Highsnobiety, the rapper wrote, “Aye Meek for a small fee I kno some n***as that’ll make her a widow. I’m just the messenger.”

Meek Mill & Nicki Minaj Beef: 600Breezy Offers To Put A Hit On Kenneth Petty
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In order to erase any evidence, 600Breezy appears to have clicked the delete button, which was the smart thing to do. However, that wasn’t before people began reacting to the threat. With Minaj sporting one the most loyal fanbases in the entire music industry, there’s a good number people split on who to support here. Those supporting Mill are generally fed up with the dramatic attacks Minaj continually pulls. Alternatively, the fans taking Nicki’s side are buying into the vicious accusations domestic abuse that she hammered home yesterday.

Are you riding with Meek or Nicki?

Kim Kardashian Settles Lawsuit With "Vampire Facial" Doctor

Before the top the year, Kim Kardashian sued doctor Charles Runels for using her name and fame to boost his sales for his Vampire Facial procedure. An episode  Keeping Up With The Kardashians saw Kim undergo the treatment that pulls blood from your face and puts in back in (seriously) and ever since then the doctor has been using Kim’s face for advertisements.

Kim sued Charles for “copyright infringement, infringement registered mark, false association, violation the right publicity and California common law trademark infringement.” She added in her case,”Defendant Charles Runels is a doctor in Alabama. In characteristically self-promoting fashion, he describes himself alternatively as the ‘Orgasm Doctor’ and the ‘Calvin Klein medicine.'” The Blast now reports that Kim has settled the case. Charles has agreed to an injunction, prohibiting him from using Kim’s name or likeness for her procedure. If he does, Kim (and her company Kimsaprincess Inc.) will go after him for serious amounts cash. 

When Kim first sued the doctor, she made it clear that if she ever did agree to advertise with him, it would be an eight figures deal. At this point, he can’t afford her. 

KFC Testing Plant-Based Chicken In 100 North Carolina Restaurants

At this point, a number fast-food chains have banked on the plant-based ‘meat’ ferings. From McDonald’s, Burger King, A&W to White Castle, Taco Bell and more. By no surprise, KFC is jumping on the bandwagon as well since coming through with its very own Beyond Fried Chicken. Instead dropping the fering to the masses, the fast-food chain is hyping up the excitement. In August, KFC began fering its meat alternative in Atlanta and it sold out. Now according to Uproxx, Charlotte, North Carolina will be getting the new menu addition at 100 locations. 

KFC Testing Plant-Based Chicken In 100 North Carolina Restaurants
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“We’re still fering what customers expect from us and this will be another choice for them. Now, they can choose to have animal protein or the plant-based option,” KFC CMO Andrea Zahumensky said the new bite. “We’re really going for those people who are just trying to have choices in their diet and maybe eat a little less meat than they do today. We believe this product has the opportunity to bring in a new guest and a younger customer, and we think this will expand the population people who enjoy Kentucky Fried Chicken.” 

The menu additon will be available February 3rd to February 23rd.

Summer Walker Vows To Be More Like Ayesha Curry After Shutting Down Explicit IG

If you’re a major fan Summer Walker then you’re probably aware her other Instagram account, @galactawhore. The 23-year-old “Playing Games” singer debuted her alternative feed months ago, making it clear that it’s a destination for more explicit posts and updates on topics she’s interested in outside music. “Attached to nothing connected to everything, Sci fi,” the bio for her account reads. 

Summer Walker Vows To Be More Like Ayesha Curry After Shutting Down Explicit IG
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If you’ve been following the account before today, you would have seen some y shares Summer and funny moments with her friends and her man London On Da Track. However, times have seemingly changed since Summer has taken a vow to be more wholesome when it comes to her posting habits. The new move came after she posted a risqué photo her ass, then quickly changed her mind, deleting almost all past images she had on her feed in an effort to be more like Ayesha Curry. 

“Galactawhore has been temporarily shut down,” she wrote. “Will re-open once I learn how to walk in the wholesome spirit Ayesha Curry. This could take a while. Have a blessed day.” Summer then followed up by sharing images Ayesha that sees her looking like the perfect housewife with her three children. While it’s clear to assume that Summer’s fans will miss her eccentric updates, London On Da Track expressed that he will too when he commented “nooo” on her post. 

Ellen DeGeneres & Alicia Keys Present Teen Told To Cut Dreads With $20K Scholarship

Last week, a Texas teen by the name DeAndre Arnold was told that he would not be able to participate in his high school graduation ceremony unless he cut f his locs. Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, claims that the teen’s hair goes against the district’s dress code and was placed under in-school suspension. Since then, Arnold and his mother Sandy, have addressed the school’s oppressive practices and refused to deny the teen representing his Trinidadian roots. 

After gaining the attention national media outlets, DeAndre and his mother were invited as guests to The Ellen Show to discuss the Barbers Hill Independent School District’s recently instated policy that has Arnold, an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student, disinvited to his own graduation ceremony. Ellen DeGeneres kicked f the conversation with the 18-year-old expressing her support Arnold’s decision to not comply with the demands the Texas-based institution. 

DeAndre explained how his locs are currently relevant to his Trinidadian culture and how the school is attempting to force into alternative school for the remainder his high school career. The bright teen also revealed that he wants to attend college in order to be a veterinarian. 

After revealing his frustration with the school and his post-graduation plans, Ellen pleaded into the camera for Arnold’s school district to reconsider letting the student walk the graduation stage alongside his peers this spring. Then the Emmy Award-winning talk show host called upon Alicia Keys, who hosted the 2020 Grammys, to present DeAndre with a scholarship worth $20,000 for his upcoming collegiate endeavors. 

CNN reached out to the school’s superintendent, Greg Poole, last week who stated:

“People want to call us racist, but we’re following the rules, the law the land. We’re certainly not making this up,” in defense the school’s dress code policy. 

With the oppression black hairstyles being a common theme in society, hopefully, DeAndre Arnold and others continue to stand against the injustices brought up against alternative cultural lifestyles and aesthetics. 

Check out the DeAndre Arnold’s full Ellen Show interview below and look out for Alicia Keys’ new album, A.L.I.C.I.A (2020), to drop in the month March. 

Tyler, The Creator’s Musical Evolution In 4 Stages

The great 21st-century theologian and visionary, Tyler the Creator, once said:“Fuck what they want, give them what YOU want.”Tyler was explaining hisavant-garde approach to creativity with Funk Flex during a Hot 107 interview last year.  

The 28-year old do-it-all artist is a spearheading renaissance man rap’s newest periodization – a bridge between, what some consider, this genre’s middle ages to stylistically modernized and diversified MCs the now. A polymath sorts or a person whose expertise spans a significant number various subject areas, Tyler thrives on going against the grain. Defying convention at all costs. Not only is he one the most creative, but he’s also one the most versatile. The success his latest album, IGOR, is pro that fact. The project soared to the top the charts. It was the first time ever an artist has self-produced and self-arranged an album that flew to no. 1. It just won a Grammy. In addition to his musical success, Tyler has two successful clothing lines and has had his own television show.  

The original renaissance era during Europe’s 15th and 16th centuries are best known for progressions in artistic development. Michelangelo,  Leonardo Da Vinci: these men inspired the term “renaissance man.” For the 21st century, Tyler represents a peculiar artistic revival. Innovatively flowering an alternative hip-hop movement. Pushing the boundaries normality for a millennial generation. Just as was the case during the original period renaissance, we’re experiencing social and political upheaval. Even though he’s become known most widely for his controversial statements about homouality and atheism, awkward get-ups and just general weirdness – if you look closely enough, Tyler’s art has given commentary on society as few have. Projecting a fun-house mirror on hip-hop culture’s perception “normal.” Artists willing to push these boundaries are usually the same ones we eventually be remember as revolutionary. Prince. George Clinton. KISS. Kanye West.   

If you don’t believe me, take the word some hip-hop greats. During the filming a documentary for Cherry Bomb, Tyler’s fourth studio album, titled Death Camp – West said this about The Creator: “Thank you for putting that battery in my back. That’s one your jobs in hip-hop. I don’t think there would’ve been a Yeezus if it wasn’t for you.” He later ended the statement by saying, “It’s certain niggas that push you different.” During the same filming, Wayne said, “Tyler changed the game. Maybe, I probably had a line that I knew I wouldn’t say because people would think it was too gross to put into rap or it didn’t go with the whole vibe the song but I’ll think about something and say Tyler will say this shit.”

According to the rapper, since day one, he’s produced every song for all his albums except track no. 5 on Goblin.Tyler told Funk Flex “All the art. All the videos. All the clothes. I’m on photoshop, sending the labels, my … Here this is the cover. I’m at every edit for every video. I’m at coloring. I do everything.”  And Tyler doesn’t just do everything, he does everything extremely well.As Lil Wayne went on to explain: “He’s a perfectionist. So he’s one those guys that knows exactly what he wants from you. He might fuck around a write your verse for you.” 

While appearing on the Larry King Show, Tyler said he wanted to one day do films and have his name mentioned with Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson. Lty aspirations for the 28-year old, but well within his ability. Later Tyler would say “I don’t want my name mentioned next to other rappers.” After King questioned if Tyler was annoyed when being referred to as just a rapper, he said “I’m so much more than that, I just like making stuff. Rhyming words together in a rhythm is just one those things.”

Rap may have propelled him into stardom but to use his words, he’s so much more than just another rapper. He produces, directs, designs and acts among other things. He’s the rare combination natural gifts, high functionality, and an inventive mind. On the Odd Future song, “Rella,” Tyler rapped some words that give you a peek at his revolutionary mindset. Highlighting his loyalty to the subsets society ten forgotten by popular music. 

This is for the n***ers in the suburbs

And the white kids with n***a friends who say the n-word

And the ones that got called weird, fag, bitch, nerd

‘Cause you was into jazz, kitty cats and Steven Spielberg

They say we ain’t actin’ right

Always try to turn our fuckin’ color into black and white

But they’ll never change ’em, never understand ’em

Radical’s my anthem, turn my fuckin’ amps up

So instead critiquing and bitchin’, bein’ mad as fuck

Just admit, not only are we talented, we’re rad as fuck, bitches

Stage 1 – Darkly Transgressive

Bastard, Goblin, Wolf (2009-2013)

Tyler, The Creator's Musical Evolution In 4 Stages

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The early stages Tyler’s career were salted by darkly transgressive imagery and lyrical content. Occult. Horrorcore. Music that pushed themes violence and uality beyond the parameters realism (which art ten must do to make a broader point) Through these sometimes disturbing means creativity, he built a ravenous fan base who embraced him for his alternative views and musical artistry. Tyler did this along with Odd Future, a group friends and creative minds who were influential to the culture. Together, their words fell both gruesome and unsettling to some but seductive to others. Eminem’s influence is proundly evident through his early catalog. Songs that define this phase are both “Yonkers” along with “Goblin.”

Stage 2 – Socially Conscious

Cherry Bomb (2014-2016)

Tyler, The Creator's Musical Evolution In 4 Stages

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Five years into his career Tyler renders sublime verbal ferings social critique on Cherry Bomb. Here we saw him attacking several issues ranging from race to rap consumerism and gang culture. Tyler also began taking his already impressive production to the next level, expansions included working with Hanz Zimmer on elements for the track “2Seater” and overseeing a live orchestra for the first time in his musical arrangements. Defining this stage his career is firstly the single “Smuckers” featuring both Lil Wayne and Kanye West. When queried about the work, Tyler said, “10 years down the line, n***as is gone be like ‘Smuckers’ is legendary. That one’s for the books for sure.”The project showed a great deal range – going from the cloudy, melodic sound “Find Your Wings” which featured a smooth jazz feel to the abrasion and drill-bit sound the title track “Cherry Bomb.”

Stage 3 – Introspective 

Flower Boy (2016-2019)

Tyler, The Creator's Musical Evolution In 4 Stages

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Now, seemingly much deeper in touch with his artistic self with years under his belt, Tyler got personal on Flower Boy. The outpouring what sounded like genuine feelings was not quite like anything in his catalog up that point. He told KultureHub“For Cherry Bomb, I purposely was like, I don’t want to get personal at all. Like, I’m just going to make songs. And in this one, I was like alright, let me write down every feeling.” The song, “See You Again” is a great example this. When discussing the lack rap on the album, Tyler told HipHopDX that he wanted to keep verses short and to the point so that he could give guest artists and instrumentation more a focal point. As the time ticks on Tyler’s career, we find a trend him letting his voice take a back seat to the arrangements and composition. He has begun more and more to speak through the instruments instead the microphone.

Stage 4 – Symphonic

IGOR (2019-Present)

Tyler, The Creator's Musical Evolution In 4 Stages

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The vocals. The transitions. The bridges. The samples. IGOR is an unpredictable, nearly flawless architecture sonic mastery. An eloquent expression alternative music from the perspective hip hop – an urban symphony sorts. IGORis the culmination Tyler’s augmentation as an artist. Way back in 2014 the creative said he no longer wanted to rap and that he really wanted to sing and compose music. Moving forward it looks like Tyler is primarily focused on musicality rather than proving his stripes any further as an MC. Rap, the traditional sense, is probably drifting farther and farther in his rearview. 

When he’s in the mood, Tyler the Creator can be one the best MCs on earth. His penmanship coupled with the ambidexterity in his flow set him apart – shown in his verse on “Potato Salad” which also featured ASAP Rocky. It’s not a question talent or creative bandwidth – he’s so skillful, the only boundaries are the ones he sets for himself. The ceiling for him is limitless, not just in music but anything he pursues beyond. Whichever way chooses to go, one thing you can count on is that Tyler will continue to do things his way, going against the status quo and uniformity in the face all his critics. This sentiment is expressed in a verse from his popular song “Yonkers.”

Cause I’m not one 

When it come to a vision, they ain’t got one

Rolling Stone never gave me a cover, so…

Um… (god) So I shot one! 

I ain’t do college, I said fuck them lessons 

I ain’t join no gang, I said fuck them weapons 

Grabbed the keyboard, Clancy crossed my path 

Cashed my first check and said Fuck depression, n***a!

Tyler’s way is working well. His album IGOR was nominated and ultimately won a Grammy award crowning it the best rap album the year (EVEN THOUGH IT BELONGS IN THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR CATEGORY). This is his second consecutive album to receive such recognition. But these things aren’t likely to feed Tyler’s insatiable hunger.  

As Tyler told Funk Flex, it is the passion that drives him, not the fame or accolades.“For me. What I want, I can’t grasp it. I want to make good stuff and art that gets me f. And I want to show my friends and their like aww man this is sick. You can’t grab that. And that void is never going to be filled. So, I’ll still be doing this when I’m fucking eighty.”

2020 Grammy Awards: Complete List Of Winners

“Music’s biggest night” is here. The industry’s finest have all gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate what the Recording Academy has deemed to be the best the past year. Among nominees, Lizzo leads the pack with eight nods, followed behind by Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X who have six nominations each. 

Per the Hollywood Reporter, the non-televised portion the awards show has already settled on the grim news the death Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna early Sunday evening, honoring their memories with a moment silence. 

Alicia Keys is set to host the full ceremony as the evening’s stars move forward to collect their awards throughout the night. Keep up below with the night’s winners:


Album the Year
I, I – Bon Iver
Norman Fucking Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey
thank u, next – Ariana Grande
I Used to Know Her – H.E.R.
7 – Lil Nas X
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
Father the Bride – Vampire Weekend

Record the Year
“Hey, Ma” – Bon Iver
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Talk” – Khalid
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee

Song the Year
“Always Remember Us This Way” – Lady Gaga
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker
“Hard Place” – H.E.R.
“Lover” – Taylor Swift
“Norman Fucking Rockwell” – Lana Del Rey
“Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo

Best New Artist
Black Pumas
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Maggie Rogers
Tank and the Bangas

Best Rap Album
Revenge the Dreamers III – Dreamville
I Am > I Was – 21 Savage
IGOR – Tyler, the Creator
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae

Best Rap Performance
“Middle Child” – J. Cole
“Suge” – DaBaby
“Down Bad” – Dreamville f/ JID, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang & Young Nudy
“Racks in the Middle” – Nipsey Hussle f/ Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“Clout” – Offset f/ Cardi B

Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Higher” – DJ Khaled f/ Nipsey Hussle & John Legend
“Drip Too Hard” – Lil Baby & Gunna
“Panini” – Lil Nas X
“Ballin” – Mustard f/ Roddy Ricch
“The London” – Young Thug f/ J. Cole & Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
“Bad Idea” – YBN Cordae f/ Chance the Rapper
“Gold Roses” – Rick Ross f/ Drake
“A Lot” – 21 Savage f/ J. Cole
“Racks in the Middle” – Nipsey Hussle f/ Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy
“Suge” – DaBaby

Best R&B Performance
“Love Again” – Daniel Caesar & Brandy
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. f/ Bryson Tiller
“Exactly How I Feel” – Lizzo f/ Gucci Mane
“Roll Some Mo” – Lucky Daye
“Come Home” – Anderson .Paak f/ André 3000

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Time Today” – BJ the Chicago Kid
“Steady Love” – India.Arie
“Jerome” – Lizzo
“Real Games” – Lucky Daye
“Built for Love” – PJ Morton f/ Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song
“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. f/ Bryson Tiller
“Look at Me Now” – Emily King
“No Guidance” – Chris Brown f/ Drake
“Roll Some Mo” – Lucky Daye
“Say So” – PJ Morton f/ JoJo

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Apollo XXI – Steve Lacy
Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo
Overload – Georgia Anne Muldrow
Saturn – NAO
Being Human in Public – Jessie Reyez

Best R&B Album
1123 – BJ the Chicago Kid
Painted – Lucky Daye
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
Paul – PJ Morton
Ventura – Anderson .Paak

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Spirit” – Beyoncé
“bad guy” – Billie Eilish
“7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
“Truth Hurts” – Lizzo
“You Need to Calm Down” – Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Boyfriend” – Ariana Grande and Social House
“Sucker” – Jonas Brothers
“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus
“Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee
“Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Sì – Andrea Bocelli
Love (Deluxe Edition) – Michael Bublé
Look Now – Elvis Costello & The Imposters
A Legendary Christmas – John Legend
Walls – Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album
The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé
thank u, next – Ariana Grande
No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
Lover – Taylor Swift

Producer the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonf
Dan Auerbach
John Hill
Ricky Reed

Best Music Video
“We’ve Got to Try” – The Chemical Brothers (Ninian Df, video director)
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr. (Savanah Leaf, video director)
“Cellophane” – FKA Twigs (Andrew Thomas Huang, video director)
“Old Town Road” (Official Movie) – Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus (Calmatic, video director) – WINNER
“Glad He’s Gone” – Tove Lo (Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia: video directors)

Best Music Film
Homecoming – Beyoncé (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Ed Burke, video directors) – WINNER
David Crosby: Remember My Name – David Crosby (A.J. Eaton, video director)
Birth the Cool – Miles Davis (Stanley Nelson, video director)
Shangri-La – Various artists (Morgan Neville, video director)
Anima – Thom Yorke (Paul Thomas Anderson, video director)

Best Dance Recording
“Linked” – Bonobo
“Got to Keep On” – The Chemical Brothers – WINNER
“Piece Your Heart” – Meduza f/ Goodboys
“Underwater” – Rüfüs Du Sol
“Midnight Hour” – Skrillex & Boys Noize f/ Ty Dolla Sign

Best Dance/Electronic Album
LP5 – Apparat
No Geography – The Chemical Brothers – WINNER
Hi This Is Flume – Flume
Solace – Rüfüs Du Sol
Weather – Tycho

Best Rock Performance
“Pretty Waste” – Bones UK
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr.
“History Repeats” – Brittany Howard
“Woman” – Karen O & Danger Mouse
“Too Bad” – Rival Sons

Best Metal Performance
“Astorolus – The Great Octopus” – Candlemass f/ Tony Iommi
“Humanicide” – Death Angel
“Bow Down” – I Prevail
“Unleashed” – Killswitch Engage
“7empest” – Tool

Best Rock Song
“Fear Inoculum” – Tool
“Give Yourself a Try” – The 1975
“Harmony Hall” –Vampire Weekend
“History Repeats” – Brittany Howard
“This Land” – Gary Clark Jr.

Best Rock Album
Amo – Bring Me the Horizon
Social Cues – Cage the Elephant
In the End – The Cranberries
Trauma – I Prevail
Feral Roots – Rival Sons

Best Alternative Music Album
U.F.O.F. – Big Thief
Assume Form – James Blake
I, I – Bon Iver
Father the Bride – Vampire Weekend
Anima – Thom Yorke

Best Country Solo Performance
“All Your’n” – Tyler Childers
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
“Ride Me Back Home” – Willie Nelson
“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn with Luke Combs
“I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” – Brothers Osborne
“Speechless” – Dan + Shay
“The Daughters” – Little Big Town
“Common” – Maren Morris f/ Brandi Carlile

Best Country Song
“Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
“It All Comes Out in the Wash” – Miranda Lambert
“Some It” – Eric Church 
“Speechless” – Dan + Shay

Best Country Album
Desperate Man – Eric Church
Stronger Than the Truth – Reba McEntire
Interstate Gospel – Pistol Annies
Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
While I’m Livin’ – Tanya Tucker

Best Latin Pop Album
Vida – Luis Fonsi
11:11 – Maluma
Montaner – Ricardo Montaner
El Disco – Alejandro Sanz
Fantasía – Sebastian Yatra

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
X 100Pre – Bad Bunny
Oasis – J Balvin & Bad Bunny
Indestructible – Flor de Toloache
Almadura – iLe
El Mal Querer – Rosalía

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Caminado – Joss Favela
Percepcion – Intocable
Poco a Poco – La Energía Norteña
20 aniversario – Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
De Ayer Para siempre – Mariachi los Camperos

Best Tropical Latin Album
Opus – Marc Anthony
Tiempo al Tiempo – Luis Enrique + C4 Trio
Candela – Vicente García
Literal – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
A Journey Through Cuban Music – Aymée Nuviola

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Beastie Boys Book – Various artists
Becoming – Michelle Obama – WINNER
I.V. Catatonia: 20 Years as a Two-Time Cancer Survivor – Eric Alexandrakis
Mr. Know-It-All – John Waters
Sekou Andrews & The String Theory – Sekou Andrews & The String Theory

Best Comedy Album
Quality Time – Jim Gaffigan
Relatable – Ellen DeGeneres
Right Now – Aziz Ansari
Son Patricia – Trevor Noah
Sticks & Stones – Dave Chappelle

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Lion King: The Songs – Various Artists
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Various Artists
Rocketman – Taron Egerton
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists
A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – WINNER

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Avengers: Endgame – Alan Silvestri
Chernobyl – Hildur Guðnadóttir – WINNER
Game Thrones: Season 8 – Ramin Djawadi
The Lion King – Hans Zimmer
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“The Ballad the Lonesome Cowboy” (from Toy Story 4) – Chris Stapleton
“Girl in the Movies” (from Dumplin’) – Dolly Parton
“I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)” (from A Star Is Born) – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – WINNER
“Spirit” (from The Lion King) – Beyoncé
“Suspirium” (from Suspiria) – Thom Yorke

Best Recording Package
Anónimas & resilientes – Voces Del Bullerengue (Luisa María Arango, Carlos Dussan, Manuel García-Orozco & Juliana Jaramillo-Buenaventura, art directors)
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell (Barry Ament, Jeff Ament, Jeff Fura & Joe Spix, art directors) – WINNER
Hold That Tiger – The Muddy Basin Ramblers (Andrew Wong & Fongming Yang, art directors)
I, I – Bon Iver (Aaron Anderson & Eric Timothy Carlson, art directors)
Intellexual – Intellexual (Irwan Awalludin, art director)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
All These Things – Thomas Dybdahl (Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan & Roderick Shearer, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer)
Ella Mai – Ella Mai (Chris “Shaggy” Ascher, Jaycen Joshua & David Pizzimenti, engineers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer)
Run Home Slow – The Teskey Brothers (Paul Butler & Sam Teskey, engineers; Joe Carra, mastering engineer)
Scenery – Emily King (Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane & Jeremy Most, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer)
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish (Rob Kinelski & Finneas O’Connell, engineers; John Greenham, mastering engineer) – WINNER