It's a Man's World

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It's a Man's World


Apple MacBook I wrote Pump It on the Tokyo to Osaka bullet train using this. apple.com They keep my hair up otherwise it falls all over the place. I have half a dozen patterned straw ones. Hats Cazal sunglasses My current favourites, they're just so cool. cazalsunglasses.com Dolce & Gabbana jacket It's leather with a silk lining and is verynice. brownsfashion.com Tesla electric car I had a Hummerbut swapped it for this. teslamotors.com Nike Air Force Ones Dress them up and they look like shoes. office.co.uk

Michael Jackson was my style icon. He was likeagodintheurbanareas.Eventhough breakdancing was invented before Michael Jackson did it we'd all wearthe zippy trousers when we went popping. Now I've got the chance towork with him on his comeback album, which is a dream come true.

If you look like a gangsta you'll be treated like one by the police and thegangs. I grew up on an LA housing project and dressing differently kept me outof trouble. It was a way of saying, 'I'm not into gangs'. People knew I wasarty and left me alone. But they knew that just because I dressed fresh itdidn't mean I was fruity.

Style is an extension of me. It's about how I look at the world and how I wantit to look at me. My look is dapper. It's not snobby or snooty. I don't want tolook or think like everybody else.I don't even have the same gestures as rappers. I don't like that look.

I have at least 500 waistcoats and several hundred pairs of jeans. And dozensof jackets and coats. Rails of them. Shirts piled high. That's just at home.The Peas have their own warehouse fullofclothesforvideos,showsandshoots. Occasionally, we gather some together and give them away to inner-cityyouth programmes.

The best designers are British: Paul Smith, Ted Baker and Vivienne Westwood.The thing about those labels is that they're classic. They're superbly made,real quality. I shopped at secondhand shops when I was growing up. I'd findgreat old vintageclothesthathadlastedforyears. …

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