French Montana as style icon? Maybe not, but the Bad Boy Records and Bronx rapper’s knack for outrageous get ups—think silky scarfs as hats, or the stuffed bear head & fur vest combo he rocked on the cover XXL mag’s Freshman 2012 issue. French thus took his burgeoning styling talents to GQ magazine (involving a LOT of Versace), of course.
In a short Q&A, the “Pop That” rapper explained how Hip-Hop can take something technically non-Hip-Hop, and make it so.
GQ: When did you become obsessed with Versace?
French Montana: As soon as my money got right enough to buy Versace (laughs). I have been a fan of Versace for so long, watching people like Biggie, Puff, Jay-Z. I’ve been collecting them for a while now.
GQ: Most of them are silk, bright pink or yellow, have flowers and angels on them…
French Montana: Yeah.
GQ: But they’re still super “Hip-hop.” Why?
French Montana: Rappers make something hip-hop. Like when Biggie wore the yellow one, the one that I wore for Summer Jam, he made it hip-hop. And when he wore the Coogi sweater, he made that hip-hop. Whatever rappers wear is cool to people.
Check out the rest of Fench’s interview with GQ here. And peep his styling game via before and after pic in the gallery.
French Montana’s debut, Excuse My French, is due out later this year.
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