This information might come as a surprise to the folks over at Vogue Italia, but rappers have been vocal about their love for high-end fashion labels for years.
And the love affair continues. On Nicki Minaj's latest album, Pink Friday 2: Roman Reloaded the bewigged rapstress shouts out Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour:
When I'm sitting with Anna, I'm really sitting with Anna / Ain't a metaphor punchline, I'm really sitting with Anna / Front row at Oscar de la Renta, posture / Ain't a b*tch that could do it, not even my imposter
And even more recently, fashion fanatic Kanye West boasted about his fashion exploits on his new track "Theraflu", from dinner with Anna Wintour to racing go karts with Anja Rubik:
Dinner with Anna Wintour, racin’ wit’ Anja Rubik / I told you ma’f****rs it was more than the music / In the projects one day to Project Runway
They might be fashion's current hip-hop darlings, but Nicki and Yeezy aren't the first, and certainly won't be the last to rhyme about fashion. We scoured the archives (read: our iTunes Library) for 10 of the hottest rhymes talking about one of rap music's favorite subjects: fashion.
Can you think of any other good lines?
Das Racist: "Fashion Party"
Das Racist has their share of hilarious tracks, but none made us chuckle more than "Fashion Party," a tune about a fête attended by several members of the fashion gliteratti. This party is so exclusive, even the garbage bags are name brand:
Garbage bags, 'Lahn-vahn'/ Why you call it 'Lanvin'? / People very educated out here in the Hamptons
Eve: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
Rapper Eve gave a big shoutout to the highest-paid supermodel on "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," a track singer-turned-designer Gwen Stefani appeared on:
Some of y'all aint writin' well, too concerned with fashion/ None of you aint Gisele, catwalk and imagine/ A lotta y'all Hollywood, drama, passed it/ Cut b***h, camera off, real s**t, blast it
Lil' Kim: "No Matter What They Say"
In addition to incredible punch lines like "If I was you, I'd hate me too" Lil' Kim kept it completely real back in 2000 about how she gets her designer duds:
Ya'll rock Versace and ya'll went out and bought it/ I rock Versace and ya'll know I ain't pay for it!
Free-99... the best price to pay for Versace
Fabolous: "Girl You be Killin' 'Em"
Fabolous offered a new term for that time of the night when your feet are throbbing in pain after several hours of standing in sky-high platforms:
Louis Vuitton shoes, she got too much pride/ Her feet are killing her, I call it shoe-icide
Foxy Brown "Oh Yeah!"
Foxy Brown let the world know how fabulous she is on 2001's "Oh Yeah." Not only does she wear Prada and Carti-air, but she also hangs out with Donatella Versace.
Who y'all know rock Prada like Fox/ Pop bottles in the back of the cellar with Donatella/ Cartier wrist wear, Pasha Kay face/ Got n****z stand in line just to get a sneak taste
Cam'ron: "Soap Opera"
In "Soap Opera," the Cam'ron laments the loss of his boo, whom he outfitted in only the finest of garments. He even compares Karl Lagerfeld to sworn enemy of the Smurfs, Gargamel. We'd venture to say Lagerfeld is better dressed than the cartoon character.
'Cause I feed you well. Every sneaker, hell/ You eat Louis, shit Gucci, breathe Chanel/ Karl Lagerfeld acting like Gargamel
] Max B, Jim Jones, & Stack Bundles: Bury Me in My Guccis
Harlem rapper and former dip Max B might be in jail for the next 72 years, but when he dies, for goodness sake, don't forget to bury him in his favorite shoes:
We was in the Crowne Plaza with these hoes playing Saluchi (strip poker)/ And now just when I think I found her she musta been one of my groupies/ And as much as I love my ladies, I'm not tryna die from the Coochie/ But when, I leave, when I breeze, bury me in my Guccis.
Clipse featuring Pharrell: "Mr. Me Too"
Clipse and Pharell really wish you second-rate ballers would stop claiming to own the same expensive stuff they do. Don't you realize how fabulous their lives are? They jet off to Italy to party with Foxy Brown and Donatella Versace!:
Week before that, I was out in Italy/ Italian heart-throbs could not get rid of me/ up in Donatella crib, me and like ten hoes
Why isn't Donatella inviting us to any of these parties?
Jay-Z "Change Clothes"
Jay-Z is a man who understands women's fashion, so ladies, don't you dare try to front on him:
Why you frontin' on me, is that necessary?/ Do I to you look like a lame/ who don't understand a broad with a mean shoe game?/ who's up on dot dot dot and Vera Wang/ Ma, are you insane?
Jay-Z and Kanye West "N***as in Paris"
Kanye west loves fashion ya'll, and we're pretty sure his verse in "N***as in Paris" introduced thousands of "urban" youth to Maison Martin Margiela
What's Gucci, my n***a?/ What's Loui, my killa?/ What's drugs, my deala,/ What's that jacket, Margiela?