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Hey Young World: Tyler, the Creator Interviews Nas, Pt. 1 [Excerpt From the November 2011 Issue]

Tyler, the Creator: That’s all I did when I was younger. Like, seven years old—get birthday money, go to Best Buy. Like, fuck, when I was nine, in 2000, I got, like, 30 bucks in Best Buy, and I went and bought Amel Larrieux’s Infinite Possibilities album and fuckin’ Voodoo, by D’Angelo. And everybody, like, everyone my age was like, “What the fuck you’re doing? Go get Pokémon cards.” I just collected music.

Tyler, the Creator: Wow, wow.

Nas: Do you like cheese?

Tyler, the Creator: I love cheese.

Nas: Cheddar or Swiss?

Tyler, the Creator: Swiss. Cheddar for the most of my life. Today, it’s Swiss.

Nas: Sick. That’s cool. I love fuckin’ cheddar. That’s my shit.

Tyler, the Creator: Why? Why did you ask?

Nas: I don’t know. I just want to know.

Tyler, the Creator: I don’t know. What do you do, like, in your spare time? Do you play Xbox or anything?

Nas: No, I’ve actually spent a lot of time being lonely as fuck, you know? It’s, like…you just do nothing.

Tyler, the Creator: Right. No TV?

Nas: No TV. I love…like, movies.

Tyler, the Creator: Movies. So you watch movies?

Nas: You know, DVDs, Apple TV.

Tyler, the Creator: What’s the last movie you’ve watched that you could remember?

Nas: Midnight in Paris.

Tyler, the Creator: I don’t know what that is.

Nas: Woody Allen. It’s his last film. I like Woody. It’s a good movie. You would like it.

Tyler, the Creator: Have you seen 30 Minutes or Less? It just came out.

Nas: Nah. I don’t know…

Tyler, the Creator: It’s funny as fuck. Are you into comedy?

Nas: Yeah, big—

Tyler, the Creator: Or are you into, like, action or drama?

Nas: All of it, but a big comedy fan. Big comedy fan. Love comedy, dawg. Yeah. Richard Pryor is my hero, you know what I mean?

Tyler, the Creator: He’s cool. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, but I haven’t really watched any Richard Pryor films. I think Dave Chappelle is amazing, but he probably got all his shit from Richard Pryor.

Nas: Yeah, well, Richard was big when I was young, in the movies. But I didn’t get his stand-up. I used to think stand-up was garbage, ’til I got older and I realized this man was in Hollywood, a Black man in Hollywood. A genius. And he was onstage just letting it out. Then I got it later, and I thought he was the bravest person on Earth. Just saying all the shit he’s saying. He’s on cocaine. He’s this. He’s that. He married a White woman. He’s done this. He’s just real. It’s honest. It wasn’t made-up shit to make you laugh. It was just honest shit. I’m like, Damn!

Tyler, the Creator: Yeah.

Nas: Intense shit.

Tyler, the Creator: That’s cool. I’ll try to watch his thing next tour I go on or some shit.

Nas: Yeah, check him out. He’s, like, he don’t give a fuck if you laugh or not. He has to get this shit off his chest. And I see that in Dave Chappelle. Dave Chappelle is, like…he’s incredible.

Tyler, the Creator: Yeah, he fuckin’ rules to me.

Nas: Yeah.

Tyler, the Creator: He’s the shit. What’s your favorite color?

Nas: Shit, that’s a good one, man. I think it might be orange and burgundy, and orange-going-into-burgundy.

Tyler, the Creator: So, like, a gradient into it. I think, if orange meets burgundy, it’s a little purple in the middle.

Nas: Yeah, it adds some purple in there. Just that blend going in like that.

Tyler, the Creator: That’s some shit. I’ve never heard orange or burgundy, or would’ve thought that I would’ve heard orange or burgundy, as someone’s favorite color. That’s fuckin’ awesome. That’s legit. Do you have a favorite album?

Nas: It changes, you know? It was the I Want You album.

Tyler, the Creator: Is that by Marvin Gaye?

Nas: Marvin Gaye. And, at one point, it was Shaved Fish, by John Lennon. And another time it was one of EPMD’s albums. Like, Unfinished Business. You know? Or The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.


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