Potato Sack or Kilt?

The era of rap music has become a medium for rappers to express the way they feel and dress. It is very common for majority of rappers to be dressed in some of the finest clothes designed by world renowned designers. I believe artists like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and A$AP Rocky, have has major influences on the looks and style that is associated with rap music. These men can be seen wearing some of the thriftiest looking clothes, to some of the most expensive garments off the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan. When I am asked how I feel about rappers wearing, and referencing the clothes they wear I can say that it is all apart of their expression. We act as spectators and forget that we must let artists fully express themselves so that they can produce their finest work that we can appreciate. In 2008 Kanye West featured on the hit song “American Boy” and he rapped, “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” West shows in these lyrics that he is not necessarily a shallow person because he wear designer labels,, but he is just simply taking pride in himself. Obviously he has shaped an opinion that owning a designer pea coat is a symbol of high status. What a designer wears is only a direct reflection of their values and beliefs. If he feels comfortable wearing expensive clothes then he should be allowed to spend his money in the way that he feels. What a rapper wears does not determine the extent of his talent. Whether a rapper is wearing a potato sack or an irish kilt, if you appreciate great rap music, the appearance will not affect the music you listen too.


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