Kanye Is Right, Rappers are the New Rock Stars

It's hip-hop that's contributing to and influencing the fashion world today.

Whether it’s Iggy Azalea fronting a new clothing campaign or Kid Cudi‘s Coachella crop top causing a stir, it’s the hip-hop industry that’s contributing to and influencing the fashion world today.

In Complex’s article “‘We the New Rockstars!’ How Hip-Hop Eclipsed Rock ‘N Roll to Become the Most Bizarre, Exciting Fashion Movement of a New Century,” writer Justin Charity brings up the point that these performers are now gaining recognition for their inspiring—and coveted—aesthetic much more than a modern-day rock legend would.

From Adidas, to Kangol, to Versace, to Polo, to Givenchy; from jazzy, to baggy, to skinny revolt. Since 1976, the culture’s marched a long catwalk, including some wild shit that mainly took place from 1980 to 1993. And Vogue‘s 10-page “Puffy Takes Paris” spread in 1999, featuring Kate Moss, was a serious nod to hip-hop style and perhaps hip-hop’s glitziest moment in the fashion limelight thus far. But now, this is the show that everyone’s paying attention to and aspiring to be at.

Charity goes on to mention that hip-hop artists are also changing the genre’s look as well, opting for style and flair over what might be considered the most masculine choice. (i.e. Kanye West in a leather kilt.) The article nods to style stars like Cudi, Pharrell, Young Thug, the A$AP Mob, and of course, ‘Ye. Is there anyone who’s considered the face of rock ‘n’ roll fueling fashion as much as say, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Jimi Hendrix did? Charity adds that current rock musicians look “so narrowly confined to a certain vintage aesthetic … Vampire Weekend is four guys who dress like your middle school’s substitute teachers.” Burn! We’ll take that jacket in Margiela, please.

And “if you’re looking for the new Joan Jett or Debbie Harry, you’ll find her on Instagram, straight flexin’.” So which hip-hop star takes more selfies on Instagram than anyone else? @badgariri, of course.



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