Rappers make a name for themselves by writing thought-provoking verses laden with rhyme, rhythm, and raunch.
Or they start enough beef that its impossible to Ask Jeeves about an MC without the aforementioned beefer popping up in the results.
It seems as though Harlem-bred spitter A$AP Rocky is choosing a little from Column A and a little from Column B. 'Cause while the young spitter can definitely spit, he is also highly adept at talking mad shit.
And now Rocky is going after The Throne.
In a recent interview with Complex, in which the 24-year-old rapper dished on a variety of subjects including SGP being "racist and crazy and bipolar," Rocky was also not shy to admit that he thinks Kanye bites his personal fashion style.
"Of course. That's obvious. [Laughs.] We're all in the same circle. He's way richer than me, but of course he's influenced by me. C'mon, bro. I made waxed denim cool in hip-hop. Fucking waxed denim and rips in jeans. Nobody else did that. I don't give a fuck. I didn't know what I was doing. These jeans are Balmain, and I wear them with a Supreme jacket. Of course, I'm influencing."
We would take the assertion one step further: Kanye is ripping off your music, dude!
When EDM was making its first ascent via the last wave of Daft Punk's output, Kanye not only ripped it off. That wasn't enough for Mr. West. His appropriation also introduced Shutter Shades to popular culture, an accessory that ushers ostensible "hipster"-dom into a realm more comparable to LARPing.
Remember the gratuitous dubstep breakdown on "Niggas in Paris"? Kanye West is a trend hopper!
And, with the deep-fried screwed-up groove of tracks like "Mercy," it's clear he's landed right on top of the A$AP Mob's Southern-rap-influenced lilly pad of "Purple Swag."
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