Tyler Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, music video director, actor, graphic artist and fashion designer from Los Angeles, currently signed to English independent record label XL Recordings and his own record label, Odd Future Records. He is the leader of the alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA.
He has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every OFWGKTA release. He also creates all the artwork for the group's releases and said in an interview with DJ Semtex that he designs all the groups clothing and other merchandise as well.
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 10, 2011.
During an interview with Tyler for Interview, Waka Flocka Flame expressed his interest in collaborating with the Odd Future frontman to direct a music video for him.
Tyler's third album Wolf is scheduled for release in 2012. It will contain the instrumentals that Tyler has been making since the age of 15.
Tyler won Best New Artist for "Yonkers" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.