News: Tyler, The Creator Tells MC Lyte To Man Up Over 'D*ke' Diss, "I'm Not Gonna Apologize" [Video]
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 5:22PM
Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator has stepped up to calm tensions from hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte who recently took offense to being referred to as a "dyke" by the West Coast rapper.
Talking to Atlanta's DJ Drama, Tyler said he felt bad but would not apologize to Lyte.
"I don't know if she's gay or not," Tyler said referring to Lyte. "It was a joke. But if she took offense, so be it -- I'm not gonna apologize, but I didn't mean for her feelings to get hurt. Usually people in that position, you'd think they would laugh it off and go on with their day. But I guess she caught feelings. I didn't mean to do that, but whatever." (Drama Like The DJ)
A couple weeks ago, Lyte offered her public take on Tyler's diss.
"Yeah, I definitely was insulted. First off, it's totally new school. [Tyler] has yet to understand -- although he can have quite a bit of followers and fans, it does take a moment from one's entry in the business for them to really understand what it is that we do for other people. And how we inspire them, and how we influence them, and how we can literally make or break another human being's day. And with all that I've done throughout my years in inspiring generations of people, I think it very irresponsible of him. With saying that, we do have a generation that is quite irresponsible when it comes to what it is that they'll say [and] their behavior. [But still], it took me by surprise. One, because I know of people who know him and kind of hold him in high esteem. [But] from that action alone, I don't know that I feel it worthy for me to address it in any other format, outside of this. But, yeah, I thought it was very careless." (HHDX)
The rap veteran also said he should have looked for a more witty way to make the rhyme rather than name drop.
"Well, the point is just 'cause words rhyme or sound alike doesn't mean I need to be your stomping ground. So I do have to take it personally, unfortunately whether he meant it personally or not. I'm sure there was a more tactful way, if in fact skilled, you can deliver a rhyme on your own account and not involve me in the shenanigans." (HHDX)
While brief with the reference, Tyler's diss appears on the new OF Tape Vol. 2. project.
"See these girls talkin' all that sh*t (What?)/I'm just tryna see some t*ts (What?)/," Tyler raps, "Let's get it poppin' like, MC Lyte, around some dykes/I'm, out this b*tch like hocus pocus/And me and Lucas got a couple of pickles" ("Rella")
Check out Odd Future's interview below: