Lil Wayne's New Shoe Line: Will it Suffer the Same Fate as These Companies?
Today, Lil Wayne announced his latest foray into the fashion business with the announcement of his yet-to-be named shoe company. Weezy has had success with his Trukfit brand streetwear brand and getting into sneakers seems to be the logical progression for the New Orleans-bred rapper. Just to remind you, here are some other rappers who moved into the fashion game, but hopefully Weezy won't suffer the same feat as these fellas.
5. David Brown (Young Buck) - This is how crazy the hip-hop clothing line boom was. The G-Unit rapper got a clothing line despite not having anything remotely close to a smash record. That was back in 2008, before people got smart with their money. Once they did, this eh clothing was one of the first causalities of the economic downturn and to that we say good riddance.
4. Outkast Clothing (Outkast) - When first introduced in 2002, Andre 3000 proclaimed that fans would be able to get "everything...the furs, the leathers...hats...everything." However, when it hit the marketplace, it looked nothing like what the charismatic rapper described. It was bland and looked no different than some of the other stuff out at the time. Needless to say, the line folded pretty quickly.
3. CEO (Dame Dash) - With a title this presumptuous and brash, you would have thought that Dash would have been able to outdo his former business partner Jay-Z's Rocawear, right? Wrong. Without Hova, Dash couldn't get CEO off the ground and like so many before, his clothing went the way of the Pinto.
2. Bushi Sport (Busta Rhymes) - In 1999, Busta Rhymes was one of the kings of hip-hop. However, didn't translate onto his clothing taste or his clothing line. Named Bushi, which means warrior in Japanese, the clothing was hideous and would have offended any warrior who dared to wear these clothes.
1. No Limit/P. Miller (Master P.) - If having a record label, film studio, sports agency, mobile phone and credit card companies aren't enough, and then might as well jump into fashion, right? Master P's No Limit clothing was so gaudy, stereotypical and unimaginative that it's surprising it lasted for a few years instead of a few seasons. After No Limit went bankrupt, P launched P. Miller, which unfortunately to those with good fashion taste, is still going strong today.
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