Tyler, the Creator is an American singer, rapper, producer, and director of music videos. He co-founded the thriving hip-hop collective known as Odd Future, producing as well as performing on almost every project released by the group. He also designs their merchandise and artwork for covers and clothing.
This entertainer is also widely popular as a solo artist with four albums, including a Grammy-nominated project to his name. Tyler is one of those creative types who can do a lot of things. On top of his musical career, he also has a clothing brand named Golf Wang and a streaming service named Golf Media. He has won a number of awards for his music and is regarded as one of the influential artists of this generation.
Tyler the Creator Biography (Age)
The popular hip-hop artist was born Tyler Gregory Okonma on March 6, 1991, in Ladera Heights, California to a mother of African-American and Canadian descent, and a Nigerian father, whom he has never met. Tyler was raised with his sister in the neighborhood of his birth. He had a troubling childhood and had to change schools a lot. In 12 years, he attended 12 different schools spread across Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Tyler’s interest in music began at a young age. When he was seven, he began making his own imaginary albums, complete with covers, tracklist, and song lengths, replacing the covers of album cases he could find with his own designs. When he turned fourteen, his passion for music took on new heat and he decided to learn a musical instrument. He taught himself to play the piano and soon became very skilled at it.
Despite his obvious musical talent, Tyler didn’t dive headfirst into show business. He began working odd jobs to stay afloat. He worked at FedEx for a couple of weeks, then at Starbucks for more than two years. In the meantime, he began putting some of his work out in public via a MySpace page, which later became the inspiration for his stage name.
In 2007, Tyler The Creator banded a group of artists together and the alternative hip-hop group, Odd Future was born. They released their debut mixtape the following year garnering an impressive following. As a solo artist, Tyler self-released his debut project, a mixtape titled Bastard in December 2009. Pitchfork Media ranked the album at number 32 of their Top Albums of 2010 list.
He signed a one-album contract with XL Recording, under which he released Goblin, his first studio album. It was an experimental album and it did very well on the music charts. One of the album’s singles, Yonkers, won him the Best New Artist accolade at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
Not one to rest on his oars, the super talented musician began working on his second album, Wolf, which was released in April 2013. The record featured big names like Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and Pharell Williams. It was well-received, debuting at No. 3 on Billboard’s 200, and selling over 90,000 copies in the first week of its release.
Tyler released Cherry Bomb, his third studio album digitally through Odd Future Records on April 13, 2015, while physical copies followed two weeks later and were available in five different album covers. The set included collaborations with hip-hop favorites such as Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, and Lil Wayne.
Two years later, Tyler re-entered the music scene with a fourth album, Scum Fuck Flower Boy, which was preceded by a single featuring A$AP Rocky, titled Who Dat Boy. The album received critical acclaim and is considered his most successful project to date. It scored a nomination at the 60th Annual Grammy Award in the Best Rap Album category. He has gone on to release a few more independent singles including Okra, 435, and Potato Salad.
His Net Worth
The hip-hop star has managed to create a name for himself in the music industry, earning fame and wealth along the way. He’s dabbled in a lot of things that have handed him many sources of income. His net worth has grown significantly since the release of his first studio album. At present, Tyler The Creator is estimated to have a net worth of $6 million.
Is Tyler The Creator Gay?
There have been a lot of rumors and speculations about Tyler the Creator’s sexual orientation. The lyrics in many of his songs have aroused controversy for being full of homophobic slurs that people have found to be offensive. However, Tyler denied being homophobic, stating that he only used these slurs to refer to things he considered stupid and that they had nothing to do with the gay community.
The album, Flower Boy had a lot of suggestive lyrics that led people to think he was getting ready to come out as gay, which gained renewed energy when Tyler revealed that he had a boyfriend when he was 15, although he later claimed it was only a figure of speech. Tyler has also been rumored to be dating some women like Iggy Azalea and Kendall Jenner in the past.
Recently, the rapper Jaden Smith came out of the closet and announced at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival that Tyler was his boyfriend. He later confirmed this statement on a radio show, calling Tyler his boyfriend again. However, Tyler the Creator is yet to deny or affirm their relationship.
Other Interesting Facts About Tyler
Check out further interesting facts about Tyler the Creator:
1. He was banned from visiting the U.K. for 3-5 years based on some controversial lyrics on the song Bastard.
2. Tyler the Creator has his own television show called Loiter Squad. It’s an absurd comedy series featuring members of Odd Future.
3. The rapper was an athletic child who loved to skate, and he still enjoys spending some of his leisure time skating.
4. Unlike most rappers who like to smoke, Tyler the Creator avoids cigarettes like a plague because of his asthma. In fact, he has hopes of becoming a spokesperson for the condition.
5. Tyler doesn’t rap about his religious beliefs because he does not believe in God. The artist is an outspoken atheist.