The moniker “Tyler, The Creator” is here to stay…at least for right now. In the wee hours of Thursday morning (Dec. 3o), the California emcee took to Twitter to refute reports that he may change his stage name.
“I NEVER SAID I WAS CHANGING MY NAME, ARE YOU STUPID? YES,” he wrote in the first of two now-deleted tweets. “WILL EMBRACE MY LAST NAME MORE, LESS WOLF HALEY, NEVER SAID I WAS GONNA CHANGE MY STAGE NAME, WHAT YO EARS ON BRO?” In a third post, he laughed at the implication of a tweet written in all capitalized letters. “ALL CAPS MAKES YOU THINK THE PERSON IS MAD OR SOMETHING HA, WILD IT GIVES OFF THAT EMOTION JUST BEING UPPERCASE.”
“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,” he previously explained. “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.”
At the time, he admitted that the moniker “just works” although the story behind it is “dumb.” He also informed fans that he may begin going by his legal name a lot more. “But my full name, Tyler Okonma, in all caps just looks really cool,” he said. “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.”
See the aforementioned tweets below.