Timothée Chalamet's Biggest Musical Moments: Covering Nicki Minaj, Tweeting With Kid Cudi and More
This past year, America fell in love with a new star: Timothée Chalamet. Following his performances in films like Call Me By Your Name, which earned him a best actor Oscar nod, and Lady Bird, the 22-year-old actor made his way into our hearts with his raw talent, tousled hair, goofy awards-season appearances, and -- perhaps most importantly -- a fanboy-level love for hip-hop and R&B.
With his emerging celebrity status, Chalamet -- whose new movie, Hot Summer Nights, hits theaters today -- recently found himself running in the same circle as some of his favorite recording artists, and he often made a point to pay them tribute when given a platform. Below, Billboard pulled together some of Chalamet’s best musical moments, from his pre-fame days to his time on the awards circuit.
Timmy Tim’s Nicki Minaj Cover
Before Timothée Chalamet was best known for playing Elio in Call Me By Your Name, he was known as Timmy Tim in one of the most exclusive underground rap circles -- the LaGuardia performing-arts high school in New York. Here, at a talent show, the teenaged ingénue takes on hype man duties while covering Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge,” pink wig in tow, and dancing to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.” It's a true relic of the early 2010s.
The Statistic Rap
Timmy Tim wasn’t just a one hit wonder. For a statistics class project, Chalamet once made a music video all about math and how much he appreciated his teacher. The clip was unearthed on Ellen last year by Chalamet’s Call Me By Your Name co-star Armie Hammer, who revealed that, despite Timmy Tim’s fire verses, he only got a D+ on the assignment.
Can’t Get Enough Cardi B
Timmy never shies away from sharing his love for Cardi B. At the Gotham Independent Film Awards in 2017, he made sure to give her a shout out during his acceptance speech for the Breakthrough Actor Award. The “I Like It” artist was among a list of names, including Mary J. Blige and Kid Cudi, of artists that inspired Chalamet.
He even finds opportunities to gush about the rapper on red carpets. Ahead of the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, he spoke about why she is one of his all time favorites and rapped parts of her single “Bartier Cardi.”
When Frank Ocean Saw His Film
Oh btw, I asked Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet) what he thought of Frank Ocean seeing #CMBYN and he geeked out hard on him. You’re welcome, Internet. Please ignore my dumb voice. #BAFTATea pic.twitter.com/lxSGUm01cG— Michelle in ---- World Cup mode (@michelledeidre) January 7, 2018
Early this year, Frank Ocean shared a Tumblr post declaring that Michael Stuhlbarg, who portrayed Chalamet’s father in Call Me By Your Name, was his new dad –an emotional moment for Timmy, whose favorite musician is Ocean. In this red carpet clip, you can see Chalamet go through just about every emotion as he processes this information and explains how much the R&B singer means to him.
Conversation with Frank Ocean for VMan
If learning that Frank Ocean had seen his work had Chalamet's head spinning, imagine how it must have felt for the actor to interview Ocean for the men’s fashion magazine VMan. He was largely able to keep it together when talking about their creative processes, but he still got a lot anxious at times, at one point quoting “Seigfried” back to the songwriter, who immediately told him, “Don’t do that.”
Twitter Exchanges with Kid Cudi
Chalamet's Kid Cudi shout-out at the GIFAs wasn't the end of that mutual admiration society. This past spring, when Cudi declared Chalamet his favorite actor of the moment, the two had quite the Twitter exchange of fanboy freakouts on both ends.
UHMMM OKAY STRIKE ME THE FUCK DOWN https://t.co/KcUS0avkDn— Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet) March 27, 2018
-- Timmmmmmmm!!! https://t.co/P1oUPOoo1w— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) March 26, 2018
STAN LEVEL 368483 https://t.co/9zcs9CFB5x— Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet) March 27, 2018
Tyler, the Creator “OKRA” Name Drop
On March 29, Tyler, the Creator dropped the minimalistic track “OKRA,” which debuted at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. While the song was a surprise release for many fans, it was especially exciting for “Tim Chalamet” who got name-checked in one of the verses.
tyler the creator: tell tim chalamet to come get at me— fabiana (@tchalamvt) March 29, 2018
Coachella 2018 Sighting
Coachella 2018 got its own version of the infamous 2014 “Oscar Selfie” with this snapshot of Timmy hanging out with some of his favorite musicians. That's the Hot Summer Nights actor peaking out behind Shania Twain, Nicki Minaj, the Weeknd, Quavo, French Montana, and others.