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, goy 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 his favorite recording artists, and he ten made a point to pay them tribute when given a platform. Below, Billboard pulled together some 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 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 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 names, including Mary J. Blige and Kid Cudi, artists that inspired Chalamet.

He even finds opportunities to gush about the rapper on red carpets. Ahead the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, he spoke about why she is one his all time favorites and rapped parts her single “Bartier Cardi.”

When Frank Ocean Saw His Film

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 that mutual admiration society. This past spring, when Cudi declared Chalamet his favorite actor the moment, the two had quite the Twitter exchange fanboy freakouts on both ends.

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 the verses.

Coachella 2018 Sighting

Coachella 2018 got its own version the infamous 2014 “Oscar Selfie” with this snapshot Timmy hanging out with some his favorite musicians. That's the Hot Summer Nights actor peaking out behind Shania Twain, Nicki Minaj, the Weeknd, Quavo, French Montana, and others.