Why Luh Tyler Is One of Rap’s Hottest New Faces
WHO IS LUH TYLER?
This 17-year-old native of Tallahassee, FL may still be in high school, but he’s already being called “the coolest teenager in rap,” the “coolest 17-year-old rapper in America,” and the genre’s “feel good story” right now.
Though his career is just getting off the ground, Luh Tyler has already accomplished things many much older artists never do. His sleepy, soft-spoken flow coupled with his effortless confidence while rapping over Detroit-inspired production (despite being from Florida) have amassed him a large fanbase within only about a year.
Tyler also released his debut album, My Vision, on Atlantic Records and Motion Music back in March, which peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart.
So how did this teenager born Tyler Meeks go all the way from cutting his teeth by rapping into his phone, to seeing his track “Law & Order” blow up on TikTok, to becoming one of rap’s biggest emerging young artists? Here’s a rundown of how Luh Tyler got to where he is now.
LUH TYLER’S SUCCESS STORY
Luh Tyler initially never planned on making music his career. He only began rapping last year at the age of 16, and used to record music using his earbuds as a mic to rap into his phone, and it would take the persuasion of one of his friends for him to release it. Now, he’s got a full studio album, viral success from many of his singles, and buzz as one of the biggest young rappers in America. Way to hit the ground running, Tyler!
Influenced by rap contemporaries like Kodak Black, Lil Baby and YoungBoy Never Broke Again (as well as veterans like Lil Wayne and Young Thug), Tyler first saw his music getting online attention just under a year ago, when he uploaded his track “Cut the Fan On” to YouTube. This helped spark interest from major labels, as well as help Tyler build a fanbase. In February, Luh Tyler would get a featured verse on fellow Floridian rapper Ski Mask the Slump God’s “Florida Water”.
“Law & Order” — a track sampling the theme from the show of the same name, and interpolating Veeze’s same-named song — proved to be Luh Tyler’s breakthrough single. As much as the beat sounds fairly mellow and unassuming, Tyler wastes no time making his presence felt on the track. The song has now amassed a staggering 28 million views on YouTube. Better yet, Tyler made “Law & Order” while using BandLab on his phone — a pretty low barrier to entry for mainstream success!
HOW TIKTOK HELPED BREAK TYLER
Like so many emerging artists these days, LuhTyler would experience his first taste of mainstream ubiquity via TikTok. “Law & Order” in particular saw massive success on the platform, and videos under the search term “law and order luh tyler” have 901 million views and counting. Tracks like “Jayda Wayda” and “Planet Fitness” would also both experience viral success, and were the first tracks he uploaded as Luh Tyler last year. Aside from TikTok, Tyler also attributes part of his success to Instagram. He says this in an interview with Complex:
“That's what lets everybody see my shit for real. Social media, that's how your shit get around now. Ain't no mixtape and CDs no more.”
In addition to more than 605,000 TikTok followers, Luh Tyler still has plenty of online success under his belt elsewhere. He currently boasts more than 880,000 followers on Instagram, and 11 of his videos have eclipsed a minimum of 1 million views each on YouTube. After “Law & Order”, his biggest video on the platform is "Back Flippin”, which has 8.3 million views to date. The videos for “Fat Racks” — both the original and the remix featuring BabyTron — have amassed a total of more than 7.5 million views combined. He also currently has 2.2 million monthly Spotify listeners.
WHERE HE IS NOW, AND WHAT’S NEXT
The continued rise of Luh Tyler in the rap world has not gone unnoticed by big industry names. Though there are guest spots from artists like Trapland Pat, LoeShimmy and BabyTron, My Vision’s biggest feature is Lil Uzi Vert (another influence of Tyler’s), who links up with Tyler on the track “Ransom”. In an interview with Complex, Tyler had this to say about working with Uzi:
"When he hit me up he just hit my DMs, and he asked where I was at. And I was like, ‘Oh man.’ Then he was like, ‘Pull up to the studio.’ And I just pulled up on him. Then we was in that bih all night. We did another song too. But he got that one, and then we did the ‘Ransom.’ I had went to sleep, because he was in that bitch so long, he was just doing shit. He comes in there, does a song, comes out, be like, ‘Nah, that ain't good enough.' Delete the whole song.”
Luh Tyler has also had his music played on TNT during the NBA playoffs, and has performed at Rolling Loud in both Miami and California. On top of that, he’s also been named among XXL’s 2023 Freshman Class, and his track “Get It” with Anti Da Menace is featured on the soundtrack to Fast X, the 10th and most recent instalment in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. Soon, Tyler will be hitting the road opening for Moneybagg Yo in arenas across the United States.
FAQS ABOUT LUH TYLER
Where is Luh Tyler from?
Luh Tyler was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.
How old is Luh Tyler?
Luh Tyler is 17 years old, and was born on February 20, 2006.
What is Luh Tyler’s real name?
Luh Tyler’s real name is Tyler Meeks.
Who is Luh Tyler signed to?
Luh Tyler is signed to Atlantic Records, and releases music through Atlantic and Motion Music.
What was Luh Tyler’s breakout song?
“Law & Order” is Luh Tyler’s breakout single, and especially gained momentum through heavy use on TikTok.
Who influenced Luh Tyler’s music?
Among Luh Tyler’s influences are Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Young Thug, Kodak Black, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and fellow Tallahassee emcee Trapland Pat.
What’s next for Luh Tyler?
Luh Tyler is about to go on tour with Moneybagg Yo across the U.S., including arena dates in Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC, and Nashville.
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