Lil Wayne has been hailed as a fashion trendsetter, but he said he didn’t set out to be a style star.
“[My style] has evolved because I was one of the guys that would ‘geek chic’ it every now and then,” he told SeattlePI.com. “Now, I’m just more into whatever works for me. I think that’s just age.”
Though he has a fashion line, TRUKFIT, and gets praise—and some criticism—for his onstage wardrobe, he doesn’t consider himself the most stylish rapper in the game.
“If I had to consider someone the most stylish rapper out there, I would definitely say that would be a Kanye West or a Andre 3000,” he said.
According to Wayne, it wasn’t his idea to launch into the fashion industry. He was encouraged by those around him who noticed his style.
“It was brought to me by my friends and peers. They was like, ‘Dude, you dress your own way and people follow that. You should probably have your own clothing line.’ It was just that easy,” Wayne explained.
The Young Money front man has spoken about retiring from music at the age of 30. So, it’s no surprise that he’s spending time on other ventures, such as fashion and endorsements. However, Wayne doesn’t plan to ever completely turn his back on music.
“I can honestly say my music is always going to be greater than my business side because I’m naturally a musician, and I don’t have to get paid. I don’t even have to have businesses. I will still do music. So, that will always be my greater thing. Business is business and music is life.”
See designs from Wayne’s 2011 collection.
—Tracy L. Scott
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