News: Tyler The Creator Predicts His Own Death, "I'm Going To Die Like That" [Video]

Monday, May 2, 2011 5:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Odd Future's Tyler the Creator recently spoke on his career and predicted how his fortune and fame would all come to a fatal end.

According to Tyler, he believes his fate will be the same as famous late Beatles singer John Lennon.

"You know how John Lennon died?," Tyler asked in an interview. "I'm going to die like that. And I already know who this kid is." (Pitchfork)

Lennon was fatally shot in New York City on December 8, 1980.

During the summer of 1980, Lennon returned to recording, signing a new contract with Geffen Records. Comprised equally of material by Lennon and Ono, Double Fantasy was released in November to positive reviews. As the album and its accompanying single, "(Just Like) Starting Over," were climbing the charts, Lennon was assassinated on December 8 by Mark David Chapman. Lennon's death inspired deep grief from the entire world; on December 14, millions of fans around the world participated in a ten-minute silent vigil for Lennon at 2 p.m. EST. (All Music)

Recently, Tyler the Creator opened up about wanting mainstream appeal.

"I'm hungry for greatness," Tyler said in an interview. "I want to be great, I want to be an icon. I want when I die, I want people to cry -- I'm hungry for VMA's and Grammy's, that's what I'm hungry for. You know? F*ck this underground bullsh*t...Greatness is a different definition to different people...Greatness if the f*cking song that I wrote last week, somebody might not find that great but it's great to me. And that's all that matters, what the f*ck I think in my head -- Greatness to me is finally getting my video played on MTV. It's on there now and I'm f*cking, I'm happy. I finally got my sh*t on f*cking MTV and some people may think that's selling out or whatever but I don't really give a f*ck. That's f*cking great to me. I'm proud of myself. I've been wanting that since I was seven years old and I finally got that sh*t. Hard works pays the f*ck off." (The Drone)

Last week, Odd Future officially inked a record deal with RED Distribution/Sony.

"It's based on getting the distribution deal we've always envisioned that allows the group to 'sign themselves' to their own company and keep their masters," manager Chris Clancy said in a statement. "They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business. Freedom and ownership was the whole point. Red and Sony know that its in everyone's best interest to maintain the group's authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. There's no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. It's about to be fun.. and different.. " (Rap Radar)

Check out Tyler the Creator's interview below:

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