Hear Tyler, the Creator’s touching words about Virgil Abloh

In early December, I spent two days on prime of a small mountain with Tyler, the Creator—whose actual identify is Tyler Okonma. Okonma had arrange a fantastical blue store overlooking the hills of Malibu, California, for the launch of his new high-end line referred to as Golf le Fleur.

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Over hours of interviews, with the solar setting and the California mud selecting our footwear, Okonma and I touched on simply about each matter conceivable—focusing largely on his evolution as an artist and cross-medium inventive. You might know Okonma for his Billboard-topping albums, however he’s additionally created packages for Grownup Swim, concocted new flavors for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Lotions, and collaborated with a few of the largest style manufacturers in the world . . . all whereas launching his personal style labels, too.

You may watch highlights from our interview in the video embedded right here. It’s half-hour of Okonma as honest as I’ve ever seen him. Even if you happen to aren’t all that accustomed to his work, I’m guessing you’ll choose up one thing useful from listening to him.


We spoke only a few days after Virgil Abloh handed, and I didn’t notice getting into that Okonma had such a wealthy, quiet relationship with the celebrated designer. They weren’t speedy associates; as an alternative, the relationship developed over time and brought on Okonma to query his personal private biases. Okonma truly spoke at Abloh’s funeral shortly after this phase was filmed.

It’s a strong story, and the approach to hear it’s in Okonma’s personal voice. Hear his unedited feedback 18 minutes into the video.