GQ Tyler, the Creator
10.3.2016

Tyler, the Creator Praises Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde,’ Criticizes Fashion Trends

Tyler, the Creator is a man of many hats.

Recently, GQ sat down with the rapper-designer-businessman to talk about all of his endeavors, from his Golf Le Fleur sneakers to his IKEA aspirations.

But beyond that, the Odd Future MC also opened up about his views on rapper trends, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, and the most stylish woman of all time.

See highlights from Tyler’s latest GQ interview below.

On style: “I mean, everyone’s in, like, what? A torn tee of some band they don’t like. Some ripped jeans. A dad hat. Everyone is wearing dumb tour tees right now. That shit is weird. You don’t even like that band. Why are you wearing that?”

On Gold Le Fleur sneakers: “Making a shoe isn’t easy. I’m still putting finishing touches on it and trying to make sure it’s the perfect shoe so I don’t have to worry about shit later. So I can just focus on cool colorways and cool shit to do around it. So putting finishing touches on it. It’s coming soon. They’re fucking sick and I’m really hyped. I hope that it’s successful so I can sponsor people that I think are cool, whether I’m sponsoring just the skate kids that I see. Or like artists that I’m a fan of. Or racers. There’s a whole subculture of kids who ride go-karts, for real. Sponsoring random shit like that that, I’m into. Everyone goes for the basketball players and football players and stuff.”

On Frank Ocean’s Blonde: “I liked it a lot. Like, it’s my favorite thing from him. It’s weird because I’m friends with him and this album made me so, so, so much of a fanboy. It’s crazy because I was with him when it came out, like that week or whatever, and I kept complimenting him on certain songs, certain little things that I liked in different songs. And I low-key think he started getting annoyed cause I just kept badgering him about how much I liked the album. But I really, really fucking like it. And I’m really hyped for him and he’s hyped and shit’s great.”

On IKEA: “As gross and cheap as some people may think they are, I really like Ikea for how minimal some of their designs are and how easy it is to put together for someone my age or anyone. Like, all you have to do is read the instructions and figure it out. And I think that would be cool. I want to make furniture for people. I think that they’re very accessible how they do their thing because anyone could shop there. It’s not elite. It’s not super expensive at 50k for a couch or cheap-ass fuck like $50. It’s a cool middle ground where everyone can go and find something. So if I could do something with a furniture company, as obvious as it would sound, it would probably be Ikea.”

On most stylish women: “Elizabeth Taylor had the most fire jewelry ever. Her jewelry game was stupid. Gwen Stefani had really, really, really cool style. Even up until now, but in her early days when she was in the band, and then when she started venturing off in Japan. That was really sick to me. And Missy always looked cool in her videos.”

On whether his goal is to Work with big fashion houses: “Fuck no.”