Rapzilla Freshmen tylerhateslife: Tragedy, Adversity, & Stacked Odds Fuel One of CHH’s Most Unique Artists
2021 Rapzilla Freshmen tylerhateslife doesn’t actually hate life. The name is a reference to John 12:25, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (NIV). This doesn’t mean he’s doing nothing with his life; on the contrary, he’s just getting started.
Tyler’s music interest started in high school out of boredom. He challenged himself to learn guitar during summer vacation, using his dad’s old electric guitar. He did just that.
“A friend of mine told me, ‘you look like more of a bass player. You couldn’t [play that]’. He just doubted me, and that’s how end up succeeding at things – is by people telling me I couldn’t do it.”
Learning it was just for fun. He made some songs because it was enjoyable to him. When he was 18, Tyler’s mother died from a drug overdose. The two had a complicated relationship. She and Tyler’s father had divorced when Tyler was three. His father was a Christian, while she was not. To cope with his loss, Tyler turned to music; mainly because he could learn and progress in it quickly
“I was always seeking the attention of my mom, so that’s why everything my mom liked was such a big inspiration to me.”
To this day, his mother’s death influences his music and life.
After graduating high school, Tyler confronted the issue every graduate has: what to do as a career. For him, football and music contended for his future. Starting on varsity his sophomore year, Tyler knew he had skill with football, but also he learned music quickly and knew he had a talent for it.
“I was thinking ‘am I going to make it to the NFL or am I going to sing at Staples Center one day? Which one is bigger? Which one is going to be more reasonable? What can I actually do’? I believed that, if I tried hard enough, I could succeed at music more.”
A little after graduation, Tyler achieved some career success. A scout saw Tyler play and signed him up for a competition at the Brass House in Austin, Texas. The winner would go play at SXSW.
“Up to this point, it has also been me and my looper. So I get there, and the guy is like ‘bro where’s your band at’? I was like ‘oh, it’s just me’. They got mad at me like, ‘are you kidding me dude? You’re supposed to have a band’. It was a competition, but it was also supposed to be a show, so they wanted to have it pumped up, and so me not having a band would kill the mood in their eyes.”
The opposite happened. He walked on stage and wowed the crowd with his signing and looping abilities. Tyler won the competition and went to SXSW the same year.
Tyler’s aptitude at live music became a double-edged sword for him, however. For the first few years of him creating music, Tyler did everything live and recorded nothing. A major part of being an artist is recording, something which he had no experience in.
“My challenge has been trying to make everything go from as good as it is live and also making it that good on an audio track.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has not helped Tyler’s career either, as now his strength of live shows was extremely limited.
Another challenge known all too well for artists is the money. Starting out as a music artist is not lucrative and Tyler wanted for him, and eventually, his wife and kids, to be able to live comfortably while he pursued music. He chose to join the military, a career that he was considering in high school. He is now chaplain assistant in the 75 Ranger Regiment.
“I chose the military because I had already been interested in it and I didn’t have any desire at all to go to college. I wanted the job other than music to also be something I could be super proud of myself for,” tylerhateslife said, “and wanted to achieve a dream before I achieved a dream if that makes any sense… Besides music, I don’t think there could be a better job for me. Imagine being like a youth pastor in the army, but a little more physical.”
The future is bright, however. The end of the pandemic may be in sight, meaning tylerhateslife can shine on stage once again. The Rapzilla Freshmen has used 2020 to hone his recording skills and has cooked up some singles for the future. In the future, he will be dropping more rap-heavy tracks and eventually an album.
“Out of CHH, there’s not a lot of guys who can do what I can do,” tylerhateslife said. “I’m not trying to be cocky, but in reality, I know how to make a song from scratch, put it out in a day, and on top of that, I can do it live.”