Last night at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, LL Cool J presented the inaugural Rock the Bells Cultural Influence Award was presented to Tyler, the Creator for his contribution to the genre.
In his speech, the rapper said: “Playboi Carti has a line where he says ‘bought my mama house off this mumblin shit’ and I always get teared up when he says that. This thing that’s a hobby or a pasttime or a passion for us, a lot of people in here, that shit kept us out of trouble. And it allowed us to change our family lives and friends’ lives.”
He further talked about hip-hop’s importance in changing his life and acknowledged some of 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.
Then, he thanked his influences, from Q-Tip to André 3000, Chad Hugo, Pharrell, Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, and Hype Williams.