So, here’s the thing: A black man in a dress is a political statement. Blame it on “masculinity too fragile,” blame it on “definitions of black masculinity are too narrow,” blame it on your Paw Paw, but it just is. So when Young Thug, or Jeffery as we’re expected to call him for a bit, dropped his cover art for the No, My Name is JEFFERY mixtape last night, whether he admits it or not, he knew it was going to kick up quite a bit of conversation.
Jidenna isn’t just the man behind the hit single “Classic Man,” he’s embraced the retro style lock, stock, and barrel. But for the rising rapper, style isn’t just about the clothes that you wear—it’s a form of protest.