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GaTa from Dave

Both onscreen and off, GaTa, who plays a fictionalized version of himself on the FX show Dave, is Lil’ Dicky’s hype man.  GaTa is an empathetic soul who struggles with bi-polar disorder while working with Dave and Elz to help his friend achieve his dreams of becoming the next big rapper.  GaTa wears an array of fashionable streetwear, and always has a lip ring in his lower left lip.

Dave from Dave

Rapper and comedian Lil’ Dicky (born and credited as Dave Burd) plays a fictionalized version of himself on the new FX show Dave.  On the show, Dave is a semi-neurotic millennial working to achieve his dreams of becoming the next big rapper with the help of his producer Elz, girlfriend Ally, and hype man GaTa.  Dave’s style is eclectic and bold, with plenty of pattern mixing and vintage-looking sweaters and jackets, as well as a pastel colored suit to help him look fresh when meeting with record execs.

Childish Gambino from This Is America

Childish Gambino from This Is America

In the music video for “This is America”, Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) raps and dances as an expression of various themes including being black in America, gun violence, and police brutality. His gold chains are a nod to slavery, his movements to caricatures of Jim Crow, and the yellow shoes, who knows. Sew black buttons on the fly to get the pants matching as close as possible.

Eazy-E

Eric Lynn Wright is Eazy-E, a member of the rap group NWA straight outta Compton and known as the Godfather of Gangsta Rap. He’s also known for his beef with mate Dr. Dre and producer Suge Knight.

Run-D.M.C.

Formed in the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. is one of the most influential hip hop groups, being the first of the genre to earn a platinum release on their album. The rap group consists of Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay who got the shaft when it came to naming the group.

Eminem

On the Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem asks for the real Slim Shady to please stand up. All it really takes is hair bleach and a white tee to start imitating.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a songwriter and rapper known as much for her bubblegum outfits and music videos as her chart-topping singles.

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams is best known for his involvement with The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. but is also well known for his collaboration with other musicians like Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, and Gwen Stefani. He’s also into fashion and made a statement during the 2014 Grammys with his homage to Canadian mounties.

Vanilla Ice

Try as he might to make a new name for himself, Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, will always be remembered for such classics as “Ice Ice Baby” and “Ninja Rap.” While the rapper now dresses like a member of Limp Biscuit, it’s his hi-top haircut and harem pants of the ’80s that make his costume fun to imitate.

Flavor Flav

Hip-hop pioneer, Flavor Flav has stayed true to his style despite adding reality television star and restaurateur to his resume. Combining lots of “bling” with a giant clock necklace, copying Flavor’s style probably won’t score you a model like Brigitte Nielsen but it will have people asking you for the time.