Tyler the Creator took home his second Grammy at Sunday’s awards.
While he wasn’t there to accept in person, he went live on Instagram to celebrate the big win for Best Rap Album for Call Me If You Get Lost. During his speech, he addressed the naysayers who were betting against him.
“Thank you to everyone who was angry that I took it home last year so I reversed and picked it up again,” said Tyler, who previously won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for IGOR in 2019.
He continued, “And I know you’re seething and angry and [saying] ‘No one listens to that album,’ these arena tours that are selling out says different,” said Tyler, referencing his current “Call Me If You Get Lost” tour.
While he didn’t mention him by name, some interpreted his comments as a shot at DJ Khaled, who previously shaded Tyler after his album Father of Asahd debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind Tyler’s IGOR.
“I make albums so people can play it and you actually hear it,” Khaled wrote in a since-deleted tweet from June 2019. “It’s called albums that you actually hear the songs. Not no mysterious shit that you never hear it.”
MYSTERIOUS MUSIC! HA!
— T (@tylerthecreator) July 4, 2021
Tyler later addressed Khaled’s comments. “That Khaled thing, it was fun. It was just watching a man die inside because the weirdo is winning,” he told “The Breakfast Club.” “I was moonwalking in a wig. This ni**a had everyone on his album, everyone!”
In addition to shading Khaled, a grateful Tyler thanked his team. “Thank you to these blessings that keep happening where I could just make an album where I just flex all goddamn day,” he said before sharing some inspirational words. “If you put that much energy into something, maybe everyone will be proud of you too.”
DJ Drama also earned a Grammy for his work on Call Me If You Get Lost and was informed of his win while at J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I’m humbled, I’m honored. Salute to Tyler the Creator. He’s a genius, man,” he said during a backstage interview with Amazon Music. “To get that phone call, to be a part of history, to be a part of that album. For him to speak so highly of me and what Gangsta Grillz meant to him, it’s a full circle moment.”