Tyler The Creator recently sat down with Larry King for an interview to discuss his stance on offensive language, gay rappers, his absent father, and more.
As for offensive language, the Odd Future rapper calls it “pretty natural.”
“I don’t really think twice on it,” said Tyler. “I don’t know. It’s just words, man.
On the use of the word “n*gga,” he says it’s reflective on the time he’s grown up in. “I grew up in a different time to where that word is just a word,” said Tyler. “It has no effect. But, it is a double standard because certain people would get offended if someone who doesn’t have the skin tone of me says it, which is really weird. Then, they’re keeping the original meaning of that alive… It’s weird that a lot of people still get upset with that. You give certain words power.”
King also asks Tyler to explain his stance on the possibility of an openly-gay rapper. “Why does that sh*t matter? If he wanna f*ck dudes or whatever, why do we care? That’s so f*cking crazy, right?”
Later, Tyler said he doesn’t hold anger toward his father, who’s been absent most of his life.
“Nah, dude, I’m stoked,” he says. “I think if I had a dad, I would have went the normal college route like a lot of other people. I’m so stoked my life panned out how it was. I just decide to rap about it to seem like I’m sad.”
When asked if he would like to meet his father, Tyler says, “One day, I guess. I don’t really think about it. I don’t really care. I’m fine. Not even being passive aggressive.”