SOHH Whatcha Think: Is Tyler The Creator Really The Best New Artist Of 2011? [Click Here & Speak]

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 12:55AM

Written by J. Bachelor

Alotta crazy sh*t happened at the VMA's this past Sunday night: Lil' Wayne ditched the skinny jeans and went full legging (you never go full legging), Hov and B announced their latest project, a collaboration we've titled Watch the Womb and Lady Gaga surprised us all by appearing as 80's icon and original Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio.

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Another surprising moment from Sunday's show was Odd Future member Tyler the Creator snagging the win for Best New Artist. Tyler, known for his controversial lyrics and affinity for the F-word, is still relatively new to the mainstream but has managed to attain a large underground following since emerging onto the music just a few short years ago. Other Best New Artist nominees included G.O.O.D. Music spitter Big Sean, Taylor Gang member Wiz Khalifa, Bay area femcee Kraeyshawn (that sh*t Kraey) and Foster the People.



Question of the Day: Was Tyler really the best new artist of 2011?

MTV has always been somewhat liberal with their definition of the term "New Artist" and what I mean is that a musician could have dropped several discs before blowing up, and still walk away with a new artist Moon Man. Mainstream appeal is what constitutes as new over there, and with that said, both Wiz and Big Sean were alot more prevalent on the mainstream over the past 12 months than Tyler. Wiz, whose song "Black and Yellow" dominated radio in early 2011, would seem to be a better fit for the coveted trophy, while Sean (an artist who has been on the brink of finally being famous for several years) also maintained a respectable prescence on urban and pop radio.

Love him or hate him, Tyler's definitely got a following behind him and will likely continue to rise in musical ranks as his Odd Future crew becomes more visible. But much like artists on the brink of commercial success, it seems he would have been a better nominee for next year's show, as much of his fanbase still resides underground and his tunes still fly under the radar of most rap radio.

SOHH Watcha Think -- Is Tyler really the best new artist of 2011?

Check out this track from 2011 VMA award performer Lil' Wayne:

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