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Tyler, the Creator, in Real Life: “CMIYGL” Tour Review

” What is the Shit is an NFT?

Before going on tour, Tyler, the creator was asked about his opinion on NFTs, and he couldn’t hold back his disgust.

“I’m really out of life, so what is the Shit is an NFT? he replied, incredulous.

Visibly frustrated, Tyler launched into a hilarious rant, describing the NFT world as a “wank contest” and explaining that he’d rather spend his time making art in the real world. “I paint at home. I play instruments. I know some niggas that carve and shit. I have a friend who is making speakers for me by hand right now. What is an NFT?

The clip right away gone viralas Tyler’s words struck a chord with people who are tired of digital ‘art’ that feels like a shameless cash grab.

“None of the examples I’ve seen are beautiful art,” he said. “He’s a fucking monkey in a Supreme hoodie. I’m absolutely not into it, because you can’t watch me in real life right now.

Tyler’s words come at a time of growing fatigue for quote-unquote “digital experiments.” After two years of Zoom meetings, virtual events, and a pervasive addiction to social media, people are looking for real-world experiences. And just in time here comes Tyler, an artist who can’t stop talking about riding his bike in the forest and creating things that people can actually interact with in real life.

It’s ironic that an artist who exploded on Tumblr and online message boards has become an advocate for IRL experiences, but Tyler’s worldview has changed over time. Now he fondly remembers trips to New York and Europe as formative moments that changed his perspective on life forever, so he made an entire album inspired by travel. At Call me if you get lost, he says his passport is his “most prized possession” and he spends most of his time mulling over expensive boats and chests. Between verses, DJ Drama drives the point home by shouting that he has his toes on a yacht in Switzerland, among other exotic bluster.

“I live life,” Tyler recently said fast company. “I’m going to do stuff, and it shows in my work. So whether it’s shown in my work through sound, fabric, or visuals, it feels cohesive.