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Tyler, the Creator Says ‘Yonkers’ Began As a Jadakiss Joke, Makes You Wonder If Jadakiss Liked ‘Yonkers’

Today in trivia: Turns out “Yonkers’s” origins are rooted in comedy. As part of an interview snippet published to promote Golf Radio, Tyler told Vince Staples he made the song’s beat in eight minutes so he and his friends could send up the style of Yonkers-born Jadakiss and other New York rappers for fun. But satire soon turned into a happy accident, as Tyler spit some “random verses,” had a serious change of heart, and released what would become a Yeezy-approved hit. “That’s so nuts,” he says. “That shit was actually a fucking joke.” Roll the clip for the back story above, catch the rest of the talk here, and wonder if Jadakiss would have laughed next time you’re in Yonkers.

Tyler, the Creator Says ‘Yonkers’ Was a Joke