Mos Def Talks Fashion w/ GQ

Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey talks about the origin of his style as well as the little shop on Rivington Street in NY where he is a collaborator, Ale et Ange:

Paying Homage
“When my paternal grandfather passed a few years back, I started to wear a shirt and tie every day, like he did. Michael Jackson’s death had a big impact on me, too. Right before the Ecstatic tour in 2009, I began wearing loafers and high-waisted pants. And that’s where my look started.”

Honest Goods
“Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents hip-hop in a way that isn’t pandering. It’s nice to see something that’s elegant, skillful, and raw.”

Power Suits
“With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn’t just about being noticed, you know?”

Credit: GQ

Previously: Mos Def & Mannie Fresh In The Studio (Video)


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49 Responses to “Mos Def Talks Fashion w/ GQ”

  1. Jackson7 Says:

    ayo

  2. Latarian Milton Says:

    big_seth Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Black folks still the gate keepers of hip hop.

    ^

    Eminem: over 42 million tracks and over 41.5 million albums sold in the United States. Over 100 million albums sold worldwide.

    So the most powerful rap artist ever – without any debate – is white. He brought Dre back and now Dre is the top earner in music. So yeah, it’s really two categories, Em and then ‘the other rappers’.

    Now on to execs. Please name just one Black with the weight of Jimmy Iovine or Liar Cohen. Please, just one. Yep, thought so.

    Sorry, but Black people ain keeping no gates in rap except for made-up shits (also known as ‘vanity labels’) that are just glorified A&R situations. Look at all the rappers that have been GOOD, MMG, or any other label. If Ross had power, Pill wouldn’t be unemployed right now. Whereas if Iovine signs you he’s gonna put the weight of an entire real label with real buildings and employees behind you and the only place you gonna go is to #1.

    When it comes to rap, it’s clear where the power lies.

  3. Jackson7 Says:

    Dey got negroes in Minnesota?

    ——————

    *cold blank stare*

  4. Latarian Milton Says:

    yasiin bey – Niggaz in Poorest (Official Video) >>>>>

    After that, nobody’s remix mattered.

    youtube.com/watch?v=tUKXvg9Su6U

  5. Latarian Milton Says:

    Dey got negroes in Minnesota?

    ^

    They got Brother Ali.

    He converted to Black.

  6. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Surge confirmed dre is gay on howard stern

  7. Jackson7 Says:

    and prince
    ^^^

    He don’t count.

    ————–

    both his parents are black..

    dont let the powdery make up and toni braxton perm fool you..

    that nigga is black

    look at his first two lp covers nohomo

  8. Jackson7 Says:

    They got Brother Ali.

    He converted to Black.

    ——————

    kris kringle what we call him

  9. Jackson7 Says:

    larry fitzgerald

  10. Jackson7 Says:

    khalid el-amin

  11. Jackson7 Says:

    jimmy jam and terry lewis and morris day

  12. Jackson7 Says:

    dave winfield

  13. Jackson7 Says:

    R.L. from Next

  14. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    Lol… the slight ankle twist on his crossed leg makes this pic suss

  15. Jackson7 Says:

    Denise Matthews (Vanity)

  16. ayo Says:

    No sign crossing your legs like a woman when you sit down

  17. Jackson7 Says:

    Kimberly Elise (great actress)

  18. Jackson7 Says:

    DeJunius Hughes (playwright;filmaker)

  19. Latarian Milton Says:

    Prince = The GOAT

    Fuck the purple velveteen jackets, short/tight stirrups, and platform heels.

    The nigga done had pussy that other niggas would sell their soul to the actual Devil (like literally hand it over and be eternally damned forever) to be inside.

    He not only done had pussy, he done had other levels of freaky shit like ‘muses’ who follow him and paint him and then he fucks them on boats and shit. And he would do shit like rename a bitch on some “Your name is no longer Shanelle, it is now Violet” type shit and then niggas would actually call her Violet on some “Well, I mean, Prince renamed her”.

    Sorry niggas but Prince reached the pinnacle of pussy attainment – he make NBA players look like rank amateurs.

  20. Captain Planet Says:

    Land’s the blackest nigga in Minnesota

    And he’s an Asher Roth fan

  21. S.I.C.K Says:

    why do niggas start dressing queer when they get bread????

    muslim garb>>>>yasiin`s ensemble

  22. Jackson7 Says:

    gordon parks (photographer, renaissance man)

  23. Jackson7 Says:

    Land’s the blackest nigga in Minnesota

    And he’s an Asher Roth fan

    ————-

    ALL FACT

  24. b Says:

    R.L. from Next

    > Hits for days. co sign whateva, too close, butta love, wifey.

  25. The Shot Clock Says:

    Mos Def Talks Fashion w/ GQ

    ^

    that aint the nigga name tho

  26. big_seth Says:

    @chea

    Jimmy and Lyor still signing black kids who the HOOD pushes up first.

    We decide who even gets that chance. You think keef would have got signed if a bunch of little dusty black kids wasn’t bangin his shit.

    This is especially true now days when you can’t even get a label to call you without a mix tape career.

    Black folks open the gate for this shit.

    White folks run it after that.

    Every hip hop movement starts in the hood. FACT.

    if Keef didn’t have the hood. Behind him he wouldn’t have got those millions. Ask Childish Gambino (no shots at him tho)

  27. Jackson7 Says:

    why do niggas start dressing queer when they get bread????

    —————

    thats the only way they get to do them photoshoots..

    ad agencies/directors run that shit… fag it up or go home

  28. Captain Planet Says:

    Mos Def dresses better than Prince

    Prince got that Bette Midler swag

  29. The Shot Clock Says:

    those boots are ill tho

  30. Casket Face Says:

    so the science for today: the choke hold white america has on hispanic immigrants.

    so im minding my business with the headphones on and theres a bunch of hispanic city workers speaking in spanish…i know a little but didnt let them know.

    so meedah, wassabby buneno blah blah blah and they all laughing like cheech marin.

    then…exuse me sir are you voting for obama? of course,

    meedah meedah get him out of there hand gestures romney blah blah blah

    then i deciphered just because hes black and im voting republican.

    you know i cut into them niggas something serious on some intiellectual shit…..

  31. The Shot Clock Says:

    Jimmy and Lyor still signing black kids who the HOOD pushes up first.

    ^

    trufe

  32. Captain Planet Says:

    Stylistically,

    Prince is the Effeminate Black Elvis

  33. Jackson7 Says:

    plenty nigras and africans and punjabs and mayans and mexicans in the twin cities..

    the rest of minneota is 98% kizza..

    big tall wide hipped scandanavian and german broads that eat hella sausage and beer and watch twins and vikings games like men

  34. Captain Planet Says:

    Prince named Mos Def Yassin Bey on some muse shit

  35. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    “I’m gonna kill you”
    Lil resse

  36. S.I.C.K Says:

    those boots are ill tho
    ^^^
    leprechaun steez/ lucky charms booties(II)Grey is one of my favorite colors.Electric blue is another.

    Beiges,Browns,Earth Tones GOAT Colors>>>>

  37. The Shot Clock Says:

    only thing susss to me is mad accessories. niggas got 20 bracelets on one wrist.

  38. Captain Planet Says:

    big tall wide hipped scandanavian and german broads that eat hella sausage and beer and watch twins and vikings games like men

    ^

    You tryin to make Remix leave his happy home bruh …

  39. Jackson7 Says:

    Prince dresses like Joan Rivers now

    he done chilled

    son is like 55 years old

  40. The Shot Clock Says:

    And he’s an Asher Roth fan

    ^

    only thing good about ash roth is that wealthy black girl he fuckin

  41. JDS of the Cobra Kai Dojo Says:

    the little shop on Rivington Street in NY where he is a collaborator, Ale et Ange

    ^^

    This place is the epitome of the NYC boutique bullshit.

    They’re charging $95 for a young, dingy, black tee that I’d probably wash my grandmother’s car with.

  42. big_seth Says:

    @casket

    That ain’t news. There are a lot of ignorant Hispanics who are hella racist and still think they are white and seen as equals.

    Lmao

  43. Casket Face Says:

    Beiges,Browns,Earth Tones GOAT Colors>>>>

    ^^^

    if were talking for people of color …white people look gay or like they work at blockbuster when they wear these colors.

  44. Jackson7 Says:

    most of the sisters here are from Chicago or Detroit or the locals that migrated from southern cities like Little Rock and Memphis after the great migrations …

    the rest are african immigrants

    hella somalians and kenyans

  45. Captain Planet Says:

    The Shot Clock
    -1 mos, 4 wks ago
    And he’s an Asher Roth fan

    ^

    only thing good about ash roth is that wealthy black girl he fuckin

    ^

    Lemme find out he’s dating Oprah …

    All these white guys in black sports or art forms like Dirk Nowitski or Steve Nash love our women

    They wanna be black so bad

    Rex Hussla getting melanin shots right now

  46. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    Bigger race baitor/troll

    Basket or Chea?

  47. big_seth Says:

    Jackson7
    3 mins ago
    Prince dresses like Joan Rivers now

    he done chilled

    son is like 55 years old

    ^^

    LMAO

  48. Bones Jackson Says:

    All these white guys in black sports or art forms like Dirk Nowitski or Steve Nash love our women

    ^^

    Usually really good respectable black women too that aint on no ratchet triflin shit. The ones that aint tryin to be on a reality show.

  49. AFGun Says:

    so to be labeled a fashion icon u just need to dress like its 40 years ago

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