Who is Tyler, the Creator?
Tyler Gregory Okonma was born on 6 March 1991, in Ladera Heights, California USA, and as Tyler, the Creator, is known a rapper, music video director and record producer, who rose to fame as a part of Odd Future, a hip hop collective. Under his stage name, he has released mixtapes such as “Bastard” and “Goblin”.
Net Worth and Ethnicity
So just how rich is Tyler, the Creator as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this singer has net worth of $6 million, accumulated from his over a decade-long career in the previously mentioned field. Speaking about his ethnicity, Tyler is black.
Early Life and Background
Tyler was born into a family of part-Nigerian, African-American and European-Canadian ancestry. Speaking about his family life, he stated that he has never met his father; he spent his formative years living in the communities of his hometown. He was interested in music from an early age, and at the age of seven he would create imaginary albums, then aged 14, he began playing the piano. Prior to becoming a singer, he worked at FedEx and Starbucks, spending more than two years working for the latter company.
In late December 2009, Tyler released his debut mixtape entitled “Bastard”, which rose to 30th position on the Pitchfork’s list of the top albums of 2010. In February 2011, he uploaded the music video for “Yonkers”, which was the first single from his debut album entitled “Goblin”, eventually released in early May of the same year, featuring 15 songs including the title song, “She”, “Transylvania”, “Nightmare” and “Her”. It made its debut on the US Billboard 200 at number five, having sold more than 45,000 copies in the US alone in its first week of release, and subsequently gaining gold certification from the RIAA, and achieving success in countries such as Norway and the UK.
In early 2010 Tyler announced that he would be working on an album entitled “Wolf”, eventually released in mid-2012 and featuring 18 tracks such as “Awkward”, “Answer”, “Slater”, made in collaboration with Frank Ocean, “Cowboy” and “Jamba”, and generally reviewed favorably by sources such as The Independent, Los Angeles Times and Pitchfork, plus appearing on charts in countries such as Norway, the UK and US, peaking in first place on the US Top Rap Albums, and second place on US Top R&B Hip-Hop Albums. When it comes to its year-end chart performance, it took 23rd position on the US Rap Albums and 41st position on the US R&B and Hip Hop Albums.
2015 – Present
In early 2015, and after releasing a new song under the title “F****** Young”, Tyler released yet another album, entitled “Cherry Bomb”, digitally in April of the same year through Odd Future Records, and the physical version in late April. “Cherry Bomb” featured 13 songs such as “Deathcamp”, “Buffalo”, “Smuckers” and “Run”, and was made in collaboration with artists such as Cole Alexander, Syd Bennett, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and Kanye West. It was well received by both critics and fans, being described as “another freaky trip worth taking” and “Tyler’s greatest creation to date”. It was then announced that Tyler would be going on tour, which would begin at the Coachella Festival and end in September, in Tokyo.
The lyrics of Tyler’s album “Flower Boy” stirred rumors that Tyler is gay. In one interview, he revealed that he had a boyfriend when he was 15, however, later on he said that it was only a figure of speech. When it comes to his religious beliefs, Tyler is an atheist, and throughout his career his tracks have been filled with anti-religious lyrics, most notably on “Goblin” and “Bastard”. Reportedly, Tyler is a big fan of BMX bikes.
ControversiesTyler has been criticized for the use of homophobic language in his lyrics and on his Twitter page. However, he denied being homophobic, stating that he uses the slur as adjectives to describe “stupid s*it”. Later on, he added that he has gay fans, who don’t take it as an offence. Despite all of that, he was the first one who openly supported Frank Ocean, the member of Odd Future, when he came out as gay. In addition to being accused of homophobia, Tyler has also been accused of sexism, as the result of his apparently somewhat misogynistic lyrics, including being criticized by fellow singers Sara and Tegan. Regardless, he is still single.
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— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) January 29, 2018
Social Media and News
Tyler is active on social media such as Twitter and Instagram, and is followed by more than seven million people on the former and four million on the latter. He uses his social media to communicate with his fans, but also to promote his upcoming projects. In March 2018, Tyler cancelled his South American tour, but in early April he released a new song, under the title “Okra”.