Given Name: Tyler Gregory Okonma
Aliases: Wolf Haley, Thurnis Haley, Young Nigga, Dr. TC, Ace The Creator
Occupations: Rapper, Producer, Video Director, Actor
Releases: The Odd Future Tape, collaborative mixtape, November 2008; Bastard, mixtape, December 2009; Radical, collaborative mixtape, May 2010; Goblin, debut album, May 2011; 12 Odd Future Songs, collaborative compilation, October 2011; The OF Tape Vol. 2, collaborative album, March 2012; Wolf, album, April 2013.
Career Highlights: Tyler first attracted a lot of attention for his unsettling, minimal "Yonkers" video, which later won him the Award for Best New Artist at the 2011 VMAs. After the release of the video, he announced that his upcoming album Goblin would be released on XL Records. An appearance with Hodgy Beats on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to perform "Sandwitches" would land Tyler and his group even more recognition in February 2011. Later that year, Tyler inked a deal with Sony for an imprint called Odd Future Records, which has released most of the group's subsequent material, as well as an album by hardcore punk band Trash Talk. In September 2011, Tyler announced that he and several other OF members had reached a deal with Adult Swim to air a sketch comedy show called "Loiter Squad."
Sound: As a producer, Tyler's tough to pin down. Becoming initially noticed for his dark sonic templates, he began incorporating elements of jazz, R&B, dream pop and indie rock into his music, collaborating with Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Laetitia Sadier of the French group Stereolab on 2013's Wolf. He's done production work for nearly all of his OF companions, as well as Mac Miller, Pusha T, and most recently, Schoolboy Q. Even though he's no doubt gotten access to better studio equipment since his early days, most of his music still carries a distorted, lo-fi vibe. Tyler doesn't partake in drugs, but that doesn't stop his music from retaining very trippy elements.
Strengths: While he's often faced criticism for his violent and controversial lyrics, Tyler's rapping is at its best when he's discussing his life in honest, unadulterated terms. In particular, his relationship with his father fueled most of his debut mixtape, Bastard. Otherwise, many of his lyrics are nonsensical and strange, reflecting a very unique sense of humor that involves (among many, many other things) cats, vampires, references to children's TV shows and some questionable treatment of women. Overall, his self-awareness is what makes his work stand out, seeming much more conscious of its influences, effects and ability to piss people off. He's fiercely defensive of everyone in Odd Future, very sarcastic, and incredibly intelligent. Tyler is anything but your typical rapper.