Kanye West’s Protégé Desiigner For WWD; Styles In Saint Laurent, Maison Margiela & Death To Tennis
G.O.O.D. Music new signee and Kanye West‘s protégé Desiigner – née Sidney Royel Selby III is featured in WWD. A couple of weeks ago, the 19-year-old Brooklyn-native’s single, “Panda” topped the Billboard Hot 100. The last New York rapper to land number one on the Billboard Hot 100 was Jay Z with “Empire State of Mind“.
In the images, Desiigner wears Saint Laurent jeans, Maison Margiela sneakers and a Death to Tennis jacket.
The Bed-Stuy (a section in Brooklyn) bred recently spoke to the publication about “Panda,” his musical influence, upbringing, people questioning if he’s a one-hit wonder, and more.
On the meaning of “Panda”:
“‘Panda‘ refers to a car, a white BMW X6 that resembles the endangered species.”
On where his musical influence comes from:
“[I was influenced by] all types of funk. My daddy and momma are old school. My sister listened to reggae and my homies listened to trap music.” Asked who his favorite rapper is, he states, “I’m my own favorite artist, but I love everybody’s music.”
On if he has a favorite “Panda” remix — rappers including Fabolous, Lupe Fiasco and Meek Mill have created their own versions of the song — he replies, “I can’t pick out one. I can’t even speak on that one.”
On growing up in a two-parent home in Bed-Stuy (he now resides in New Jersey), where he never went without:
“I was always on my swag since I was younger,” said Desiigner, who created his alias after his brother-in-law told him to design his name and he added a second “i” for flair. “My mom and pop didn’t play that. I came from a supportive home with a mommy and a daddy and they had everything I wanted.” His family is from Barbados, he has two sisters and a big brother.
On his energetic performances:
“Ever since I was younger I was a performer,” Desiigner says. “I was a ladies’ boy in school, so I was singing to girls and singing ‘Happy Birthday.’ So when it came down to performing it was just natural. It’s just my rhythm, my vibe, my funk.”
On questioning if he’s a one hit wonder:
“They think I ain’t got another one. You crazy. If I made the first one like that what the f–k you think I got next.”
See more pics on the next couple of pages: