How To Jack Lil’ Wayne’s Bold Performance Style

Lil’ Wayne’s performance outfits.
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Hip hop goddesses like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Keri Hilson will always have a place in our hearts, but we’ve hankered after 2011 Video Music Awards performer and nominee Lil’ Wayne’s swag formula ever since Tha Carter II (we weren’t allowed to listen to any of his previous albums—THANKS, MOM!). Yes, we realize that the rapper is better known for his lyrical flow and his signature throaty voice, and yes, we MAY have acquired a reputation at a certain karaoke bar after busting out “6 Foot 7 Foot” one murky Friday night. But all of that music stuff is just a bonus when we’re faced with Lil’ Wayne’s fresh onstage (what will he wear at the VMAs?!) and offstage style. There’s just one problem.

Dreads aren’t a good look on us (we tried it while on vacation in Jamaica, and just… no), tattoos seem painful and well, it’s hard enough to put on our contact lenses in the morning, let alone GRILLZ. Thankfully, Lil’ Wayne’s effortless blend of hip-hop, skate and rock, which manifests itself in funky tees, baggy jeans, bright sneakers and bling, is within reach. So in honor of his long-awaited album Tha Carter IV, which drops at midnight after the 2011 VMAs, and the LYRICAL genius of his new music video “How To Love”, AND the fact that he’s nominated and performing at this weekend’s VMAs *gasps for breath* here’s our personal style homage to Weezy. Wear this look, and you’re one step closer to being a part of the YMCMB fam bam. Or you can cop this look while you watch him on MTV this Sunday in honor of his greatness. You know, like sporty people do. With teams and stuff. Either way.

Steal Lil’ Wayne’s fly style!
Photo: Courtesy of YMCMB/Amazon/LittleMissMatched/Bauble Bar/Hot Topic/Max & Chloe

Clockwise, from top left:
+ Young Money Cash Money Billionaires sweatpants (YMCMB, $35, Ymcmbofficial.com)
+ Orange silicone watch (Breda, $29.40, Amazon.com)
+ Zany, totally Weezy-worthy socks (LittleMissMatched, $13, LittleMissMatched.com)
+ Silver cage ring made to look like a diamond ring… without any actual diamond in it (PDB, $145, MaxandChloe.com)
+ Hot pink sneaks (Vans, $27.98, HotTopic.com)
+ Ice for your wrists (Bauble Bar, $182, BaubleBar.com)

+ WATCH LIL’ WAYNE’S NEW ’HOW TO LOVE’ MUSIC VIDEO

Lil’ Wayne: ’How To Love’

+ LIL’ WAYNE GOES ’80S WITH THIS MAX HEADROOM VMA PROMO

Lil Wayne’s Ready For The 2011 VMAs

+ CREATIVE DIRECTOR GIL SMITH TALKS ABOUT LIL’ WAYNE’S STYLE SWITCH UPS

Gil Smith On Lil’ Wayne’s VMA Performance

Watch the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards live from Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com. Catch the live preshow at 8 p.m. ET/PT and cast your votes for Best New Artist up until the show airs!

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