We love their music. It can be the theme song to our greatest moments. Sometimes they transcend the music realm and we begin to look at them for more than just great raps, we start to actually notice what they’re wearing. Just like not all music is going to inspire us to buy their albums, not all rapper’s sense of style is going to encourage us to call them stylish. There’s a huge new influx of rappers under the age of thirty and some of them are not only great rappers, but great dressers as well. We took a look at some of the guys to watch on both fronts and compiled a list of who you should take notice of.
The Harlem upstart is routinely mentioned among the most fashionable rappers in the game and it is for a reason. High fashion may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of A$AP, but he seamlessly blends Margiela and Balmain with subtle ease.
He may have left G.O.O.D. Music, but he didn’t leave his good fashion sense behind. He is one of the few who can mix in leather jackets, skinny jeans, and retro Jordans and still make it look cool.
Bino a.k.a. Donald Glover has perfected the comfortable yet fashionable sporty prep look. He mixes in polos, cardigans, and dark wash jeans like nobody’s business.
The Odd Future crooner had an incredible run the last two years, and that brought a lot of attention to not only his music but his sense of style as well. It’s an eclectic mix of hipster meets streetwear and adds in a nice sneaker game to boot.
Aubrey is not afraid to experiment and go to different places in his music. In the fashion world, he does exactly the same. The former king of cardigans has expanded his wardrobe, and the move works for him, sometimes. Dada should never be worn again.
Rap’s next big thing was pushed into the limelight over the last year. Just like his music pushed him above almost all of his so-called peers, his style of dressing is doing the same.
Tyler, The Creator
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The Odd Future front man is the epitome of SoCal skate fashion. Vans, graphic tees, tube sock, jeans, and cutoffs. Of course, he has tailored it to make it his own with OFWGKTA gear, but the foundation was already laid.
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Michael Mahon attended Clark Atlanta University, where he majored in journalism. He is a regular contributor to SoJones.com and has written for several other online and print publications, including Ballerstatus.com, Allhiphop.com, Creative Loafing Atlanta, and INsite Atlanta. Aside from writing, he is also a huge sports fan and film buff.