Just as the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) game is beginning to take off, Azealia Banks had to throw a curveball. The rapper just sold an audio sex tape as a blockchain NFT for over $18,000.

The 24-minute album, appropriately titled "I FUCKED RYDER RIPPS," is a recording of Banks and her boyfriend, conceptual artist and programmer Ryder Ripps, having sex. The first-ever sex tape NFT was posted on March 6 by Mr. Ripps and sold almost immediately on the Ethereum blockchain for 10.00 ETH, which is worth $18,270.80.

NFTs are essentially a type of cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin that are tied to memes, digital artworks, GIFs, or tweets instead of money. In the art market, for instance, NFT-based digital art is on the threshold of becoming the next ingeniously disruptive force. In the last month alone, however, NFT sales have amounted to almost $185 million. And Azealia Banks found the perfect (and controversially on brand) way to capitalize.

The tape was sold to an artist named Rulton Fyder, VICE reports, who now has full and sole ownership of the album. The listing describes: "This sale is for the full rights and sole access to the first audio sex-tape to be minted on the blockchain. Recorded in February 2021 by Azealia Banks and boyfriend, Ryder Ripps, this sound based artwork is sure to titillate for its full 24:22 duration. Upon purchase, a WAV file will be delivered to the buyer in addition to a 1 of 1 signed LP vinyl record. Full ownership, including limitless distribution and display rights are included in this sale. Don't miss out on this historic & sexy event."

So what might become of Banks' historic sex tape? After purchasing it, Fyder tweeted “#SexTapesAreArtworks,” then put that tweet up for sale on the blockchain as an NFT. Collectors usually buy NFTs in hopes that the crypto-art will only go up in value over time. It's easy to see how something like an Azealia Banks' sex tape and her artsy boyfriend could stir enough intrigue to go up in value and be resold someday.

We Recommend
  • mr porter sale
    Take 70% OFF TOM FORD, THE ROW, ACNE STUDIOS & More in This Summer Sale
    • Style
  • nike sale
    Take 40% off Apparel & Sneakers in the Nike Sale
    • Style
  • ssense sale
    Take up to 70% off Nike, New Balance & More Here
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    Streetwear's Preppy Resurgence Is Just Getting Started
    • Style
  • medicom bearbrick
    These Are the Best BE@RBRICKs to Buy Right Now
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
What To Read Next
  • jay-z yeezys outfit
    Is Jay-Z Wearing YEEZYs?
    • Sneakers
  • burmester x mercedes maybach
    Burmester and Mercedes Take In-Car Audio to the Next Level
    • Design
    • sponsored
  • Timberland
    Global Icons Tell the Story of Timberland’s Classic Yellow Boot
    • Footwear
    • sponsored
  • iwc-highsnobiety
    IWC Offers A Double Dose of Watch Perfection
    • Watches
    • sponsored
  • bape 101 feature2 A Bathing Ape nigo
    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About BAPE (and Some Things You Didn't)
    • Style
  • hiking shoes
    These Hiking Sneakers Combine Style and Substance
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.