Tyler, The Creator lives up to his name by being the pioneer of alternative hip-hop.
Born Tyler Gregory Okonma in Ladera Heights, a suburb of Los Angeles, Tyler’s love for music came at an early age. When he was seven, he would create covers for his own albums, and by 14, he learned how to play the piano.
After splitting his childhood between Los Angeles and Sacramento, his work career began at FedEx, where he spent two weeks before becoming a Starbucks barista for two years. His music career began on MySpace, and it was there where he came up with his stage name, “Tyler, The Creator.”
Toward the end of 2009, Tyler released his first mixtape, Bastard, and it put him on the map as an artist to keep an eye on. His first music video, “Yonkers,” was an underground hit and it pushed his first LP, Goblin, to number one on the hip-hop and R&B charts as well as a number five showing on the Billboard 200.
From that point on, Tyler, The Creator’s career was officially on the rise.
Goblin was the album that introduced us to “alternative hip-hop,” a subgenre of hip-hop that doesn’t really conform to the traditional sound of rap, much like alt-rock sidesteps the traditional forms of rock. Tyler’s sound incorporates pianos, guitars, and drums into the mix, creating an intoxicating sound that will easily hook in fans.
Not one to be pinned to one part of music, Tyler, The Creator has also become one of hip-hop's most sought-after music video directors, which recently got a huge boost when Juicy J recently requested Tyler to direct a music video to his latest single.
Tyler also produces albums and is the creator of the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, a wacky carnival that is combined with a music festival that takes over Los Angeles’ Exposition Park in October.
In February, Tyler won’t be in LA. He’ll make his way to the Orlando Amphitheater to perform his hit music with the likes of Vince Staples and Taco. This show is sure to be hot, so make sure that you get your tickets now to see one of hip-hop's most unique artists do his thing in the Magic Kingdom.
Tyler, The Creator with Vince Staples & Taco
February 13 @ 6:30pm
Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds -- 603 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808