Tyler, The Creator
|Tyler, The Creator|
Tyler, The Creator in 2012
|Birth name||Tyler Gregory Okonma|
|Also known as||
March 6, 1991 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Origin||Ladera Heights, California, United States|
Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper and record producer from California. Born in Ladera Heights, he rose to prominence as the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future, and has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every Odd Future release. Okonma also creates all the artwork for the group's releases and said in an interview with radio presenter DJ Semtex, that he designs all the group's clothing and other merchandise as well. After releasing his debut album Goblin under XL Recordings, in April 2011, he signed a joint venture deal for him and his label Odd Future Records, with RED Distribution and Sony Music Entertainment. Following that he released his second studio album Wolf, which was met with generally positive reviews and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 selling 90,000 copies in its first week.
Tyler Okonma was born in Los Angeles, California to a Nigerian father and a mother of African-American and white Canadian descent. He has said he has never met his father, and spent his early life living in the communities of Ladera Heights and Hawthorne in southwest Los Angeles County. At the age of seven, he would take the cover out of an album's case and create covers for his own imaginary albums including a tracklist with song times before he could even make music. At the age of 14, Okonma taught himself how to play piano. In his twelve years of schooling, he attended twelve different schools, in Los Angeles and Sacramento areas.
Bastard and Goblin (2009–11)
On December 25, 2009, Tyler self-released his first album, Bastard. The album was eventually ranked 32nd on Pitchfork Media's list of the Top Albums of 2010. On February 11, 2011, Tyler released the music video for "Yonkers," the first single from his second album, Goblin, which was released May 10, 2011. The video has received attention from several online media outlets. An extended version with a third verse can be purchased on iTunes.
After the release of "Yonkers," Tyler announced that he had signed a one-album deal with XL Recordings. Tyler and fellow OF member Hodgy Beats made their television debut on February 16, 2011 when they performed "Sandwitches" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On March 16, Tyler and Hodgy performed "Yonkers" and "Sandwitches" on the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards, being joined by other members of Odd Future during "Sandwitches". Goblin was released on May 10, 2011. During an interview with Tyler for Interview, Waka Flocka Flame expressed his interest in collaborating with the Odd Future frontman to direct a music video for him.
Wolf and Loiter Squad (2012–14)
Tyler first mentioned the album in early 2010 saying that he would have an album titled Wolf. In early 2011 he told fans through his Formspring account that his third album would be called Wolf and it is scheduled to be released in May 2012. The album will continue Tyler's sessions with his fictional therapist, Dr. TC, as hinted by the title track on his first album, Bastard, in which Dr. TC says "this is the first of three sessions..." Tyler's third album Wolf, released on April 2, 2013, contains the instrumentals that Tyler has been making since the age of 15. In August 2011, Tyler said that the album will be more focused on beats and have less rapping.
During the time fans have been in waiting for Wolf, Tyler performed several guest verses for other artists, notably "Trouble on My Mind" by GOOD Music artist Pusha T, "Martians vs. Goblins by Game (also featuring Lil Wayne), "I'ma Hata" by DJ Drama (also featuring Waka Flocka Flame and D-Bo), the title track from fellow Odd Future member Domo Genesis' collaboration album with The Alchemist, No Idols, and "Blossom & Burn" by Trash Talk (also featuring Hodgy Beats). Tyler also co-produced the song "666" from MellowHype's third album Numbers, which featured Mike G. Tyler won Best New Artist for "Yonkers" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. In an interview with DJ Semtex, he confirmed that he will handle all the production on his upcoming album, except one song produced by Left Brain. This was how the production on Goblin was dealt with.
Tyler initially announced in early 2011, after Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future announced that they will get their own TV show called Loiter Squad. It wasn't until September 8, 2011 that the show was finally confirmed as a 15-minute live action show composed of various sketches, man on the street segments, pranks and music made by OF. Dickhouse Productions, the production partnership that created Jackass, is scheduled to produce the show. The show premiered on March 25, 2012. Tyler has also directed music videos, acted in two roles, and also done work as a graphic artist.
On February 14, 2013, OFWGKTA uploaded a video to their YouTube account, which includes L-Boy skydiving and stating that Wolf will be released on April 2, 2013. The same day Tyler would reveal the three album covers via his Instagram. Through March and April Tyler will tour North America and Europe on the Wolf Tour. The first single from the album was released on February 14, 2013, titled "Domo23" along with the music video which features cameos from Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Jasper Dolphin and Taco Bennett. On February 26, 2013, Tyler performed the songs "Domo23" and "Treehome95" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Wolf was released on April 2, 2013 by Odd Future Records and RED Distribution under Sony Music Entertainment. It featured guest appearances by Frank Ocean, Mike G, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats, Pharrell, Casey Veggies and Erykah Badu. The album was produced solely by Tyler, The Creator, except for the final track "Lone". Along with the lead single "Domo23", music videos were filmed for "Bimmer", "IFHY" and "Jamba". Upon release the album was met with generally positive reviews and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 selling 90,000 copies in its first week.
Cherry Bomb (2015–present)
On April 9, 2015, Tyler released a new song entitled "Fucking Young" to the official OFWGKTA YouTube page along with a music video and short preview of another song entitled "Deathcamp". Tyler announced the same day that the songs will be featured on an upcoming album entitled Cherry Bomb due for release on April 13, 2015. Tyler announced via his twitter account that the album is to feature Charlie Wilson, Chaz Bundick and Cole Alexander from Black Lips. Two days later, Tyler performed the songs "Fucking Young" and "Deathcamp" for the first time at Coachella music festival. During the set, Tyler notably criticized VIP members in the audience, of which many were celebrities, and mocked television personality Kendall Jenner, telling her "fuck you", to which Jenner retaliated by "flipping the bird".
Tyler's fourth album Cherry Bomb was released digitally on April 13, 2015, through Tyler's own label Odd Future Records, with physical copies of the album, featuring five different album covers, set to be released on April 28, 2015. The album features performances from notable artists such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Schoolboy Q. The album will be supported with a world tour through North America, Europe and Asia, beginning at Coachella music festival on April 11, 2015 and ending in Tokyo, Japan in September 2015.
Tyler has been criticized for his use of homophobic slurs, in particular, his frequent use of the epithet faggot in his lyrics and on Twitter. He has denied accusations of homophobia, stating, "I'm not homophobic. I just say faggot and use gay as an adjective to describe stupid shit," and, "I'm not homophobic. I just think faggot hits and hurts people." However, he later said in an interview with MTV about the slurs, "Well, I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know. If it offends you, it offends you. If you call me a nigger, I really don't care, but that's just me, personally. Some people might take it the other way; I personally don't give a shit." Despite making several remarks that have been taken as homophobic, Tyler, The Creator was among the first to openly support fellow Odd Future member Frank Ocean after publicly revealing a past relationship with another young man.
Tyler has also been criticized for his graphic depictions of violence against women and his misogynistic lyrics. Brent DiCrescenzo of Time Out Chicago writes that rape is a "predominant theme" of Goblin and Hermione Hoby of The Guardian writes that Tyler's "rape and murder fantasies (are) graphic enough to send the vomit rising along with the bile." The Fader tallied 68 uses of the term "bitch" over Goblin's 73 minutes. Responding to Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara's criticism of his lyrics, Tyler tweeted: "If Tegan and Sara need some hard dick, hit me up!"
A series of three commercials for Mountain Dew directed by Tyler created controversy in May 2013, accused of using "racial stereotypes" and "making light of violence against women." In the spots an energy drink-loving goat character called "Felicia the Goat" is consecutively being "scapegoated" in a diner, in prison and on the road. During the 60-second ad in prison, a battered white woman on crutches examines a police line-up consisting of several African American men and one goat, while the goat antagonizes the woman. Syracuse professor and social critic Dr. Boyce Watkins stated that the ad was "arguably the most racist commercial in history". PepsiCo pulled the ad and apologized. Tyler released a statement claiming that the ad was not meant to "spark a controversy about race" and that "it was simply an, again, admittedly absurd story that was never meant to be taken seriously."
|2011-2013||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Himself||2011: Performed "Sandwitches" with Hodgy Beats
2013: Performed "Treehome95" with Coco O and "Domo23"
|2011||When I Was 17|
|Workaholics||Extra||Episode: "Heist School"|
|Regular Show||Blitz Comet
|Voice roles (Episode: "Rap It Up")|
|2012||Punk'd||Himself||2 episodes; Season 9, Episodes 2 and 4|
|Ridiculousness||Season 2, Episode 10: Tyler, The Creator & Taco Bennett|
|The Mindy Project||Rapper||Season 1, Episode 10: Mindy's Brother|
|2013||Late Show with David Letterman||Performed "Rusty" with Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt|
|The Arsenio Hall Show|
|Axe Cop||Liborg||2 episodes|
|2015||Black Dynamite||Broto||Season 2, episode 10: "The Wizard of Watts"|
|The Eric André Show||Himself||Season 3, episode 8: "Jimmy Kimmel; Tyler, the Creator"|
|2010||"Bastard"||Tyler, The Creator||Credited as Wolf Haley
Co-directed by Taco Bennett
|"French!" (featuring Hodgy Beats)|
|2011||"Yonkers"||Credited as Wolf Haley|
|"She" (featuring Frank Ocean)|
|"Bitch Suck Dick" (featuring Jasper Dolphin & Taco)|
|2012||"Rella"||Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis & Tyler, The Creator|
|"NY (Ned Flander)"||Hodgy Beats & Tyler, The Creator|
|"Sam (Is Dead)"||Domo Genesis & Tyler, The Creator|
|2013||"Domo 23/Bimmer"||Tyler, The Creator|
|"Whoa" (featuring Tyler, The Creator)||Earl Sweatshirt|
|"IFHY/Jamba" (featuring Pharrell and Hodgy Beats)||Tyler, The Creator|
|2015||"Fucking Young"||Tyler, the Creator|
Awards and nominations
|2011||O Music Awards||Most Outrageous Tweet||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best New Artist||Won|
|Video of the Year (Yonkers)||Nominated|
|MTV2 Sucker Free Awards||Rookie of the Year||Won|
|Must Follow Artist||Won|
|2013||Grammy Awards||Album of the Year (as featured artist)||Nominated|
|2014||mtvU Woodie Awards||Performing Woodie||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Art Direction (Tamale)||Nominated|
- Kujundzic, Petar. "Tyler, the Creator – Summer Camp Mix". Hypetrak.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- Caramanica, Jon (May 4, 2011). "Tyler, the Creator, of Odd Future and 'Goblin'", The New York Times
- "Lunch With Tyler On Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- "Tyler, the Creator". Wonderlandmagazine.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- "Tyler Gregory Okonma, Rapper Known As 'Tyler, The Creator,' Arrested At The Roxy Theatre". Huffington Post. December 23, 2011. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
- Caroline Ryder (October 14, 2010). "The Future Is Odd – Page 1 – Music – Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- Rob Markman (April 26, 2011). "Odd Future Record Deal Is Complete, Manager Confirms". MTV. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- Nardwuar on March 22, 2011 (2011-03-22). "Nardwuar vs. Odd Future : Nardwuar.com: Nardwuar's Video Vault!". Nardwuar.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Tyler the Creator is Half Nigerian? 3 More Things to Know About Him". Afripopmag.com. August 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "my moms mom is black, and her dad is white". Formspring.me. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
- "TYLER THE CREATOR : "Bastard" Lyrics". Sweetslyrics.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- "Tyler the Creator Injury - Sandwitches (Live) Breaks Foot / Loiter Squad @ House of Blues 6/18/11". YouTube.com. June 19, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "I read this really cute thing about you on Wikipedia, saying when you were 7 you'd take out album covers and make your own imaginary albums. Is that true? That's amazing, you have such a passion and always have | Formspring". Formspring.me. Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- Haley Longman (August 30, 2011). "10 Things to Know About VMA Winner Tyler, The Creator". Teen. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
- "Odd Future är tidningen som aldrig gavs ut (Tyler, The Creator-intervjun del 3)". SVT – PSL. April 28, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- Weiss, Jeff (April 10, 2011). "Howling Wolves". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
- "Consultation: A Review of Tyler, The Creator’s GOBLIN". frontpsych.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- "Tyler, The Creator Gets Odd In ‘Yonkers’". Rapfix.mtv.com. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- "Video: Tyler, The Creator "Yonkers"". Complex.com. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- "Tyler, The Creator – "Yonkers" Video". Stereogum. February 13, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- "WATCH: Shocking Clip From Odd Future Frontman". SPIN.com. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- "Yonkers – Single by Tyler, The Creator – Download Yonkers – Single on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. February 14, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- Cragg, Michael (August 23, 2010). "New music: Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers | Music | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- "Odd Future: 'Sandwitches' - Video - NBC.com". Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
- Waka Flocka Flame Wants Tyler, the Creator To Direct His Video, Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2011, retrieved July 30, 2011
- "Tyler, The Creator - Om Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (Del 6)". svtplay.se (in Swedish). Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- Wilkinson, Amy (August 29, 2011). "Tyler, The Creator Nabs Best New Artist VMA". MTV News. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-03-16). "Tyler, The Creator Expands "Wolf" Tour, Adds Dates With Earl Sweatshirt | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Watch the Video for Tyler, the Creator's New Single "Domo 23" - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Tyler, the Creator Debuts New Music on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
- Zoladz, Lindsay (January 31, 2014). "Mac DeMarco and Tyler, the Creator Are Working Together". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "Tyler, the Creator releases new song "Fucking Young"". OFWGKTA. April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- "Article on new album "Cherry Bomb" and newly released songs". Music Times. April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- "Tyler the Creator announces Cherry Bomb collaborators via Twitter". Twitter. April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- "Tyler the Creator announces Cherry Bomb collaborators via Twitter". Consequence of Sound. April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- "Kendall Jenner flips the bird at Tyler...". Daily Mail. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- "iTunes - Music - Cherry Bomb by Tyler, The Creator". Itunes.apple.com. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- "Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb Gets Five Album Covers, Physical Release Date". Pitchfork. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- "Tyler, The Creator on Twitter: "CHERRY BOMB. ITUNES. PLAY IT LOUD. PHYSICALS COME OUT ON THE 28TH https://t.co/1HVgiFuhhu"". Twitter.com. 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- Okonma, Tyler. "physical comes out on the 28TH its 5 covers". Twitter. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Tyler, the Creator releases new song "Fucking Young"". complex. April 12, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- "Stream Tyler, the Creator's New Album 'Cherry Bomb'". Rolling Stone. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- "Tyler, the Creator announces new album "Cherry Bomb"". Rap-Up. April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
- MacPherson, Alex (May 10, 2011). "Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point?". London: Guardian. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
- Gilchrist, Todd (May 13, 2011). "Odd Future Plays Secret L.A. Show". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- Pattison, Louis (2011) "Tyler, The Creator Goblin", NME, 14 May 2011, p. 12
- Lester, Paul (2011) "Tyler the Creator in the UK: forget hip-hop, we're the new Sex Pistols!", The Guardian, 7 May 2011, retrieved May 14, 2011
- MacPherson, Alex (May 10, 2011). "Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point?". London: Guardian. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
- "Tyler, The Creator Defends His Use Of The Other F-Word". MTV. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- "GLAAD calls VMA winner Tyler, The Creator ‘violently anti-gay’". Pink News. August 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
- "Frank Ocean Gets Support From Tyler, The Creator, Russell Simmons On Coming Out". MTV.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- Wlfson, Sam (May 20, 2011). "Pop Music is Full of Abuse and Misogyny Already. Tyler, the Creator's Simply on Trend", The Daily Telegraph, accessed September 27, 2011.
- Grossmann-Heinze, Dahlia (September 12, 2011)."Tyler, the Creator Reignites Debate About Misogyny in Music". Campus Progress, accessed September 27, 2011.
- DiCrescenzo, Brent (June 29, 2011). "The Case against Odd Future". Time Out Chicago, accessed September 27, 2011.
- Hoby, Hermione (May 08, 2011). "Rappers and rape: the incredible sound and hateful lyrics of Odd Future". The Guardian, accessed September 27, 2011.
- Fader Magazine. "By The Numbers: Tyler, The Creator’s Goblin". Accessed September 27, 2011.
- O'Neal, Sean (May 16, 2011). "Today in Tyler, The Creator: Tyler, The Creator responds to Tegan And Sara's accusation of misogyny in predictable way". The A.V. Club, accessed September 27, 2011.
- Stewart, Allison (May 17, 2011). "Tegan and Sara vs. Tyler, the Creator: The Internet reacts". The Washington Post, accessed September 27, 2011.
- Choi, Candice (May 1, 2013). "PepsiCo Pulls Ad After Criticism". Associated Press. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Cubarrubia, RJ (May 1, 2013). "Tyler, the Creator's Controversial Mountain Dew Ad Pulled Off the Air". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Barnes, Sia (May 3, 2013). "Tyler, the Creator Responds to Mountain Dew Ad Pull". BET. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- "Punk'd " Full Episodes". MTV. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- "Eric Andre Show Appearance". Spin. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "MTV Video Music Awards | 2011 | Highlights, Winners, Performers and Photos from the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards". MTV.com. 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Sucker Free | Vote". MTV. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- Tardio, Andres (2014-02-12). "Kendrick Lamar & Jay Z Among 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards Nominees | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tyler, the Creator.|