Tyler The Creator & Vince Staples

On February 17, 2018
18:00 - 22:00
Ricoh Coliseum
100 Princes' Blvd.
M6K 3C3, Toronto

Tyler showed an interest to music from an incredibly young age, at the age of seven, he would take the cover out of an album's case and create covers for his own imaginary albums including a track list with song times before he could even make music. At fourteen, he taught himself to play the piano and music became a constant in his ever changing home life, he attended twelve different schools over his twelve year education.

On December 25, 2009, Tyler self released his first album entitled 'Bastard' which went on to receive rave reviews from critics, including Pitchfork Media who placed it at #32 on their top 100 albums of the year list. He followed this up with 'Goblin' which secured him a one album deal with XL Recordings. His next album 'Wolf' was released in 2013 and was produced solely by Tyler, featuring guest appearances from Frank Ocean, Mike G, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain and Hodgy Beats.

Tyler has found himself at the centre of negative media attention for his use of homophobic slurs,frequently the use of the epithet faggot in his lyrics and on social media. He personally denied the accusations of homophobia, stating, "I'm not homophobic. I just say faggot and use gay as an adjective to describe stupid shit," and, "I'm not homophobic. I just think faggot hits and hurts people". He appears to understand very little of the impact of his derogatory use of language. However Tyler, The Creator was the first to openly show support for fellow Odd Future member Frank Ocean after he revealed he had a relationship with another younger man. The young rapper has managed to collect a number of nominations at the MTV Music Video Awards, along with acclaim for his solo discography and work within Odd Future despite numerous controversies surrounding his lyrical content.

 

Staples had a great start in hip hop after moving in with hip hop collective Odd future's producer Syd Tha Kyd after being kicked out from his house. Since then he has been a frequent collaborator with numerous members of Odd Future including a 2012 mixtape entitled 'Winter In Prague' which was produced entirely by Michael Uzowuru.

Vince appeared three times on Earl Sweatshirt's debut album 'Doris' and after this successful collaboration it was revealed he had signed to Hip hop record label Def Jam Recordings. His most notable feature for this album was on the single 'Hive' which went on to chart at #57 on the US R & B Charts upon release. He also found success on the 'Stolen Youth' mixtape which was a collaboration with Mac Miller and featured guest appearances from Ab Soul and Schoolboy Q amongst others. It was received well by critics and his underground fanbase.

After the release of several successful mixtapes, he released his first official EP 'Hell Can Wait' in October 2014 which features seven tracks and was a complete critical success. Pitchfork Media awarded it an impressive mark of 8.5/10. It featured two singles, 'Blue Suede' and 'Hands Up' which both appeared on the iTunes store.

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