Meet the XXL Magazine's Fall Issue Cover Star, Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator loves to bring home the bacon. While he’s accustomed to racking up plenty of bluefaces thanks to six critically acclaimed albums, the 30-year-old rapper isn’t focused on the money-inspired idiom at the moment. He’s driving through Los Angeles’ residential streets in his “Green Goblin” Rolls-Royce Cullinan on an overcast afternoon in late August, fixated on his favorite real-deal bacon discovery at Whole Foods. “It’s called Dry Rubbed Black Forest,” he tells his passengers, including longtime friends Jasper and Lionel Boyce. Tyler describes the meat with a gleam of excitement in his eyes, like he just heard the perfect song for the very first time. “It look old. That shit is gorgeous.” He finds joy in the unconventional details of life, even down to what he’s eating.
It took Tyler over 10 years to receive his first platinum record, 2019’s “Earfquake”— released that same year and now three-times platinum—but success is in the eye of the beholder. The Creator’s career is a red chart emoji—getting better with time. Everyone from 10-year-old kids to 50-year-old men, according to Tyler, are turning up to his music now. “I’m fucking great,” he says matter-of-factly of his life thus far. “I’m blessed.”
Read The Full Story on XXL Magazine's Fall Issue.