I was pleasantly surprised to witness the performance of rapper Wiz Khalifa at Made in America day 2 this past sunday. Philadelphia's scorching heat did not deter some fifty thousand die-hard fans from twerking and jumping up and down in utter euphoria to the rapper’s billboard hits. Who would have guessed his music is actually still an inspiration to such a diverse audience! Not to mention: Kendrick Lamar’s show was equally as pleasing. When he announced, “now ya’ll spent too much money to not come out here and have fun!” I totally agreed, and so did the people around me. After that special, the crowd’s energy went to level 10. So, when Wiz finally came to the stage, his energy was raw, and- dare I say it, magical. I completely contribute this effect to his outfit. Wiz was dressed in a kilt, reminiscent of irish culture, which was modernly redefined for his Taylor-gang lifestyle. The Asian-inspired skirt was designed by Korean-based brand D.GNAK by KANG, which echoed a lot of black and grey inspiration. The top was by London designers Kokan to Zoi. We see a lot of this urban-androgynous style from sibling designers, whose brand lends inspiration from Mongolian culture, Nicholas K.
The microphone stand was also accessorized with an extra long black and white handkerchief. This made Wiz’s microphone tricks even more ‘rock and roll’ prolific when he belted out his bars to the crowd, swinging is blond-highlighted dreds around. The guitarist’s movements were thrilling, I sometimes wondered was he really playing what was blasting from the speakers because his dancing was that good. We also caught a glimpse of wifey and mommy Amber Rose on the side of the stage looking uber cool in a bodycon dress and cigarette in hand! She became apart of the show when Wiz took her hand and lead her to the stage for a gangsta-style romantic serenade, can we say together: True black love?! Overall, I think Kokan to Zoi and D.GNAK by KANG have definitely added much-needed edgy diversity to the traditional rapper attire.