Word of Mouth, Atlanta Edition: Nessly’s Fire Fashion Choices and Favorite New Artists
Word of Mouth is a series on Green Label wherein we get you guys onto cool things, via cool people. We’re talking to our favorite creatives, artists, and athletes about their favorite stuff in their lives right now—cool apps they’re addicted to, new albums they can’t stop bumping, new health regimens… anything goes. Prepare to be put on.
Keeping consistent with our celebration of Atlanta arts and culture COURTSIDE COLLECTION, DEW’s six-city celebration of the art, culture, and creativity of basketball across the USA, we got up with ATL rapper Nessly, who, in addition to being co-signed by OVO and racking almost a million plays on his album Still Finessin’ in under a week, apparently has stellar taste in music and fashion.
Boy Scout Scarf
Since I was little, I always saw this picture of Kanye West wearing a black Louis Vuitton scarf. I always thought it was the freshest thing ever. I finally got one off eBay, and it’s real, so now I’m like, “Oh my god, I’m Kanye.” It’s tied like a Boy Scout right now. I used to be a Boy Scout.
The name of the first song is “O.K” by Zoe Cartier. I always used to see her comment under my pictures and stuff. She’s this girl artist, who I really thought was a guy for the longest time, to be honest. The song’s really good, though.
“Siri” by SAFE is dope. SAFE is like a brother to me. I actually just got off the phone with him less than five minutes before this interview—we talk almost every day. He reached out to me after shouting me out on his Instagram, which usually stays as an Internet thing to me. But switched contacts, and it’s crazy because the vibes were authentic and I rock with him like a day one. When I got booked for a show in Toronto in February, I hit him like, “Yo let’s link,” so we met at a local recording studio and the rest was history. I felt like I was with my blood brother working. Wild.
And That New Gorillaz Album
I’m really excited for the new Gorillaz album. They’ve always been my favorite band outside of rap, Sade being my favorite solo act outside of rap.
I’ve just seen their growth from the material before with tracks like “Clint Eastwood” to everything on Demon Days. I liked Plastic Beach, but Demon Days is my all-time favorite. I used to take some of my dad’s old CDs and sell them at this music consignment store so I could buy their music. It’s just super sentimental to me. Damon Albarn is a genius. When I heard they were coming out with an album in 2016, I was immediately excited. I even went to say on Twitter that I would spend my entire label budget on doing a few tracks with the Gorillaz. It’s that serious.