Style is what you make it. Style to me is how well you can artistically express your individuality. Style kind of lets me know who you are.
HOW DOES HIP HOP AND STYLE CROSS EACH OTHER IN YOUR WORLD?
They way I dress kind of portrays the kind of artist I am. My style is edgy and badass, with a pretty boyish flare. When you listen to my music or watch a video of mine you’ll see how through my style the vision is BEtter expressed.
IF WE TOURED YOUR CLOSET, WHAT WOULD WE FIND?
Honestly a bunch of stuff I don’t wear. I’ve kinda BEen on an All black streak lately. Other then black I wear a bunch of solid colors like white, red, grey, blue. etc. You’d find a lot of sneakers also. I don’t really where sneakers anymore though. I’m more into boots and cool shoes.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF STYLE IN HIP HOP?
I feel like its pretty much all over the place but its a good thing. Everyone’s big on individuality right now and thats dope. I understand an artist more by they express through style.
WERE YOU A STYLISH KID GROWING UP?
I was finding my style niche growing up. I always wore a lot of the stuff people are wearing now, ahead of time. I used to wear super skinny
jeans and combat boots, Stacy Adams, fedora’s with the jeans rolled up in 8th grade when no one was off it. 5 years later… The same stuff people would sneak diss about is the trend now.
HAVE ANY OTHER ARTISTS (PAST OR PRESENT) INSPIRED YOUR STYLE?
Of course. Artist like ‘Ye, & A$AP Rocky inspired my style.
ARE THERE ANY PAST ERAS IN STYLE THAT YOU WOULD PRESENTLY BRING BACK TO HIP HOP?
I honestly feel everything is here. The past is here. We’re wearing just about everything right about now.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I have a single out called “Hands Like” thats doing big numbers and generating great buzz in Jersey. 18 Thousand views in one month.
Go check it out on soundcloud.com/benniebates-1 . Thats song is going to go Big very soon. And of course I have a lot more in store but I rather focus on what I’m promoting right now.
HOW CAN THE FANS STAY CONNECTED TO YOU AND YOUR WORK?
You can stay connected with me through instagram & Snapchat! Its @BEnnieBates. My Twitter is @BEnnieBates_ & my soundcloud
Photographer: Derek Hightower | Creative Director: BErnard Love of KB Creative Group | Shoot Producer: Khaleel Garcia of KB Creative Group | Production Assistant: Marcus Leon | Shoot Location: Encore Film & Music