Just because Ye had a disturbing monkey as the cover art of his last song doesn’t mean he’s into every type of digital primate, okay? Not yet, anyway. “STOP ASKING ME TO DO NFT’s I’M NOT FINNA CO-SIGN,” the artist formerly known as Kanye West wrote in an Instagram caption Monday. “FOR NOW I’M NOT ON THAT WAVE I MAKE MUSIC AND PRODUCTS IN THE REAL WORLD.” This message was posted along with a photo of a handwritten note (also in all caps) that emphasized that Ye is currently focusing on real things like food, clothes, and shelter. “DO NOT ASK ME TO DO A FUCKING NFT,” he wrote.
It makes sense that he’d be busy at the moment. Donda 2 is set to be released next month, as is the three-part Netflix documentary about his life and work, Jeen-yuhs. Plus he’s still taking Julia Fox on dates. But while he’s clearly not as enthusiastic about NFTs as Bored Ape Yacht Club members Paris Hilton and Jimmy Fallon, he doesn’t seem ready to completely rule them out as Brian Eno so elegantly has. Underneath his signature, Ye left room for a change of heart, adding, “ASK ME LATER.” We’re good, thanks.