Although hip-hop and hyper-masculinity have traditionally been linked, many rappers are on a mission to change all that. With their bold, nonconforming fashion choices, they're redefining what the "look" of rap is and making headlines in the process. 

1. Both on the red carpet and in photo shoots, Jaden Smith is thwarting gender conventions by wearing skirts.

In addition to wearing them for Vogue Korea (above), he also sported skirts for Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2016 campaign

"So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him," Smith said to Nylon.

"It just doesn’t matter. I’m taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren’t expected before my time," he noted.

2. For his album cover, Young Thug donned a dress and a bonnet. He also had a simple answer when asked why he frequently wears women's clothing. 

"Because women’s clothes are [slimmer] than men’s clothes," he told GQ. "The jeans I got on right now, they’re women’s jeans. But they fit how they’re supposed to fit. Like a rock star. The only thing I probably have in men’s is, like, briefs. T-shirts. 90% of my clothes are women’s." 

He also told the publication he's worn women's clothes since he was about 12 years old. 

He also starred in Calvin Klein's Fall 2016 ad campaign wearing a women's look, taking his nonconformity to new heights.

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3. Lil Uzi Vert went viral when he wore a boatneck top and a matching bag. 

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The picture was meme'd to no end, but in an interview at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, he took all the jokes in stride. 

When asked about his preference for more "feminine" looks, he replied, "They've never felt these fabrics before."

4. A fashion trailblazer who's collaborated with countless brands, Pharrell Williams made history as the first guy to model for ANY Chanel handbag campaign. 

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Williams also frequently incorporates women's pieces in his wardrobe. In a WWD article, it was revealed that Williams often has Chanel costume jewelry remade as the real jewels. 

He's also created a unisex fragrance dubbed "Girl" with Comme des Garçons, after buying another fragrance for his wife, according to Telegraph UK.

"That's what started this whole thing with me wearing girls' things here and there," Williams explained.

5. Probably the boldest of the bunch, Lil B wore a women's hat, top, and earrings while appearing on "SportsNation."

He wore women's earrings for his "Got the Mack Loaded" music video, and shared with Dazed his motivation for his fashion choices. 

"I think it’s just about being yourself and embracing what connects to you. Also, embracing what connects to you and appreciating you. I think life is a constant growing and so many new things. Every day is new," he told Dazed. "You grow everyday and that links back to fashion. You grow."

6. Kanye's leather kilt by Givenchy was a groundbreaking style moment. 

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He shared his thoughts about wearing a kilt in Paper. "Who gets to decide what's hard and what's not hard? When I saw this kilt, I liked it. I was into it. It looked fresh to me. I felt creative; I didn't feel limited by some perception," Kanye said. 

Many other rappers such as P. Diddy, A$AP Rocky, and Theopilus London have worn kilts as well. 

In 2011, Kanye performed at Coachella wearing a blouse from Céline's women's Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

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7. Andre 3000, who's known for his look as much as his tracks, wore a dress for Outkast's "Miss Jackson" single cover.

He also frequently wears wears wigs of various styles, showing he's a true style chameleon. 

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8. Cee-Lo Green, who frequently wears long tunics and gowns, posed with his Gnarls Barkley bandmate Danger Mouse in a wedding dress. Although well-known for his bold red carpet looks, Green struggled with his body confidence. 

"My body was too short, my head was too big, I was strange and dressed different, so I would get picked on," Green said in his memoir "Everybody's Brother," according to Daily Mail. Despite struggling with his body image, Green channels that into showstopping looks rather than hiding his body. 

At the 2017 Grammys, Cee-Lo took his look to another level with an all gold floor-length coat, gloves, and matching mask, which was one of the most talked-about looks that night.

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Whether it be onstage, on the red carpet, or in ad campaigns, these rappers aren't afraid to express themselves. 

In an industry that usually profits off traditional tropes of masculinity, it's inspiring to see artists who thrive through their personal, nonconforming style.