Tyler, The Creator: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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  • Published on:  Thursday, December 14, 2017
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    Dec. 11, 2017 | Sidney Madden -- Tyler, The Creator's Tiny Desk performance was a first for many reasons. It was the Los Angeles rapper's first time performing at our offices, but moreover, it was the Tiny Desk's first nighttime performance, a special request from Tyler and his team in order to professionally light the "stage" themselves. Members of Tyler's lighting crew came to the office a day before to set it up, eventually bathing him and his band in shades of fuchsia, orange and blue — one for each song — during the early evening show.

    Flower Boy, Tyler's latest album, is much like this Tiny Desk performance; a surprising departure from the expected. Four albums in, he has matured as a producer, rapper and human being. Often equated to hip-hop's class clown, the 26-year-old peels back his own mask of immaturity to reveal a young adult grappling with anxiety, fear and uncertainty of self.

    After he was done, Tyler did something of a modified mic-drop, throwing his tambourine in celebration of what he and his band had accomplished. Always one to stay casually connected with his fans, Tyler made time — nearly an hour after the performance was done —- to pose for photos, sign merch and crack jokes with (and on) everyone around him.

    Set List


    "See You Again"


    Tyler Okonma (vocals, keys), Jaret Landon (MD/Keys) Dré Pinckney (Bass), Dalton Hodo (Drums), Kaye Fox (background vocals), Kiandra Richardson (background vocals)

    Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Lighting: Max McDougall; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Beck Harlan, Alyse Young; Production Assistants: Paul Wichmann, Salvatore Maicki; Photo: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR

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  • Sir Isaac Newton
    Sir Isaac Newton  2 hours ago

    Watching this, I felt like I was on another planet. One created by Tyler.

  • Jason Reacts
    Jason Reacts  14 hours ago

    Tyler is a musical genius

  • tonygoggles
    tonygoggles  21 hours ago

    this is so blessed

  • Marina M
    Marina M  yesterday

    Those women are so beautiful and their voices are amazing. Like holy cow.😍

  • Masiha Noori
    Masiha Noori  yesterday

    Love the 90s R&B harmony these girls have 💙

  • Sheldon Williams
    Sheldon Williams  yesterday

    Bro these women singers are amazing

  • Harley nobes
    Harley nobes  yesterday

    I hate how talented they all are.

  • Harmony Hill
    Harmony Hill  2 days ago

    This was so beautiful I teared up a lot

  • Logan Crum
    Logan Crum  2 days ago

    2.7k thumbs down...and WHO the hell disliked this?

  • Shewanda Floyd
    Shewanda Floyd  2 days ago

    I feel as if I’m the only one that cried when see you again started

  • Cameron K
    Cameron K  2 days ago

  • AWHVuurwerk
    AWHVuurwerk  2 days ago

    9:10 ahh imperfection <3

  • Owen Cunningham
    Owen Cunningham  3 days ago


  • T - Dave Beatz
    T - Dave Beatz  3 days ago

    This was dope 🔥

  • Shonneez Hajee
    Shonneez Hajee  3 days ago

    This is precious

  • RetNooZ
    RetNooZ  3 days ago

    Do they sing: tyler is a [email protected]♡cker??

  • Drayton Holmes
    Drayton Holmes  3 days ago

    Them sistas just hypnotized me thank you for the potential dreams.

  • Alec Valentino
    Alec Valentino  3 days ago

    Those bitches suck

  • Duncan Haslam
    Duncan Haslam  4 days ago

    Amazing 🤗👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼❤️🙌🏼🏋🏼‍♂️

  • Sophie M.
    Sophie M.  4 days ago

    Shouts to that keyboard player-Jared-305 Miami represent!!!! lol
    Seriously though, wicked performance great band to back Tyler's crazy talented self.