Kanye West Gives A.P.C Brand Permission To Use “N*ggas In Paris”
Did Kanye West give French A.P.C Brand founder Jean Touitou the OK to title a portion of his 2015 fall/winter collection “Last Ni**as in Paris?” Yup.
According to HipHopWired, Ye and Touitou are long time friends. Touitou found inspiration in Kanye and Jay’s hit song “N*ggas In Paris” and the 1972 Franco-Italian romance film “Last Tango in Paris.”
Offended? Wait until you hear Touitou’s live narration of the line:
I call this one look Last N****s in Paris. Why? Because it’s the sweet spot when the hood meets Bertolucci’s movie Last Tango in Paris. So that’s ‘N****s in Paris’ and Last N****s in Paris. [Nervous laughter from audience.] Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it’s nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it’s bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland.
Touitou also said the line is a sort of “homage” to their friendship. Sure.
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