Tyler the Creator: The Full Profile

Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known as Tyler the Creator, is a rapper, singer, record producer, video director, stylist, TV writer and actor born in Ladera Heights, California on March 6, 1991. Tyler never met his father, who is Nigerian with Igbo ancestry Tyler’s mother is of mixed African- American and European-Canadian descent.  When Tyler was age 7, he would remove the cover out of an album’s case and design his own covers for imaginary albums, complete with a tracklist and song lengths prior to even making any music at the point. That would come later at the age of 14 when he taught himself to play the piano.  Speaking of education, Tyler the Creator’s 12 years of schooling was split across 12 different schools in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas. His pre-music employment history consisted of mainly working at FedEx for under two weeks and Starbucks for over two years.  The name Tyler the Creator came from the name used for a Myspace page where he used to post his own creative efforts.   Tyler the Creator has spread his highly concentrated outrageousness and vivid attention to detail across five critically acclaimed studio albums.  Goblin got the ball rolling strong on May 10, 2011, released through the XL record label. It reached Gold status in the United States and gave us signature songs like “Sandwiches,” “Yonkers,” and “She.”  Wolf came next in April 2, 2014, this time pushed out to the public through the in-house Odd Future/ RED record label. Erykah Badu was featured on “Treehome95” and Pharrell Williams made another non-Odd Future appearance on the track “IFHY.”  Cherry Bomb also was released on the Odd Future/ RED record label on April 13, 2015. This ended up contain a who’s-who of exciting musicians, singers, and rappers, like Schoolboy Q on “Run” and “The Brown Stains,” Roy Ayers on “Find Your Wings,” Dam-Funk on “Blow My Load,” Charlie Wilson from the Gap Band on “F**king Young / Perfect,” Kanye West and Lil Wayne on “Smuckers,” and Pharrell Williams who popped up on “Keep Da O’s.” 

Tyler the Odd Future Member

Tyler the Creator first received an explosive amount of recognition in the early 2010s as a founding member of the rap collective, Odd Future. As a unit they released the mixtapes The Odd Future Tape in 2008, and Radical in 2010, the compilation project 12 Odd Future Songs in 2011, and their studio album The OF Tape Vol. 2 in 2012. At one time or another, the artists that have been associated with Odd Future include: 
  • Tyler the Creator 
  • Earl Sweatshirt 
  • Frank Ocean 
  • Syd  
  • Casey Veggies
  • Domo Genesis 
  • Hodgy 
  • Left Brain
  • Pyramid Vritra
  • Lucas Vercetti
  • Matt Martians 
  • Na-Kel Smith
  • L-Boy,
  • Taco
  • Jasper Dolphin
  • Mike G 

Tyler the Producer

When it has come to Tyler the Creator transforming into Tyler the producer, he has had plenty of proper artists to create sounds for:  
  • Casey Veggies 
  • Brandun DeShay  
  • Odd Future 
  • Hodgy Beats  
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Mike G 
  • Domo Genesis 
  • The Jet Age of Tomorrow
  • MelloHype
  • Pusha T
  • The Internet 
  • Jack Mushroom
  • Frank Ocean
  • Mac Miller
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Kali Uchis
  • Matt Martians
  • $ILKMONEY
  • Solange Knowles
  • Westside Gunn
  • La Roux

Tyler the Director

Tyler the Creator has a whole host of music videos for himself and others that you can enjoy:
  • Tyler the Creator “B**tard” (2010)
  • Tyler the Creator “French!” featuring Hodgy Beats (2010)
  • Tyler the Creator “VCR” (2010)
  • Tyler the Creator “Yonkers” (2011)
  • Tyler the Creator “She” featuring Frank Ocean (2011)
  • Tyler the Creator “B**ch Suck D**k” featuring Jasper Dolphin and Taco (2011)
  • Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Tyler the Creator “Rella” (2012)
  • Hodgy Beats and Tyler the Creator “NY (Ned Flander)” (2012)
  • Domo Genesis and Tyler the Creator “Sam (Is Dead)” (2012) 
  • Trash Talk “F.E.B.N.” (2012)
  • Tyler the Creator “Domo 23/Bimmer” (2013)
  • Earl Sweatshirt “Whoa” featuring Tyler the Creator (2013)
  • Tyler the Creator “IFHY/Jamba” featuring Pharrell and Hodgy Beats (2013)
  • Tyler the Creator “Tamale/Answer” (2013)
  • D.A. Wallach “Glowing” (2013)
  • Tyler the Creator “F**king Young/Deathcamp” (2015)
  • Tyler the Creator “Buffalo/Find Your Wings” featuring Shane Powers, Roy Ayers, Syd, and Kali Uchis (2016)
  • Tyler the Creator “Perfect” featuring Kali Uchis and Austin Feinstein (2016)
  • Tyler the Creator “Who Dat Boy/911” (2017)
  • Tyler the Creator “Okra” (2018)
  • Tyler the Creator “Potato Salad” featuring A$AP Rocky (2018)
  • Tyler the Creator “See You Again / Where This Flower Blooms” featuring Kali Uchis and Frank Ocean (2018)
  • Tyler the Creator “A Boy Is A Gun” (2019)

Tyler the Award Winner

Tyler’s impact on audio creativity hasn’t gone unnoticed by the music industry. Tyler the Creator has been filling up his trophy case with these achievements:
  • Brit Awards: International Male Solo Artist (2020)
  • Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album for Igor (2020)
  • MTV2 Sucker Free Awards: Rookie of the Year (2011)
  • MTV2 Sucker Free Awards: Must Follow Artist (2011)
  • MTV Video Music Awards: Best New Artist (2011)
  • Wall Street Journal Innovator Awards: Music Innovator of the Year (2019) 

Tyler the Award Winner

Tyler has an attention-grabbing personality that has opened up quite a few doors for him to show up on television shows:
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2011-2013)
  • When I Was 17 (2011)
  • Workaholics: (2011)
  • Regular Show (2011)
  • Punk’d (2012)
  • Ridiculousness: (2012)
  • The Mindy Project (2012)
  • Loiter Squad (2012-2014)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (2013)
  • The Arsenio Hall Show (2013)
  • Axe Cop (2013)
  • Black Dynamite Cop (2015)
  • The Eric Andre Show Cop (2015)
  • Tavis Smiley (2015)
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2017)
  • Kidding (2020)
Tyler also manages to make time to create his own fashion brand called Golf Wang and his comedic television programs for the late-night programming section of Adult Swim. These shows are the sketch series, Loiter Squad, and the animated show, The Jellies. Tyler the Creator has identified as an atheist, with particularly anti-religious lyrics in his music contained on his mixtape, B**tard, and the album, Goblin. Tyler has also spoken up about his personal involvement in same-sex relationships or experiencing same-sex attractions.  As Tyler continues to find new ways to expand himself and reinvent his appeal, he is showing us that he is far from finished. 

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