(AllHipHop News) In many ways, Tyler, The Creator is a professional internet troll.
Tyler actually once tweeted, “Wanted To Tell You Guys Again That I Am Troll Of 2011.”
The rapper also built a following by writing controversial lyrics, pulling pranks, and being an all around smart-a##.
Large sections of the internet use trolling to purposely offend or trigger people.
Others, like Tyler, typically troll on the net as a way to spark discussion.
The Scum F-ck Flower Boy album creator has also been a target of social media users, especially this week after rumors suggest he comes out of the closet on the project.
Prior to the recent anti-gay comments being posted on his Instagram page, Tyler spoke to Dazed about hateful messages he receives online.
“I was actually living life,” explained Tyler on taking a break from social media. “Like you don’t need to know everything I’m doing. ‘Where are you?’ ‘Post!’ Like, bro, I’m living life. Go learn a f-cking hobby.”
He continued, “Literally, you have people on the internet who talk all day and comment, but can’t speak in person, who actually don’t have social skills, who can’t play an instrument, who can’t draw, who can’t do anything; but they like and leave comments on other people’s sh-t. And that sh-t is crazy to me.”
The recent negativity being hurled at Tyler follows years of critics accusing him of promoting homophobia in his music.
“I’m not homophobic. I just think ‘f-ggot’ hits and hurts people. It hits. And ‘gay’ just means you’re stupid,” the Los Angeles native told NME in 2011. “I don’t know, we don’t think about it, we’re just kids. We don’t think about that sh-t. But I don’t hate gay people. I don’t want anyone to think I’m homophobic.”