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Complex & Nah Right Present: Style War

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It may seem hard to accept at first, but over the past couple of years, the clothing our favorite rappers have worn onstage has sparked nearly as much debate as the lyrics of their hit songs. Be it Kanye’s fitted jeans or any number of Andre 3000’s outrageous getups, the gear your favorite MCs don at magazine photo shoots or the award show red carpet always seems to inspire heated conversation amongst the masses. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve posted a new track by an artist, only to watch the comments section zero in on whatever t-shirt or sneakers the rapper happened to be wearing in whatever picture accompanied the post.


Alot of rap purists, particularly the older-heads of my own generation and earlier, will tell you that gear is irrelevant, and that the music should be the sole measure of an MC’s worthiness. And while it’s hard to argue otherwise, it’s also impossible to ignore the impact that fresh gear has had on this culture, and vice-versa, over the past 30 or so years. From Eric B. and Rakim’s Dapper Don tailored Gucci suits on the cover of Paid in Full back in ’87, right up to the feeding frenzy inspired by last weekend’s release of the Air Yeezy’s, Hip-Hop has always been obsessed with getting fresh.

And so in that spirit, Nah Right and Complex have teamed up to bring you Style War, the ultimate showdown to determine once and for all, who is the best dressed MC in the game. The competition kicks off this week with a bracket of 64 MC’s (see image below) and will continue over the next 3 weeks. After each round the number of rappers will be cut in half, with the winners advancing on to the next round. The winning rapper will be announced on April 29th.

Oh, and if you register and vote, you also have a shot at winning some swag of your own.

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101 Responses to “Complex & Nah Right Present: Style War”

  1. Joe 88 Says:

    And the winner is……………………. Joe88

    *Makes acceptance speech*

  2. green eyes Says:

    this is a good look es , pun not intended

  3. Joe 88 Says:

    Some of these match ups are priceless (Jay-z vs Young Dro)

    *Dead*

  4. Prince Says:

    LF: yo did any1 give that rich boy mixtape a listen?

  5. Babydoll Says:

    Neato!

  6. Danielson a.k.a. Dat Mixed Race Nigga Says:

    voting on this is homo

    fuck this shit.

  7. Big_seth Says:

    I aint in nobody’s hairs of any kind.

    *shoots at dblock & his crosshairs*

    dolol

  8. nestle snipes Says:

    this is by far the lamest and most cornballest shit ever…

  9. Boosie Says:

    this is borderline AYO…I’m not bout to sit and think of how another dude dresses. I just comment on the picture at hand and see fit. Other than that I feel uncomfortable painstakingly dissecting dudes “freshness” and gear.

  10. ka Says:

    THIS ENTIRE IDEA DESERVES A

    *PAUSE*

  11. nestle snipes Says:

    SMH @ Niggas having a NCAA type bracket for there best dressed rappers.

  12. wavy is a cliche Says:

    a fucking yo to this contest

  13. wavy is a cliche Says:

    but if dro dosent win this its an outrage

  14. Babydoll Says:

    I want to register but there are too many gat damn questions…smh

  15. THE-XFACTA Says:

    Prince Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 2:58 pm
    LF: yo did any1 give that rich boy mixtape a listen?

    —-

    NO

  16. nestle snipes Says:

    this is further proof that rap/hip hop is run by homos.

    Next thing will be a bracket of “which is the cutest rapper”

  17. THE-XFACTA Says:

    wavy is a cliche Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:01 pm
    a fucking yo to this contest

    —-

    Word born!! No amount of disclaimers to any nigga that goes to vote

  18. Beezy Says:

    I say we fill out brackets for this shit and see which Nahger has the best pics at the end.

    Winner gets a signed Nautica polo from eskay

  19. Joe 88 Says:

    Since nah right has a hand in this, I have a strange feeling Joe budden is gonna win this, & he’s prolly not on the bracket, lol

  20. Babydoll Says:

    Next thing will be a bracket of “which is the cutest rapper”

    ^pardon me…

  21. THE-XFACTA Says:

    nestle snipes Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:02 pm
    this is further proof that rap/hip hop is run by homos.

    Next thing will be a bracket of “which is the cutest rapper”

    ————-

    *Calls Cookie “Magic” Johnson for booty call*

  22. Coofie Crook Says:

    I forgot about this one…

  23. Ghost Writer Says:

    SMH

  24. FaMs! Says:

    2nd throwback of the day *funk master flex bomb drops*

    youtube.com/watch?v=JMvQqTRSAj8

  25. Boosie Says:

    eskay, remove your name from this and just make it a complex thang. they didnt even do the bracket numbering right.

  26. THE-XFACTA Says:

    Who does Es expect to do this shit besides maybe LL, Babydoll, Greenie & YaBoy?

  27. Joe 88 Says:

    you know how I know your gay?

  28. Skrong Taper: The Line-Up Prince Says:

    Cam’Ron vs. Pimp C

    I….can’t….decide…..

  29. Geronimo P aka Chase Says:

    The closest matchup was Q-Tip vs. Ghostface, ghostface was leading 51 to 49.

    The only style that I can attribute to Tip is that he stays in those army hats. ALWAYS

  30. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    I say we fill out brackets for this shit and see which Nahger has the best pics at the end.

    Winner gets a signed Nautica polo from eskay

    ^^

    LMAO!

  31. Hoskins Says:

    snoop for the win

  32. Big Homie Says:

    LOL at Jim Jones made the pic in this post

  33. nestle snipes Says:

    Kanye’s bitch made ass will probably end up winning this shit.

  34. Coofie Crook Says:

    Who does Es expect to do this shit besides maybe LL, Babydoll, Greenie & YaBoy?
    ——–
    shots fired at yaboy?

  35. Babydoll Says:

    These match ups are hilarious:

    Flava Flav v Kwame

    Diddy v Hammer

  36. eskay Says:

    >>this is borderline AYO…I’m not bout to sit and think of how another dude dresses. I just comment on the picture at hand and see fit. Other than that I feel uncomfortable painstakingly dissecting dudes “freshness” and gear.

    I just wanna point out that all of you niggas talking shit were the same niggas talking about Louis and Burberry two posts ago and the same motherfuckers who sit there and comment on pictures of rappers and what they’re wearing every fucking day. you fucks have some nerve calling anything homo.

  37. CiCi The Intern Says:

    # Babydoll Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Next thing will be a bracket of “which is the cutest rapper”

    ^pardon me…
    ^^^

    lol! I think “who is the best porno chick?” would be first and Big Homie would rig the bracket so Pinky would win.

  38. Babydoll Says:

    JD v. Biggie?

    TI v. Master P?

    Nas v. DMX?

  39. FaMs! Says:

    *Funk Master Flex voice*

    we doing it big dog pitfull steroids poodle status godzilla funky kid

    *bomb drops*

    youtube.com/watch?v=79pLVeePF5w

  40. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    this jawn is fucked. . . . they gon have hov and diddy meeting in the second round???

    that’s final four material right there!

  41. THE-XFACTA Says:

    All of what niggas? I never commented about Louie or Burberry dude… So with that said…… Eskay’s a homo

  42. Suaveebolaayatollahsaudiarabiacocacola Says:

    True Blood
    Entourage

    nigga can’t wait no more for real son……

    ^^

    New Entourage just started filming.

  43. Babydoll Says:

    I just wanna point out that all of you niggas talking shit were the same niggas talking about Louis and Burberry two posts ago and the same motherfuckers who sit there and comment on pictures of rappers and what they’re wearing every fucking day. you fucks have some nerve calling anything homo.

    ^Oh the irony…lol

  44. green eyes Says:

    Who does Es expect to do this shit besides maybe LL, Babydoll, Greenie & YaBoy?

    ^ yall talk about rappers fashion & looks way the fuck more than i do

  45. THE-XFACTA Says:

    Eskay kills me getting all extra sensative about his posts.

  46. Coofie Crook Says:

    I just wanna point out that all of you ninjas talking shit were the same ninjas talking about Louis and Burberry two posts ago and the same muhfuggas who sit there and comment on pictures of rappers and what they’re wearing every focking day.
    ———
    cosign. cats was just on here yesterday for 4 hours talkin bout polo and croc shirts. Im not sayin I’ll vote tho. I’ll just wait til it’s over and talk ish about the winner like a real ninja spose to

  47. Skrong Taper: The Line-Up Prince Says:

    #1 Seed: Slick Rick

    Last Seed: 2Pac

    *Shots Fired*

  48. THE-XFACTA Says:

    green eyes Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:09 pm
    Who does Es expect to do this shit besides maybe LL, Babydoll, Greenie & YaBoy?

    ^ yall talk about rappers fashion & looks way the fuck more than i do

    ^^

    yall aint me

  49. Hoskins Says:

    Eskay vs X-Facta again

    *gets popcorn*

  50. eskay Says:

    >>this is by far the lamest and most cornballest shit ever…

    ^I also wanna point out that nestle snipes, the dude talking the most shit and insinuating that this contest is gay, was in the previous thread complaining that Killer Mike’s jeans weren’t tight enough.

    http://nahright.com/2009/04/08/killer-mike-ft-jagged-edge-leave-this-hood/comment-page-1/#comment-1884243

    I mean, come on b.

  51. Big Homie Says:

    Sheeit for some free stuff, Im playing fuck that lol

  52. Plug Says:

    I just wanna point out that all of you ninjas talking shit were the same ninjas talking about Louis and Burberry two posts ago and the same muhfuggas who sit there and comment on pictures of rappers and what they’re wearing every focking day.
    ———
    edit: cosign. cats was just on here yesterday for 4 hours talkin bout polo and croc shirts. Im not sayin I’ll vote tho. I’ll just wait til it’s over and talk ish about the winner like a real ninja spose to

  53. CiCi The Intern Says:

    SMH @ there being no females on the bracket but then, why would there be?

  54. FaMs! Says:

    Suaveebolaayatollahsaudiarabiacocacola Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:09 pm
    True Blood
    Entourage

    nigga can’t wait no more for real son……

    ^^

    New Entourage just started filming.
    ______________________________________

    Woodhaven, I know….I’m tryna get a cameo

  55. Babydoll Says:

    Hov is killing ’em out there…

  56. eskay Says:

    >>All of what niggas? I never commented about Louie or Burberry dude… So with that said…… Eskay’s a homo

    come on man, i’ll spit in your lunch while you’re eating X, you know that.

  57. Big Homie Says:

    I’ve won Dallaspenn’s Rap Fantasy League joint and his Football joint last season. Got free kicks. So for some free gear, Im playing. I am def not homo. I fuck woman and woman only

    Too bad yall not giving out alcohol as the prize. Okay, I need to think now and try to win this

  58. FaMs! Says:

    Plug Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    I just wanna point out that all of you ninjas talking shit were the same ninjas talking about Louis and Burberry two posts ago and the same muhfuggas who sit there and comment on pictures of rappers and what they’re wearing every focking day.
    ———
    edit: cosign. cats was just on here yesterday for 4 hours talkin bout polo and croc shirts. Im not sayin I’ll vote tho. I’ll just wait til it’s over and talk ish about the winner like a real ninja spose to

    ____________________________________________

    I just wanna point out you’re from Detroit so nothing you say matters…

  59. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    ^I also wanna point out that nestle snipes, the dude talking the most shit and insinuating that this contest is gay, was in the previous thread complaining that Killer Mike’s jeans weren’t tight enough.

    ^^

    fatality.

  60. Big Homie Says:

    These match ups are hilarious tho lol WOW

  61. THE-XFACTA Says:

    Hoskins Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:10 pm
    Eskay vs X-Facta again

    *gets popcorn*

    Nope, I’m not fucking with this dude today (nh)..

  62. Boosie Says:

    # eskay Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    >>this is borderline AYO…I’m not bout to sit and think of how another dude dresses. I just comment on the picture at hand and see fit. Other than that I feel uncomfortable painstakingly dissecting dudes “freshness” and gear.

    I just wanna point out that all of you niggas talking shit were the same niggas talking about Louis and Burberry two posts ago and the same motherfuckers who sit there and comment on pictures of rappers and what they’re wearing every fucking day. you fucks have some nerve calling anything homo.
    ____________________________________________________________

    These are very different topics that are under the same umbrella. We were talking about how niggas fuck up fashion, not how this piece looked good on another nigga. It was basically an economic discussion about products and brands and how the shit doesn’t last a year.

    We CLOWN niggas on what they wear not praise them on an outfit. I don’t see a picture and say “oh his outfit is cute” or “that dude is fresh”

    If a nigga is wearing a fake blue gator outfit with fake timbs, he’ll get clowned simple as that. you’re trying to consolidate two different topics into one and they don’t connect.

  63. Danielson a.k.a. Dat Mixed Race Nigga Says:

    I just wanna point out you’re from Detroit so nothing you say matters…

    ^
    wow.

  64. FaMs! Says:

    Man that STYLE WAR pic looks homo…..look at Wayne and Rick without laughing…I dare you ROFL!

  65. Gucci Phelps Says:

    u can’t divorce hip-hop from fashion

    we taught these crackers how to get fly

    *dusts off jordans*

    *adjusts nutsac in vintage levi’s*

    *pops collar on martin margiela sweater*

    *re-wraps keffiyeh*

    i invented swag.

  66. THE-XFACTA Says:

    eskay Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    >>All of what niggas? I never commented about Louie or Burberry dude… So with that said…… Eskay’s a homo

    come on man, i’ll spit in your lunch while you’re eating X, you know that.

    ——

    You could but your Nautica polo will look like Jamacian clothes

  67. Plug Says:

    I just wanna point out you’re from Detroit so nothing you say matters…
    ————
    you dont even have the balls to use your real name… or are you new. either way you lose

  68. Big Homie Says:

    Damnit Rick Ross or Pit Bull

    I honestly do not know lol

  69. Gucci Phelps Says:

    how is kanye not in the pic, shit’s disgustin. slick rick, of course. but how you gonna forget yeezy. shit’s dead before it starts.

  70. Beezy Says:

    *re-wraps keffiyeh*

    ^chea stole all his swag from palestinians

  71. Gucci Phelps Says:

    LOOOOOOOOOL at eskay’s new passive aggressive swag

    “when will you realize that this is easy for me, like smutting your mother on the washer machine while your father is at work.”

  72. Babydoll Says:

    Beezy Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    *re-wraps keffiyeh*

    ^chea stole all his swag from palestinians

    ^Or Protege from G’s to Gents

  73. Gucci Phelps Says:

    Beezy Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    *re-wraps keffiyeh*

    ^chea stole all his swag from palestinians

    ^^

    bro-sign

  74. FaMs! Says:

    Plug Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
    I just wanna point out you’re from Detroit so nothing you say matters…
    ————
    you dont even have the balls to use your real name… or are you new. either way you lose
    _________________________________

    Being from Detroit you lose period lol….even if you ball out (none)
    If I got 5 dollars and you got 5 dollars I still got more money than you cause you from Detroit.

  75. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    SMH. . . how you gonna have juelz and jimmy head to head [ll] in the first round?!

    them niggas are interchangeable. . . .

  76. Plug Says:

    You could but your Nautica polo will look like Jamacian clothes
    ———
    dah dah dooooe! (c) Cam

  77. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    lol!

    treach vs. tube sock.

  78. Babydoll Says:

    If I got 5 dollars and you got 5 dollars I still got more money than you cause you from Detroit.

    ^LOL…is that you Pimp C?

    Ol’ it ain’t eastern standard time ATL ain’t the south lookin ass…

  79. 911 Says:

    When I poke poke poke poke poke her face, when I pokerface…

  80. eskay Says:

    >>We CLOWN niggas on what they wear not praise them on an outfit. I don’t see a picture and say “oh his outfit is cute” or “that dude is fresh”

    yo, whatever Boosie. I’m secure enough in my manhood that I can look at a nigga and say if he’s fresher than another nigga. then again, I know how to dress and pay attention to such things. If you think this is gay, then just don’t participate yo, its as simple as that. but don’t ever in your life try to say that anything I’m co-signing is gay or whatever. read what I wrote in the post and tell me I’m lying. you niggas sit on here and talk about clothes all day, but this is somehow gay? come on man, don’t play yourself.

  81. Beezy Says:

    is eminem on the list or did he get disqualified for overuse of Jordan brand sweat-clothing.

  82. Plug is a winner Says:

    If I got 5 dollars and you got 5 dollars I still got more money
    ——–
    Dude. stop typing please. you’re making yourself look bad.

  83. Babydoll Says:

    Beezy Says:

    April 8th, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    is eminem on the list or did he get disqualified for overuse of Jordan brand sweat-clothing.

    ^It was Em v. Asher but they both just cancelled each other out

  84. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    If I got 5 dollars and you got 5 dollars I still got more money than you cause you from Detroit.

    ^LOL…is that you Pimp C?

    Ol’ it ain’t eastern standard time ATL ain’t the south lookin ass…

    ^^

    that interview still makes me SMH. . .

    you nigga got on them big ass chains, lookin like dinner plates. . . ya makin the souf like BAD!

  85. FaMs! Says:

    Killa vs. Pimp C ?

    C’mon son…really?

  86. Legend Says:

    damn, the hate in this bitch is on a hunned thousand trillion

  87. Beezy Says:

    dude is my new favorite word…I find that saying it puts my white co-workers at ease. I become more familiar and less threatening.

  88. green eyes Says:

    i wonder how many commentors eskays secretly wants to ban on gp. then i wonder why he doesnt.

  89. Skrong Taper: The Line-Up Prince Says:

    Seeing as how the entire day’s conversation yesterday was “Polo vs. Lacoste,” no one has the right to call this gay.

  90. CiCi The Intern Says:

    # Beezy Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    is eminem on the list or did he get disqualified for overuse of Jordan brand sweat-clothing.
    ^^^

    That man has no swag (only appropriate word) whatsoever but yet, I think that’s why people like him.

  91. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    i wonder how many commentors eskays secretly wants to ban on gp. then i wonder why he doesnt.

    ^^

    2 words.

    page views.

    page views>>>>niggas talkin shit.

  92. Big_seth Says:

    # eskay Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    >>this is by far the lamest and most cornballest shit ever…

    ^I also wanna point out that nestle snipes, the dude talking the most shit and insinuating that this contest is gay, was in the previous thread complaining that Killer Mike’s jeans weren’t tight enough.

    http://nahright.com/2009/04/08/killer-mike-ft-jagged-edge-leave-this-hood/comment-page-1/#comment-1884243

    I mean, come on b.
    ^^

    ETHER…

    & Chea, Kanye is on the list. Going against swizzy. LOL

  93. Legend Says:

    *DEAD* @ Rick Ross vs Pitbull

    Officer Ricky dont even wear clothes.. exposing his b size man tits (pause)
    and when he does, its some bootleg jacket of another brand

  94. Boosie Says:

    # eskay Says:
    April 8th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    >>We CLOWN niggas on what they wear not praise them on an outfit. I don’t see a picture and say “oh his outfit is cute” or “that dude is fresh”

    yo, whatever Boosie. I’m secure enough in my manhood that I can look at a nigga and say if he’s fresher than another nigga. then again, I know how to dress and pay attention to such things. If you think this is gay, then just don’t participate yo, its as simple as that. but don’t ever in your life try to say that anything I’m co-signing is gay or whatever. read what I read in the post and tell me I’m lying. you niggas sit on here and talk about clothes all day, but this is somehow gay? come on man, don’t play yourself.
    __________________________________________________________

    well okay, me saying something you co-signing is gay is not implying that you’re gay. I said it was borderline ayo, cause it was judging other dudes against one another. Basically saying this dude is cuter or looks better. Thats just my interpretation.

    And you’re right dudes comment on clothes and how they personally rock it, but I don’t think we ever had a conversation or argument about how another dude is more fresher than the other. It’s mostly on some “why you still rocking that gear” or “that shit is outta style” type convo.

  95. b-ease Says:

    Oh shit…

    *puts on vest and gas mask*

  96. Plug is a winner Says:

    And you’re right dudes comment on clothes and how they personally rock it, but I don’t think we ever had a conversation or argument about how another dude is more fresher than the other. It’s mostly on some “why you still rocking that gear” or “that shit is outta style” type convo.
    —–
    good point, boosie. you actually making since today…

    *looks in sky for blue moon*

  97. eskay Says:

    >>And you’re right dudes comment on clothes and how they personally rock it, but I don’t think we ever had a conversation or argument about how another dude is more fresher than the other. It’s mostly on some “why you still rocking that gear” or “that shit is outta style” type convo.

    we’ve definitely had the so-and-so is fresher than Curtis argument on this site a couple of times.

    anyway, I understand what you’re saying, because when they first proposed this to me, I was kinda skeptical, but after thinking about how niggas be airing rappers out for what they’re wearing and how much time we spend talkin about clothes, and how important being fresh is in hip-hop is, it made perfect sense.

    so yeah, if you don’t wanna participate, keep it moving, simple as that.

  98. Lan Says:

    *2 cents*

    This deserves a no homo every time you vote. Where’s the no homo button?
    I can’t vote with out the no homo button and or disclaimer.

    *keeps it moving*

  99. Cinsere Says:

    ^LOL!

  100. Mega Says:

    ahah this is gonnna be dope!

    is contestant number 4 kwame, as in kwam kill from the D.

    number 4 ftw

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