DJ Khaled & Tyler, The Creator Squash Beef At Roc Nation’s Pre-Grammy Brunch

DJ Khaled and Tyler, The Creator posed for a picture at the 2023 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch.

BYAron A.

DJ Khaled and Tyler, The Creator posed for a flick following tension between the two in recent years. Khaled took to Instagram where he shared a handful of pictures from his appearance at Roc Nation’s pre-Grammy brunch. He linked up with Lil Baby, Ari Melber, Lil Uzi Vert, Offset, and more in the photos. However, many began discussing how he and Tyler, The Creator linked up. Though Khaled nor Tyler didn’t mention anything of it, the two posed for a quick picture together, appearing to confirm that there aren’t any issues between them.

The tension between Khaled and Tyler came around the time their albums, Father Of Asahd and IGOR, duked it out for the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 in 2019. Rumors floated that Khaled stormed into Epic Records office and threw a fit because IGOR outsold Father Of Asahd. While it was merely hearsay, many believed this was true after Khaled aired his frustrations at coming in second to IGOR

“Here's the thing, I make albums so people can play it," Khaled said. "And you actually hear it. You know, driving your car you hear another car playing it. Go to the barbershop, you hear them playing it. You know, turn the radio on, and you hear them playing it. It's playing everywhere—it's called great music. It's called albums that you actually hear the songs. Not no mysterious shit, and you never hear it."

Though sources close to Khaled denied that he targeted Tyler, The Creator, the Odd Future frontman continued to poke fun at the Miami DJ. He later trolled Khaled, writing, “Who tf listens to Tyler, The Creator?” in the comments of Akademiks’ post. However, he elaborated further and explained that it felt like a personal shot at his artistry.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Tyler, the Creator performs in support of his "Igor" release at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

“N***a ego had to deal with that because his whole identity is being number one and when he didn’t get that, that sat with him longer in real life time than that moment. I moved on,” he said. “His whole identity is ‘We the Best, we the Number One’. When the underdog to him took that away from him, that n***a ego was deflated. He’ll probably never admit it and it’s no hard feelings towards him.”

Unfortunately for Khaled, Tyler was not going to allow him to live that down. Tyler referenced the feud in response to his Grammy win for Best Rap Album. “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,” Tyler said.

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.