YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS RHIANNA, JAY Z, KAYNE COLLAB, RUN THIS TOWN. Tears welled from watching the music video. These three powerhouses of music are ushering in a new era of music and fashion. Notice the black head scarves, hoodies, leather and Rhianna’s Parisian cum funeral modernized Bibi hat — think of the depressive simplicity of Rick Ownes meets the distinctive loose fit of Alexander Wang, coupled with the meticulous details of McQueen. And better yet, Rhianna is virtually pantless. Roc Nation recognizes that rappers have had a long love affair with baggy pants, over-sized T-shirts and monogramed LV and Gucci for too long, hence Jay Z’s Martin Margiela shout out. It’s refreshing to have kept the excessive bling out of the picture, letting the clothes do the talking. I think Jay Z convinced me. I might sport a headscarf.
If you want any more proof, read this excerpt from Kayne West’s verse:
And my nigga just made it out the precinct
We give a damn about the drama that you do bring
I’m just tryin’ to change the color on your mood wing
You need to drop some new things
Have you ever had shoes without shoe strings?
— Francis Bea