2. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Borough: Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
Signature style: Tailored clothing with a touch of streetwear; a modern, young Sidney Poitier.
Mos Def is no newcomer to stylish behavior, but latest his artistic reincarnation Yasiin Bey is the representation of the intersection of style and music. There's nothing inherently fashionable about Bey's music; he doesn't name drop the hottest brands or talk about how fresh he is. But listen to The Ecstatic and try not to catch inspiration to dress your own way, have an exaggerated bounce to your step, or want to create something new. Something distinct.
Yasiin Bey, Mos Def, Dante Smith, Cabbie—whatever you want to call him, he knows his shit about style and its permanence through the lives of its participants. Don't try to be Bey, follow his lead and become yourself.