Fashion stylist and curator @brittney_rb reached out to me to do an interview for her final project at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta, Ga. I felt honored that she trusted my opinion enough to risk her grade, not to mention it was the first time I've been interviewed. I enjoyed giving her my take on Hip Hop and Fashion. Needless to say, Brittney Bonner graduated with a Master's in Retail Marketing.... She’s dope!
B: In what ways have you seen music influence fashion and vice versa?
K: My oldest memories date back to the early 2000’s when Jay-Z wore a Tar Heels jersey in the Best of Me video alongside R&B songstress Mya in her Tar Heels jersey dress. Carolina Blue or Tar Heel blue appeared to be the most popular color that year... yet the Tar Heels hadn’t won a conference title or National title.
K: I also recall men stepping out of their comfort zone wearing pink because Camron rocked a pink durag and pink furs.
K: Who would have thought an art form that represents the lives of the most oppressed and over looked group of people would have such a huge impact on fashion? Rick Owens featured Du-rags on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. As we all know Paris Fashion Week features majorly white people, yet hip hop culture surfaced despite not being worn by brown or black people.
K: Today, currently, Gucci is everywhere! I strolled down my Instagram timeline and see people wearing Gucci. I’d suspect Gucci sales have skyrocketed thanks to Hip Hop. Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang" inspired millennials to wear Gucci’s snake inspired collection. Rapper Future made it cool to have intercourse in Gucci flip flops in his song “Thought it was a Drought”. Tyga's "Gucci Snakes," which features the hook "I just spent ten bands at Gucci", encourages young people to splurge on designer gear they probably can’t afford but since it’s popular, who cares right? Not to mention the most successful trap artist of all time “Gucci Mane”, has a subtle ode to the brand every time you see his name. African Americans are America’s biggest consumers according to Nielsen reviews and many young black people love hip hop culture, we’re heavily influenced by rap and in some instances, it has raised our communities.
B: How do you feel that music and fashion have managed to build a strong correlation in the entertainment industry?
K: Secretly I believe everyone has dreamed of being famous for something, since most of us aren’t so lucky to experience super stardom we emulate the lives of our favorite celebs. If our favorite artist is wearing a certain designer we become fans of the designer as well, by accident. I think Kanye West has done a phenomenal job dominating the entertainment industry by merging music and fashion. When Kanye dropped his Life of Pablo album his merchandise from his tour brought in sells and inspired copy cats. I’ve seen shirts in nearly every retail store that have the same font and simplistic look as Kanye’s merchandise. Also hype beasts everywhere are going crazy about Yeezy releases. Marrying a Kardashian also expanded his brand and brought even more attention to his life.
B: What specific roles do you feel Hip Hop play in terms of the fashion industry?
K: I think Hip Hop encourages creativity and gives designers inspiration. Go to any predominantly black city and look at the youth. Whatever young people in urban cities are wearing.... it’s bound to be the next fashion trend. Sacha Jenkins director of Fresh Dressed stated “When you don’t have much ownership over where you can land in society, your financial situation... the one thing you can control is the way you look”.
B: As a media blogger and music connoisseur, what role, if any, does fashion play in an artist's image?
K: I think fashion plays a huge role on an artist image. Personally, I don’t care how an artist dress because I like music that talks about real issues. For instance, Kendrick Lamar and J Cole are two of my favorite artist. Truthfully, they often look grungy .... granted I know they intentionally don’t wear flashy clothes in support of their message. They appear to give very little effort toward their image. I think being minimalistic as a conscious artist works. SZA, the aesthetic of her appearance and fashion is intriguing, some may even say magical. I love her drawn on freckles, relaxed fit jeans, dirty sneakers, fluffy hair and pigmented cheeks. I feel as if her fashion sense also fits her music because she’s very transparent and the average girl can relate to her. SZA always looks like her hair is tussled and her clothes look like she threw them on in a rush. But it works! But let’s chat about the fashion god Rihanna for a sec. Rihanna’s I don’t give a fuck attitude and sex appeal allows her to wear ANYTHING and I mean anything, and it looks great. Rihanna’s over all image is empowering. Her confidence is unmatched, and she can do no wrong in my eyesight.
B: Name some of your favorite artists that have good fashion sense in your opinion. Explain.
K: Rapper Fabolous has great fashion sense in my opinion. I feel as if all of his outfits are thought out. I love seeing him rock retro jerseys or custom pieces with shoes to match. I think Sauce Walka is interesting to look at. I honestly don’t think his music is all the great, but I love his artistry. I like that he wears little girl hair bows and he’s somewhat of a hype beast rocking Vlone, Bape and lots of Supreme gear.
Young Thug is one of my favorite artist. He always pushes the envelope. He’s not afraid to wear a dress or skirt or paint his nails.... he definitely does whatever he wants, and it works. Recently I saw Young Thug in a feminine bubble coat trench similar to the cartoon character’s Madeline’s jacket.
Last night, July 30th, fans were able to see an exclusive screening of Birds of a Feather 2 at Regal Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Before the film I caught up with Trouble. Trouble explained his role in the film as Ryan. Ryan is an up and coming producer who despises Zaytoven and plans to take his spot. Trouble also told me how the #KeshaDemChallenge was started... Check it out below
Cam uses his life to captivate the minds of his listeners. This eleven minute interview is packed with intriguing commentary from Cam Cliatt. Cam gives us an inside look at being arrested for home invasion charges and overcoming trials in the slums of Phenix City.
I linked up with @1cwalk and @anticloutclub for an exclusive interview. C Walk and Yung Guapo Flame give me the inside scoop on growing up in Columbus and creating your own wave. Checkout the interview below and SUBCRIBE to my YouTube Channel!!
I sat down with Elroy Castille or Elroy Miles Jr per Facebook to get an in depth look at his upcoming projects, personal life and what he enjoys doing on his spare time. Elroy also known as @350beats has made beats for the late Shawty lo, many artist in the Tri city area and plans to work with Derez Deshon’s team in the upcoming future. Elroy gives me his take on interracial dating , how the passing of his mom encouraged him to go harder and other tid bits. Elroy even coined himself as the “Tri City Kanye”. Although some of the footage from the interview was lost... checkout the 8 minutes that were captured during this exclusive interview.
Double F Manager Mark Rogers explains how he went from playing college basketball to managing artist. Mark credits his impeccable hustle for his success. Mark plans on being one of the greatest managers of all time and giving back to his hometown Phenix City, Al. Artist under Mark’s management company Double F Ent have been able to open for some of the biggest names in HipHop such as Money Man and Lucci. Double F management also sealed a distribution deal for their artist @CJXNEZ . Check out the interview below and SUBSCRIBE!!!
I sat down with Kaine to discuss his recent mixtape Chronicles of Rari. Kaine is a 20 year old artist from Phenix City, Alabama. P Kaine is an emerging rapper, producer and entrepreneur who is calm, cool and collective outside of his musical persona put likes to turn up on stage. Kaine briefly chats about his church upbringing and his favorite artist. Checkout our interview below. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube channel.
21 year old CJXNEZ also known as Clayton is an upcoming artist emerging from Phenix city, Al. CJXNEZ has received over 100,000 views on Facebook and an out poor of support from his peers. Although CJXNEZ first realized his talent as an artist in high school, CJXNEZ has taken his rap career seriously and is on the brink of stardom in such a short period of time. CJXNEZ explains why he decided to make his mixtape Street Gospel. He also gives us an inside glimpse of his life. Once a high school basketball player, now in the United States Navy CJXNEZ somehow finds a way to record and drop hot music despite his challenging schedule. CJXNEZ remains true to himself the entire interview, he also brings along his label mate Baby Sosa. Checkout CJXNEZ interview below and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to MY CHANNEL!
I sat down with videographer Terrence D. Flowers to discuss his upcoming projects and his film The Other Race that was featured on Bossip. The Other Race has nearly half year a million views and has sparked controversy amongst viewers. Flowers also gave me insight on his project Pretty for a Darkskin girl and his views on race relations in our country.