Rolling Stone




WHETHER IT’S IN music or fashion, hip-hop icon Kendrick Lamar is an artist who always has something to say. At last summer’s edition of the Glastonbur­y Festival, one of the U.K.’s biggest concert events, Lamar deftly dramatized the burden that can sometimes come with being rap royalty, taking the stage in a custom-made titanium and pavé-diamond crown by jewelers Tiffany & Co. — the same one he wore on the cover of his latest album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. As his performanc­e went on, fake blood flowed down his face that left his white button-down shirt soaked in deeply metaphoric­al red. “They judge you, they judge Christ/Godspeed for women’s rights,” he rapped, an apparent allusion to the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturnin­g Roe v. Wade. It’s just one potent example of how in Lamar’s world, style is the vessel that serves a larger message. His shirt that night was a Louis Vuitton piece designed by the late Virgil Abloh, a godfather of luxury streetwear who made history as the brand’s first Black director. The crown was made in collaborat­ion with Lamar’s close friend, producer and filmmaker Dave Free, who said it was a “godly representa­tion of hood philosophi­es told from a digestible youthful lens.” Lamar not only made his point, he also looked cool doing it. The crown may get heavy, but he always wears it well.

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