Young Thug wears women's clothing, and he couldn't care less what you think about it.
Back in August, he was photographed for Dazed magazine wearing a plastic tunic that read "Warning: Explicit Beauty." And it's not rare for him to rock women's clothing in his music videos either (peep that soft pink pleather jacket and pant set in his "Best Friend" video.)
And when GQ asked why exactly he wears women's clothing, he had this to say:
"Because women's clothes are [slimmer] than men's clothes. The jeans I got on right now, they're women's jeans. But they fit how they're supposed to fit. Like a rock star. The only thing I probably have in men's is, like, briefs. T-shirts. Ninety percent of my clothes are women's."
He went on to talk about how he started gambling and making his own money at the age of 12 because his dad wouldn't buy him the tight pants he wanted. He also uses the word "peasant" a lot. Honestly, the entire interview is pretty much gold and will make you wish you could have a conversation with Young Thug, even if you've never heard a single song of his. But it's the whole 'wearing expensive women's clothing in rap videos' thing that he's got going on that I love him most for.
Because - talk about subversive. Did you ever think you'd see the day when a fairly well-known rapper would be photographed for a major magazine wearing a lace top?
Young Thug is doing him, to the highest degree, but choosing not to conform to gender roles has resulted in what seems like a never-ending barrage of backlash. Still, critics can whine all day about what hip hop is supposed to be - what men are supposed to be - but for an artist to express himself so boldly, and without a single apology, should inspire you, no matter who you are.
Hyper-masculine grandstanding in hip hop has had its time. Let's continue to move into a more experimental phase, with more rappers singing just as often as they spit, and more dudes like Young Thug wearing tutus during photo shoots because they DGAF.
Art should challenge, and if Young Thug is pissing this many people off with just his wardrobe choices, he's gotta be doing something right.