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Jay Z, Pharrell, Kanye West And A$AP Rocky Officially Have The Style Game On Lock

We're gonna let you finish, but these rap legendaries are the most stylish of all time.

Don't be surprised if you hear about GQ's top style picks in future rap lyrics because it's definitely on the way.

The monthly men's magazine released their version of this year's best dressed list and grabbed a handful of hip-hop's flashiest members with Jay Z, Pharrell, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky making appearances on the list. While this is no new feat for Mr. West and Pharrell, heads definitely turned for the Tom Ford rapper Jay-Z and Purple Swag coiner A$AP.

But were we really surprised?

GQ said that the decision didn't lie with how much money they spent on their ensembles or who had the best stylist, but more so their apt to following their own "spirit guide."

NBA's most celebrated MVP LeBron James and the eclectic Jaden Smith also made the list. But of course the world's renowned rapper-turned-fashion sensation Kanye West had to grace the issue's cover (again). Check it out here.

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9th Wonder On The Everlasting Marriage Of Hip-Hop And Sampling

Third time seemed to be the charm for D’USSE's Re-Mixer Series. As a multitude of guests arrived in Los Angeles for Grammy festivities this month, music and spirit enthusiasts settled in at Hollywood's Beauty & Essex to enjoy lessons in music and sampling by legendary producer 9th Wonder.

The third annual D’USSE Re-Mixer Series brought out those curious about the cognac's spirited cocktails along with those who were ready to hear the sounds of DJ Oliva Dope. In addition to 9th's presence at the mixer, fellow music and DUSSE lovers like Memphis Bleek, Rapsody, Insecure's Sarunas J. Jackson and Bacardi Senior Portfolio ambassador Colin Asare-Appiah were also ready to show off their cocktail making skills.

But there wasn't just D'USSE cocktails to indulge. Guests enjoyed rich lessons on the importance of R&B's marriage to hip-hop. While today's resurgence with artists like SZA, Ella Mai, H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar have brought emphasis back to the nayhooos of it all, early tunes remind us that hip-hop's skeleton carries plenty of soul.

Chic's "Good Times" provided weight for The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," DeBarge's "A Dream" gave reflection for 2Pac's "I Ain't Mad At Cha" and James Brown's "Funky Drummer" allowed us all to lay back and enjoy Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Let Me Ride."

R&B sampling continues today in nearly every chart-topping hit. Donny Hathaway's 1972 track "Jealous Guy" gives power to Chance The Rapper's "Juice," Beyonce's '03 tune "Me Myself and I" loops lovingly on Meek Mill's "24/7" with Ella Mai and The O'Jays' 1972 single "Backstabbers" spruced up Drake's "Fake Love."

As 9th Wonder shared the beauty of notable samples as guests like R&B songwriting legend Brian Michael Cox popped in to teach scratching methods to aspiring DJs, the relationship between hip-hop and R&B seemed to be stronger than ever.

"I think we need that," 9th shares with VIBE about today's balance and the current popularity boost in R&B. "I'm a historian by nature so I watch trends and I watch culture. Everything repeats itself whether we're talking about fashion and especially music. When I was 20 years old, D'Angelo was my version of something 20 years before that which was Marvin Gaye and Stevie [Wonder]."

Today, 9th praised artists like BJ The Chicago Kid and H.E.R., who took home two Grammys for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for "Best Part" with Daniel Caesar, for providing more than just trusty falsettos.

"I think with H.E.R., Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Anderson .Paak and BJ The Chicago Kid and a myriad of other R&B artists who are budding believe in the music and believe in the feeling," he explains. "That's another resurgence that happened in the 90s but everything runs in cycles, history repeats itself and nothing is new under the sun."

D'USSE's relationship to music is also something worth noting 9th says. "I think spirits in a way make you euphoric and there are moments in hip-hop that make you feel euphoric too," he says. "Sometimes, your favorite song can be just as important as your favorite drink. When you're dealing with drinks and music, you're dealing with the five senses and how they go together. They also rely on each other too. You can't have one without the other."

With D'USSE's cognac carrying classic notes and grape varieties, 9th views its relationship to the music just the same with classic sounds from legends like Teddy Pendergrass and The O'Jays.

"If I were to have any soundtrack or label that's dedicated to D'USSE cognac, it would be Philadelphia's Gambling Cuff, all the Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays 'For The Love of Money' and 'Backstabbers,' 'Love TKO,' 'Turn Off The Lights/ Close The Door,' he listed. "All of those are really smooth, really cool. That's the kind of music that matches the drink."

One can only hope the gems gleamed through any buzzed feelings the cocktails brought forth. If so, it's a lesson in music worth remembering. "A lot of people don't know the history of drinks like that and a lot of people don't know the history of sampling like that either," the producer says. "Bartending [and making spirits] is their passion, music is mine. We just have to make sure people realize it's paramount to everything."

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Burberry Apologizes For Hoodie With A Noose Around The Neck

Fashion brand Burberry has apologized after one of their designs, a hoodie featuring a noose around its neck, made its debut during London fashion week.

A statement released by the retailer revealed the item has been removed after one of the brand's own models took to Instagram to blast the fashion house for its cultural insensitivity.

"We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection," Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN. "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake."

Liz Kennedy was featured in the show and alleges her qualms about the noose went ignored. Kennedy also says some members of the staff joked about it prior to the show while hanging the noose from the ceiling.

"I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was 'it's fashion. Nobody cares about what's going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,' " she said.

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News of Burberry's noose-hoodie comes on the heels of Gucci's blackface controversy. The Italian luxury brand merited the ire of the Internet after their $890 balaclava turtleneck, which featured a cutout of red lips, caused many to blast the fashion house for the racist attire.

Celebrities including Spike Lee, T.I. and more vowed to boycott Gucci.

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Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director Of Chanel And Fendi, Dead At 85

Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of luxury brands Chanel and Fendi, has died. He was 85 years old, and the news was confirmed by Chanel.

Per The New York Times, while other fashion directors chose to retire, Mr. Lagerfeld continued to work up until his death on Tuesday (Feb. 19) in Paris, designing "an average" of 14 new collections a year on his own, excluding collaborative projects.

"Mr. Lagerfeld never stopped creating," the Times writes of the tireless worker. "He was also a photographer, whose work was exhibited at the Pinacothèque de Paris; a publisher, having founded his own imprint for Steidl, Edition 7L; and the author of a popular 2002 diet book, 'The Karl Lagerfeld Diet,' about how he had lost 92 pounds."

Like many other luxury brands, Chanel and Fendi were loved by hip-hop figures such as Lil Kim, The Notorious B.I.G., Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Gucci Mane and more. The fashion houses were also mentioned in songs from artists such as "Still Dipset" by Jim Jones, "Chun-Li" by Nicki Minaj, "Chanel" by Frank Ocean, "She Bad" by Cardi B and many others.

"I was like a nerdy little black kid on a skateboard. So looking at high-end fashion was something that I really didn't understand in the very beginning," said Pharrell in 2017 of Chanel. The musician said that he was introduced to high-fashion through The Notorious B.I.G, and he was the first man to appear in a Chanel handbag campaign. Willow Smith was also named brand ambassador for Chanel in 2017.

Check out some choice Chanel and Fendi fits from hip-hop artists below. Rest in peace, Karl Lagerfeld.

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