Throughout the years, rap has seen several artists alter their monikers to coincide with new phases of their lives and careers. REVOLT’s own Diddy has gone through names like Puff Daddy, Puff and Love, Kanye West has legally changed his name to Ye, and an Atlanta emcee has chosen to go by Latto following years of criticism about her initial stage name, Mulatto. According to a recent interview, Tyler, The Creator may soon be joining the bunch.
During a conversation with Fast Company, the Call Me If You Get Lost rapper explained that he went through three names before settling on Tyler, The Creator. After much growing and over a decade of going by the moniker, however, he admitted that he may just start using his birth name.
“My stage name was from, I made a MySpace page when I was 13– I had 3 of them, one was regular for friends, another one was for something else, and then the third one was just ideas, I would put drawings and photos I would take and I would upload beats on there. I started using that one more and random people from Kentucky would be, like, ‘Cool beats, bro!’ And so I just kept the Tyler, The Creator thing going and, you know, I’m 17 in high school, around LA, the name’s getting around, and I kind of just kept it as my stage name…,” the Grammy-award-winning emcee revealed. “But my full name, Tyler Okonma, in all caps just looks really cool. So you might see more of that, I don’t know, I’m getting older and I think when people get older, they start to realize shit, you just start changing.”
Look below to see Tyler, The Creator talk to Fast Company about the origins of his moniker, his potential name change and more.