Tyler, the Creator: 5 Things to Know About the Rapper
The rapper plays the piano, eats bugs and stirs up controversy
He gave a bleep-filled acceptance speech after winning a Moonman for best new artist at MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. But fans of Tyler, the Creator, frontman of the hip-hop group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (a.k.a. Odd Future or OFWGKTA), were not likely surprised by his antics.
The rapper, 20, whose real name is Tyler Okonma, is known for his provocative lyrics and profane Tweets.
Here are five things to know about Tyler, the Creator:
1. He’s multi-talented
Tyler, the Creator raps, produces music and plays the piano. He even directed the video for “Yonkers,” which earned him the best new artist VMA.
2. He’s controversial
In the video for “Yonkers,” a song from his album Goblin, Tyler claims he’s a “walkin’ paradox” and eats, then throws up a cockroach before hanging himself with a noose at the end. The shocking video, which has been viewed almost 20 million times on YouTube.com, is characteristically controversial for the rapper who regularly uses slurs such as the “f-word” and the “n-word.”
3. He’s not a fan of Bruno Mars
During the VMAs pre-show, Tyler revealed that he hates music of fellow best new artist nominee Bruno Mars. In fact, if “Grenade” by Mars had won over “Yonkers,” Tyler said, “I might kill myself.” As for Mars’s tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, he said, “He put on a good performance. But I still hate his f––king music.”
4. He is a fan of Selena Gomez
While walking the black carpet into the show on Sunday, Tyler spotted MTV’s fashion correspondent and told PEOPLE, “Oh my god, I think Selena Gomez is over there! I love her!” He also Tweeted, “Just Seen Selena, Having An Asthma Attack.”
5. He’s hurt
After accepting his Moonman, Tyler says he fell off stage into Kanye West‘s arms. “Damn,” he Tweeted, “I Just Fell On @kanyewest And Kid Cudi. Like, I’m Hurt.”