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Fabolous Defends Tommy Hilfiger Against Racism Claims

Fabolous Defends Tommy Hilfiger Against Racism Claims

"Throw It in the Bag" MC says it's just an old rumor.

Published June 19, 2015

A throwback look into his closet has forced Fabolous to explain some of his fashion choices.

"Yesterday I posted me wearing a Tommy Hilfiger shirt even tho it was for #TBT," he tweeted. "A lot of ppl commented it was in bad taste bcuz TH is racist."

The photo to which he's referring shows him in Hilfiger sweater and a Jesus piece chain, two items that were an iconic representation of the strain of materialism in hip hop during that era. He captioned it with a nod to Q-Tip's feature on Mobb Deep's song, "Drink Away the Pain (Situations)." 


"I remember this rumor as well & also felt like I wouldn't support TH anymore," Fab continued via Twitter. "But when u research it, it's nothin more than a rumor. ... even if u google it, there's no root to it. ... Funny thing is TH supported & embraced Hip Hop a lot in the 90s. Had rappers in there fashion shows, Aaliyah as a model, ... Many different ethnicities in the promo ads.. I even met TH myself & spoke with him."

Hilfiger, too, has responded to the rumor, clarifying years ago that it's not that he doesn't want Black people wearing his clothes, rather it was more of a sense of distance from the hip hop community. "[Hip hop] It fueled a lot of growth, but it took us away from our roots," he once told Bloomberg News. "...There is an image and attitude to most brands and that’s really important. I like to stick to my heritage and not chase trends and at that point we were chasing trends." is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

(Photo: Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger)

Written by Chay Liberté


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