Tyler Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known
by his stage name Tyler, the Creator, is an American rapper and record
producer from Los Angeles, California. He is the leader of the alternative
hip hop collective OFWGKTA. He has rapped on and produced songs
for nearly every OFWGKTA release.
At the age of 7, Tyler would take the covers out of an albums case
and create covers for his own imaginary albums including a tracklist
with song times before he could even make music.
Tyler attended twelve different schools during his twelve years
of education, including schools in Sacramento and the Los Angeles
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
OFWGKTA 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
Tyler's third album Wolf is scheduled for release in 2012. It will
contain the instrumentals that Tyler made since he was 15.
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."
Main article: Tyler, the Creator discography
The Odd Future Tape (with OFWGKTA) (2008)
Radical (with OFWGKTA) (2010)
Casey Veggies - Customized Greatly (2007)
OFWGKTA - The Odd Future Tape (2008)
Brandun DeShay - Volume: One! For the Money (2008)
Brandun DeShay - Volume: Two! For the Show (2009)
Casey Veggies - Customized Greatly Vol. 2 (2009)
Hodgy Beats - The Dena Tape (2009)
Tyler, the Creator - Bastard (2009)
MellowHype - YelloWhite (2010)
Earl Sweatshirt - Earl (2010)
Mike G - Ali (2010)
Domo Genesis - Rolling Papers (2010)
Casey Veggies - Sleeping in Class (2010)
The Jet Age of Tomorrow - The Journey to the 5th Echelon (2011)
Tyler, the Creator - Goblin (2011)