By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Jay Z may be his "Big Brother," but Kanye West has a mentor in Tyler, The Creator. Ye shared his admiration for the Odd Future frontman during an interview with Los Angeles’ 97.1 radio station, calling Tyler an "artist, innovator, and a good mentor.” According to Ye, the Goblin rapper even helped him with his Yeezus tour merchandise.
"He helped me out with some of the merch... “He’s so talented and understands things because he went to film school that I don’t.”
Kanye also revealed he would e-mail Tyler and ask him if he could help him make videos, dubbing Tyler’s banned Mountain Dew commercial as an example of great art. “You know what should be banned? Stuff that’s wack,” said West. “The world is controversial. The world is classist. The world is racist.”
The admiration is mutual. Earlier this year, Tyler gave Ye original art he created while in Australia. Before that, Tyler openly admitted to being a fan of Ye and wanting to create just like him. “I’m a big Kanye West fan, and I also compose music and I rap and I direct videos," Tyler said. "I don’t want him thinking he’s the only person that could do that. My competition isn’t like these other upcoming rappers and sh--. It’s him.”