The Evolution of Denim in Hip-Hop

A$AP Rocky and Kanye West popularize waxed, leather-like denim.

When: 2012

"C'mon, bro. I made waxed denim cool in hip-hop," A$AP Rocky shared in his 2012 Complex cover story. Rocky credits himself with bringing this trend to rap and influencing Kanye. We're not sure if Mr. West agrees, but one thing's for sure: Rocky and 'Ye are two of the biggest fans of waxed denim from Diors to Balenciagas.

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