Having already accomplished goals in the Hip-Hop and acting world, Yasiin Bey — formerly Mos Def — is diving into new territory of the fashion kind as he teams with NYC store Ale et Ange. With his more smart and sophisticated style, it only made sense for the guys at GQ magazine to hit him up for an interview on the influences in his life.
Bey has had a signature style for quite some time now, and it seems it all began with the passing of his grandfather, from whom he took style inspiration.
“When my paternal grandfather passed a few years back, I started to wear a shirt and tie every day, like he did,” he said.
But it didn’t stop there, as Bey was also inspired by the biggest pop icon of them all.
“Michael Jackson‘s death had a big impact on me, too. Right before the Ecstatic tour in 2009, I began wearing loafers and high-waisted pants. And that’s where my look started.”
Although he’s going down a more fashionable road now, that doesn’t mean he’s leaving behind his Hip-Hop roots. Those roots are actually what made him chose the New York store in the first place.
“Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents Hip-Hop in a way that isn’t pandering,” he said. “It’s nice to see something that’s elegant, skillful and raw.”
In the shoot with GQ, Bey wears a striped jacket, lightly patterned shirt, printed hat and tweed trousers, all from Ale et Ange, giving us a preview of what to expect from the collaboration. It keeps in line with his own style of a vintage-meets-smart look, but with a slight urban edge.
Head over to GQ for the full interview and check out a video from the shoot below.