Good news, young men eager to look like your hero Lil Wayne: He’s coming out with his very own fashion line! Rebirth, which it will be called, will allow you to look “funky” like Weezy himself. According to Wayne, the line will be for those who look at him and think, “Damn, I’d love to have that safety pin he got on.” Really. That’s how he’s pitching it.
We can all agree this is a bad idea, right? If for nothing else because rapper fashion lines so rarely work out. Hell, Lil Wayne has already got one failed fashion line under his funky belt. And yet, no matter how ugly Weezy’s line ends up being, there’s almost no chance that it’ll be ugly enough to crack this list of the very worst rapper fashion lines.
P Miller, by Master P
Master P‘s line, P Miller, was meant to make fashionable clothing affordable for inner-city kids. How nice of him! Percy got the affordable part right by signing an exclusive deal to sell the clothes at Wal-Mart. As you can see above, though, he seems to have forgotten about the fashionable part.
Vokal, by Nelly
Nelly‘s the rare rapper to start a fashion line before he made it in the rap game. Back when he was peddling mixtapes out of the trunk of his car, he was selling T-shirts too. As Nelly got bigger, the label got bigger, but neither got as big as the legs on these Vokal shorts.
Outkast, by Outkast
Yeah, we were surprised too. Despite how well Big Boi and Andre 3000 dress now, OutKast looked like complete goofballs back in the “ATLiens” days. They seem to have wanted their fans to look ridiculous too. Fortunately for everyone involved, the line folded not long after Three Stacks admitted that he wouldn’t be caught wearing his own line of clothes.
LL Cool J For Sears, by LL Cool J
Everyone knows that the only things you should buy from Sears are refrigerators and Craftsmans tool. That must be why LL Cool J‘s line of Ed Hardy-esque shirts didn’t take off. Or maybe it was because they were Ed Hardy-esque shirts.
Shago, by Bow Wow
Back in 2003 at the innocent age of 16, Bow Wow, who still had the Lil, came out with Shago, a clothing line whose name was a mashup of his real name, Shad Gregory Moss. The clothes, as you can see, made prominent use of the number 87, which is both the year Bow Wow was born and the number of articles the line sold.
State Property, by Beanie Sigel
The biggest problem with Beanie Sigel‘s State Property line wasn’t that the clothes included hidden gun holsters and therefore made anyone who wore them look like they might murder you. It was that they made people think you might be a San Diego Padres fan. The horror!
Shady LTD, by Eminem
Any rapper thinking of starting a fashion line should learn this one important lesson from Eminem‘s Shady Limited: Don’t try to make sports jerseys that aren’t for actual sports. Otherwise, eBay will be the only place to find your clothes.
Kanye West’s scarves
We’ll admit it, releasing a line of scarves is a very Kanye West thing to do. Then again, so is not realizing that art looks much better on a canvas than it does wrapped around your neck.