Tyler The Creator released a new interview this week, titled “Flower Boy: a conversation”, which was conducted by actor/comedian Jerrod Carmichael and found him discussing the vast contrast between his two most recent albums — Cherry Bomb and Scum F*ck Flower Boy.
He also gives an in-depth, track by track explanation of what inspired his recent musical project.
The almost hour long sit down features a split screen format that focuses more on sentiment than standard direct question and answer structure we typically see in interviews. Additionally, Carmichael’s knowledge of Tyler’s sound, as well as his similar taste in music, helps guide him to all of the inquiries fans have harbored since the album’s release in 2017.
Tyler details feeling like Cherry Bomb was “harder (for fans) to get into” because of its constant use of chords and all-over directional style. In Flower Boy, he uses a “medicine in the candy” scheme in order to secretly incorporate his love of the particular instrumentation, while revealing the immense pressure he felt to deliver superb work.
Elsewhere, Tyler acknowledges Stevie Wonder as “The Godfather of his existence” and confesses that his hit single “Boredom” was actually written over Wonder’s “God Bless the Child.”
His all-inclusive account of Flower Boy makes the conversation watch-worthy in and of itself, but perhaps his most significant moment comes through his encouraging words to young black kids around the world, who are told their interests don’t suit their skin color. In Tyler’s song, “Where This Flower Blooms”, he says, “Tell these black kids they can be who they are — dye your hair blue, I’ll do it too.” In the interview, he explains wanting to practice snowboarding at the age of 12, but was constantly told that it was a white person’s activity. In an effort to empower black youth, he tells them to stay true to who they are inside.
“It’s no one saying that to kids that look like me — Don’t put a damper on me and tell me what I can and can’t be just because of the way everyone else was that’s my same color — be you,” he says.
Watch the full interview above for more.