Album: Call Me If You Get Lost
Producer: Tyler, the Creator

One of Tyler, the Creator’s biggest gifts is his ability to contextualize collaborators in ways people wouldn’t expect. On IGOR, he placed Playboi Carti’s baby voice over beautiful, twinkling pianos. On Flower Boy, he put a mainstream spotlight on the emerging talents of Rex Orange County. And on Call Me If You Get Lost, he shattered several long-held myths about YoungBoy Never Broke Again. Those who hadn’t bothered to dig deep into YoungBoy’s catalog may dismissed him as an artist who flooded YouTube with one-note music. Fortunately, Tyler saw more in YoungBoy. He decided to put YoungBoy on an R&B love song, and YB responded by stepping up to the plate and singing like a goddamn angel. The Louisiana rapper opens his part by crooning, “What is your name, what do you bring?” And by the end of his verse, he pulls off wild vocal runs, beautifully singing “whooooaaaooaaa” over Tyler’s soaring production. Beyond the initial surprise factor, “Wusyaname” holds its own as one of the most addictive songs of the year (Grammy voters agree), complete with an endearing verse from Tyler and some subtle Ty Dolla Sign vocal flourishes. If you’ve been waiting for a YoungBoy song you can play on a boat at sunset, this is the one, and it’s all thanks to Tyler’s one-of-a-kind vision. —Eric Skelton