But what fans may not know is that Tyler is also a producer. Along with MellowHype's Left Brain, Tyler has produced a majority of Odd Future's rich but brief catalog. A photo recently surfaced of Left Brain and Tyler in the studio with Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. Both Left Brain and Tyler's work is deeply influenced by the once-ubiquitous production duo, and Tyler has made no secret of their impact on his life, even tweeting about meeting with Pharrell.
"F---. I was with my idol yesterday and it just f---ing hit me," the sailor-tongued 19-year-old wrote. "To know he's a f---ing huge fan is f---ing crazy. My heart was beating so fast I almost passed out."
When MTV News caught up with Tyler (and the rest of the crew from OF last month), he revealed that he's very protective of his work. Initially, he didn't even let his mother know that he was performing at shows and making videos, and he barely let her hear his music.
"She found out through other people. Like two weeks ago at her job, two kids from UCLA came in there talking about us and [she] was like, 'Wait, what are you talking about?' And they found out that was my mom."
Tyler only recently started making beats out in the open, and it took him the longest time to play them for other people.
"I would put it on MySpace, but I would never play kids at school my sh--, because they didn't get it and that was my sh--. So when they attacked it, it was like they were attacking me. That's just my nature and the reason why I didn't play it for the kids at school is because they said they didn't like that sh--. I didn't f--- with them, and words would've been exchanged and n---as would've got into a fight [if they did criticize it]. So I just prevented myself from [situations] like that."
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