Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon recently discussed today’s fashion trends and whether or not he would ever sport a kilt despite the negative perceived notions fellow hip-hop artists may have.
Rae said despite a tough financial upbringing, he always made sure his gear was on point.
“I was a fashion whore,” Shallah told Sway. “I grew up like that because when you come from the poor neighborhoods, that don’t necessarily mean you broke. So we came up watching the older dudes around the way get fly. We looked at the people who looked good and we want to emulate that. So for me, that was always a part of my thing because all my homies was fresh. We ain’t have $50 in our pockets, but we had $400 worth of clothes on. All that to me was part of living in hip-hop culture.” (MTV)
Despite his admiration for rap star Kanye West, the “Chef” said he would never put on a kilt for a concert.
“Would I rock a kilt?” Rae asked, referring the leather skirt Yeezy wore onstage for the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York City last year. “Yeah, I’ll rock it in Ireland. I’ll rock it in Dublin. Me personally, I been out there. I had a show that day. If I woulda had one, I woulda said, ‘Yo, give me the Burberry lookin’ one.’ But I wouldn’t actually rock it onstage. Sometimes you wanna jump out the window but everybody can’t do it. So when you see these guys challenge this fashion, it’s because they feel they put it together right. And at the end of the day, that’s all you gotta look at is how you walk out the door.” (MTV)
Earleir this month, Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar called out Mr. West’s fashion tastes with his “Lift Up Your Skirt” anthem.
“Somebody mad at my hash tag,” Jamar raps. “Instagram, Black man lookin’ half a f*g/With a blazer and vest, I’m just amazed at the mess/Pioneer of this q*eer sh*t is Kanye West/He introduced the skinny jeans to the rap scene/Then he wore a f*cking skirt on the video screen/Then he wore it again at a memorial/I can’t pretend that this sh*t ain’t deplorable/I bet this n*gga thinkin’ he lookin’ adorable/Your music’s good but your ego is horrible…” (“Lift Up Your Skirt”)
A few weeks ago, Jamar talked to SOHH about name-dropping Yeezy with an Instagram post.
“First of all, it’s not just jabs at Kanye West,” Jamar explained to SOHH. “It’s anybody promoting the feminization — of the Black man in hip-hop culture. Anybody that I see out there, rocking dresses and all of that type of sh*t, I might shoot a jab at. But Kanye is one of the ones right now that’s representing that movement. He’s one of the first ones that you see in a skirt. Now you got other people following suit and rocking full-out dresses or they’re trying to rock kilts. We’re not Irish. We’re not Europeans. Rocking kilts and all that is just another excuse to introduce that skirt style. You understand what I’m saying? And I’m not with it. This has nothing to do with sexuality, who they choose to be with and all that, I’m not even talking about that. I’m talking specifically about, what is hip-hop? And that’s not hip-hop. Rocking dresses with mean faces, that’s not hip-hop.” (SOHH)
Check out “Lift Up Your Skirt”: