What was your reaction to making our list of The 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers Right Now?
This shit happens everyday. It’s crazy though, I thought that list was fake. I didn’t really take this shit seriously, I just thought it was a little blog. I don’t even have a laptop, I read it all through my phone.
What’s different about you is a lot of people who are up on style are very Internet-heavy. You’re not really like that.
I’m in the streets. I do the blogging so people can see my vision and what I do everyday or where I’m at. But I don’t shop on the Internet. I do go on the Internet and look at clothes but I don’t buy them. I’ll be like, "Yo that shit is fire." There’s shit that I like but I won’t wear, and there’s shit that I like, but I won’t buy. I don’t respect Internet shopping, that’s fucking up the game. Because you just have some little rich ass kid that’s like, "I just wanna buy this, I just wanna buy that." At the end of the day, he doesn’t know what he’s buying and he doesn’t know what to put on with that shit. He’ll look at a Big Sean, he’ll look at a fucking Wiz Khalifa, but other than that, I mean, I don’t even want nobody to dress like me.
People don’t have a sense of style no more. The people I chill with, they have their own sense of style. That’s why I’ve been chillin', that’s why me and Rocky have been friends for seven years.
I want people to find their own style. So when people are buying my clothing, I want you to buy my clothing — but if you’re going to buy it, I want you to love that shit, wear it everyday. I could wear this outfit for a week straight and I don’t give a fuck. I didn’t give a fuck about that list. You know why? Because I don’t give a fuck about fashion. I’m in the hood. I call this shit hood-fashion. I’ve been into this shit since I was 12.
I was in the hood, you know you go through your phases, baggy jeans and all that shit. When I was younger, when they was wearing baggy clothes, my cousins and shit used to live on Long Island and he had his friends next door, skaters or some shit like that and they had American Eagle on and I was like, "Oh the ripped jeans, I want them." I was in the hood, I would wear Polo, Jordans, and shit like that. American Eagle. Gap. I’ll wear the hood clothes but that’s when I wanted to get fly. If I was on some regular shit, I’d wear some American Eagle and shit like that.
I started wearing skinnies and niggas was looking at me OD. I had people that I was friends with stop fucking with me like, "What the fuck is you on?" Not one time I denied switching my style up. I didn’t chill with so many people and they style was the same style as mine and then once they stopped fucking with me, their whole style would change. I’d be like, "Yo this shit wasn’t real. You was really dressing like me."
How many times a week do you shop?
I shop when I feel like it. I shop when I feel like I need something. Otherwise I don’t shop, man. I try to stay away from the clothes nowadays because at the end of the day you’re putting money in their pocket and I feel like I need to design and worry about my shit. That’s what I’m worried about: my shit, my dreams, all of that. I look at clothing for inspiration. My friend was like, "You gotta go to these stores, you gotta see what the competition is like. You gotta see what’s in." I don’t run with the style.
I did the all black thing and shit like that just on some point, I was in a dark stage, I was in a stage like I feel like niggas was buying all these fashion clothes for no reason. I don’t even wear high-fashion sneakers no more because I feel like that shit done got played out. I feel like niggas will buy stuff just for the name nowadays. You bought that [Nirvana faux-vintage shirt] ‘cause you liked it.
I got this shirt at Target and put bleach on it.
You’re killing it right now. You’re making me want to go cop that shit from Target. That shit is fire. The waxed denim. Everybody trying to do the waxed denim but are you going to do the waxed denim, right? Niggas will look at Complex and jack their whole swag. Complex just shows you what’s trendy. Niggas wanna be trendy. I’m not a trendy person. I feel like I made it on this list because of a certain point of style. My friends be like, "Nigga you not fly." I’m like, "Yeah I’m not fly but I do have style."
Another streetwear thing you guys basically started was the SSUR “Comme des Fuckdown” slogan gear, now everyone seems to be on that. How do you feel when you see other rappers wearing stuff you guys started?
With the kids, I show them love. Kids look up to us now. I'm not like, "you swagger jacking" and all that. I don’t do that, I stopped that. You just got to embrace people and people embrace you. People are going to take your style, people are going to dress like you. I had to tell Rocky that the other day and he was like, "Oh niggas is taking my style of rapping." I was like, "Bro, niggas is going to do that though. By people doing that, it makes you a bigger person and that’s it."
That’s a good outlook to have.
I show love for people; I’m no hater. I’m not going to sit there and grind you up. There’s people I dislike, but I don’t hate them. I’m not a person that's just like: "Oh if they’re not fly, don’t be nice to me." People dress the same, we all dress alike. At the end of the day, it’s clothes. You can take these shits off; you’re going to lose a piece; you’re going to find a piece. The people I chill with, they have their own sense of style, that’s why I fuck with them. That’s why I’ve been chillin', that’s why me and Rocky have been friends for fucking seven years. I’ve met these people at the simple point of their style and their originality. I just feel like people take clothes to a step, like some people will be your friend just because of the way you dress. I feel like we shouldn’t do that.