by Jaylin Paschal

Down with the Stylistics: Hip Hop Lyrics About Style

By Jaylin Paschal

How can something so gangsta be so pretty in pictures?
— "That's My Bitch," Jay Z

A quick list of some lyrics with a focus on style, including but not exclusively those which highlight the major fashion houses or luxury brands. We all know that Hip Hop has almost always centered style, making this list easy to make. Since its origins, rap has championed those whose style of dress was just as clean as their style of rap. And as fashion and Hip Hop begin to merge even more--with rappers like Kanye designing their own lines and others like Lil Yachty pairing up when fashion houses--this seemed like an appropriate quick post.

"So much style, I should be down with the stylistics."

"Dead Wrong," The Notorious B.I.G.

"YA'LL ROCK VERSACE AND YA'LL WENT OUT AND BOUGHT IT/ I ROCK VERSACE AND YA'LL KNOW I AIN'T PAY FOR IT!"

"No Matter What They Say," Lil Kim

"Me and my Adidas do the illest things/ We like to stomp out pimps with diamond rings/ We slay all suckers who perpetrate/ And lay down law from state to state."

"My Adidas," Run DMC

“Am I shallow ‘cause all my clothes designer?/ Dressed smart like a London bloke, before he speak his suit bespoke/ And you thought he was cute before/ Look at this pea coat, tell me he’s broke”

"American Boy," Kanye West ft. Estelle

"WHY YOU FRONTIN' ON ME, IS THAT NECESSARY?/ DO I TO YOU LOOK LIKE A LAME/ WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND A BROAD WITH A MEAN SHOE GAME?/ WHO'S UP ON DOT DOT DOT AND VERA WANG/ MA, ARE YOU INSANE?"

"Change Clothes," Jay Z

“Always rocking shit I never seen or I never known/ Name grown overseas, fitter Sergio Tacchini shirt, real creeper slippers YSL see the logo on my zipper”

"Gangsta in Designer," ScHoolboy Q

“For my theme song/ My leather black jeans on/ My ‘by any means’ on/ Pardon, I’m getting my scream on”

"Black Skinhead," Kanye West

"FASHION KILLA," A$AP ROCKY

The whole song.

"'CAUSE I FEED YOU WELL. EVERY SNEAKER, HELL/ YOU EAT LOUIS, SHIT GUCCI, BREATHE CHANEL/ KARL LAGERFELD ACTING LIKE GARGAMEL"

"Soap Opera," Cam'ron

"Fresh fade, fresh J's, on the corner playin spades/ I'm an ordinary person but I'm paid"

"Wipe Me Down," Lil Boosie

 

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