Day 319: "Hustler Musik" – Tha Carter II, 2005
Lil Wayne's Bape sweatshirt in the video, even though the brand name is blurred out, is a key moment in fashion. Wayne was one of the first public figures to really pioneer Bape as a brand, and his all-Bape VIBE cover from April 2006 stands as one of his most iconic. The brand would arguably peak soon thereafter, with Soulja Boy, and it's not far-fetched to point to Lil Wayne as a key influence.
In an uncut interview with Complex later that year, Wayne talks about that influence. He even uses Bape as a point of distinction between himself and his rivals, Pharrell and Clipse, perhaps the other most notable enthusiasts of the brand: "Who the fuck is Pharrell? Do you really respect him? That nigga wore BAPEs and y'all thought he was weird. I wore it and y'all thought it was hot. C'mon man."
I deserve the throne
And if the kid ain't right
Then let me die on this song
See I be riding, just riding alone
With my daddy on my mind
Like you got to be kiddin'
How the hell you ain't here
To see your prince do his thing
Sometimes I wanna drop a tear
But no emotions from a king
I ain't never killed nobody, I promise
And I promise if you try me
He gon' have to rewind this track
And make me go back
That thing'll go rrr-at
That boy'll lay flat, so flat
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