Luh Tyler – 2023 XXL Freshman
- GOV'T NAME: Tyler Meeks
- AGE: 17
- REPPIN': Tallahassee, Fla.
- TWITTER: @realluhtyler
- INSTAGRAM: @luhtyler_
- TIKTOK: @officialluhtyler
- NOTABLE RELEASES: Songs: “Law & Order” “Back Flippin,” “Fat Racks Pt. 2” featuring BabyTron; Mixtape: My Vision; Guest Appearances: DDG’s “I’m Geekin,” Danny Towers, DJ Scheme and Ski Mask The Slump God’s “Florida Water,” Trapland Pat’s “Backstreet”
- LABEL: Motion Music/Atlantic
- CURRENTLY WORKING ON: My Vision deluxe dropping this summer.
- WHO ELSE SHOULD BE PART OF THIS YEAR'S CLASS: “Ice Spice. I feel like she had a crazy blow-up. She got dumb fans now, too. She got that Nicki Minaj feature.”
- INFLUENCED BY: “Wizz Havinn. He was from my city, too. Trapland Pat. I just like listening to his music. He be doin’ different s**t, too. L.O.E. Shimmy. I got a whole bunch of features with him.”
- AS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL:
“I was just chillin’. Be by like two people. I ain’t talkative like that.
I don’t like school at all. Science was probably the class I liked the most. The teacher, she just made it fun.”
TRUTH ON BEING AN XXL FRESHMAN:
"It feels real good [to be a Freshman.] I would’ve never expected this after everything. The first one I seen is the one Kodak Black did [in 2016]. Everybody was just watching it. I just watched it. Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert. It was just hard. Kodak ain’t do too much. He was being himself. That boy that Florida G.O.A.T. He’s the reason why a lot of people rapping, too. He’s inspiring people.
I think this moment is important for me ’cause it show what all I accomplish. It’s like MVP. I made it. I’m in my own lane. I stand out ’cause I don’t be talkin’ about killing and all that, spendin’ big dollars [in my music]. It’s like smooth playa, about money, girls, just livin’ life. Being real to myself. I don’t be dissin’ nobody or gettin’ in beef or nothin’. And I be cool with everybody.
It feels good to get recognition from people now, other artists, ’cause I used to be watchin’ them. Being here, talkin’ to these other rappers and they talkin’ to me. Used to be watchin’ them and now I’m here with them.
I’m trying to make sure my freestyle hard. All my s**t I did off the top. I feel like it just come better when I just hear the beat and just talk. When you think of a line you can write it down, but I’d rather just say it and then say the next line.
My goal is to get a Grammy. Just keep doing what I’m doing. Plaques. I want to collab with Lil Baby, Drake and Kodak.”
Watch Luh Tyler's 2023 XXL Freshman Freestyle
There's a few lessons to be learned while listening to Luh Tyler's rhymes, but one of the most important: get money. At a fresh-faced 17 years old, the Tallahassee, Fla. native has navigated through the murky swamp of rising artists over the last year to become hip-hop's hottest teen from the bottom of the map. His signature track "Law & Order," which takes the ever-popular theme song from the famed TV crime drama of the same name, showcases the swagger and verve that have fans of all ages running up his streams. While fat racks are certainly on his mind, Luh Tyler also brings a smooth playa spirit to his 2023 XXL Freshman freestyle, in which he nonchalantly admits he's a G.O.A.T. and "the rapper of the year."
The 2023 XXL Freshman's cool factor in his flow drifts off him like a bucket of cold ice hitting the heat. It's in the air. "They like, 'Tyler, you the G.O.A.T.'/Bitch, I know/Bro, they got a stick, it get to knockin' like, 'Who at the door?'/I can't lie, that lil bitch got a noggin, man, I love her throat/I had a couple thousand in my pocket, spent that on a coat," he rhymes in a slick Florida drawl.
Life has been good for Luh Tyler, who signed to Motion Music and Atlantic Records late last year, and he's making sure his team also gets in on some of the benefits his career has afforded him. "Put me on the mic, bitch, I'm a snot, know I don't need no hands/I'm wit the bros, can't rock the show if they don't let ’em in/Diamonds on my chain, might make it snow like, 'Where the weathaman'/It ain't ’bout no pape then I can't go/I need that chedda, man/You ain't got at least a 10, then you can't come in here," Tyler delivers.
The new kid on the block prides himself on rapping off the top, and makes a bold claim as he closes out his freestyle: "I ran the raps up once again, I'm rapper of the year/N***as mad I dropped that pen and dipped that chandelier/N***as just be cappin', we stand on that biz, for real/Man, them boys be cappin', we get to the bag, for real/I got your bitch up on my trail since I signed my deal/Every day we on the chase, I need 100 mill/Why these n***as like to hate, I'm gettin' that money still/Skiii."
As one of the youngest Freshmen in XXL history, the Tally-bred rhymer has his eyes on stardom. Tyler's debut mixtape, My Vision, released this past March, features another one of his popular tracks, "Back Flippin," and the mellow number "You Was Laughing." His raspy vocals take center stage on the ideal soundtrack for summer, when getting money, girls and a good time are priority for the guys. Hitting the top doesn't seem too far out of Tyler's reach since he's made it this far by being his cool, calm and collected self.
"I'm in my own lane," Luh Tyler tells XXL. "I stand out ’cause I don't be talkin' about killing and all that, spendin' big dollars [in my music]. It's like smooth playa, about money, girls, just livin' life. Being real to myself. I don’t be dissin' nobody or gettin' in beef or nothin’. And I be cool with everybody."
Take a closer look at Luh Tyler's motion in his Freshman freestyle below.
Watch Luh Tyler's 2023 XXL Freshman ABCs
Luh Tyler is cool with everybody. He's not the kind of rapper to stay in beef or throw disses on the internet. The bags he's collecting are different thanks to the way he's moving out here: staying to himself. On the way to the top as the youngest in charge right now, the 17-year-old Tallahassee, Fla. native can't do that too much though, because he's got a legion of fans pushing him forward. There are moves to make and shows to take. Aside from the music that got him to his spot in the 2023 XXL Freshman Class, Luh Tyler's chill energy can't be denied. His swagger factor shines through when ripping through a word association game in his version of the ABCs.
For many of the 26 letters in the alphabet, Luh Tyler mentions friends and famous rap peers. The letter C makes him think of his friend, C Stunna. Tyler appears on the Fort Myers, Fla. rapper's song "Why U Hatin?," released last month.
Fellow 2023 Freshman GloRilla gets some love from the Tally rapper, too. "I f**k with GloRilla," Tyler says for the letter G. "She hard." By the time I arrives, it's clear Luh Tyler has women rappers on his mind. "Ice Spice," he begins. "She got the feature with Nicki. She doing good and she look good."
Rappers Doe Boy and L.O.E. Shimmy, another South Florida friend to Tyler, also get some time in the spotlight. Watch Luh Tyler spread the love in his ABCs below.