Passing the style torch

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While rappers' interest in fashion tend to veer towards the gaudier side - take their continued love for anything monogrammed - every once in a while a genuinely stylish rapper turns up.

For a while that man was Kanye West but, as he slid from crazed genius to just crazed, the torch had to be passed. And why not pass it to someone who combines an eye for style with some genuine talent?

While Mos Def still dabbles in streetwear - as his recent collaboration with UNDRCRWN demonstrated - his video for 'History' shows off his dapper side. Aside from wearing a rather fine cardigan, there's a variety of loafers on show and he's also managed to do the trouser turn up without crossing the (extremely) fine line between Thom Browne and Pee Wee Hermann. Now if only we could wean rappers off designers with easily rhymeable names.