''I took safety in dressing up so people knew me to be different. The louder you dressed, the more obvious it became that you weren't in a gang. My attire got me through. I used to rap because it kept me out of trouble. It kept me safe. [All my childhood friends are] dead, in prison, on drugs, or have sold drugs."
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Black Eyed Peas
is known for his flamboyant fashions and futuristic stage costumes. As the rapper/producer revealed to Now magazine
, his out-of-this-world look was inspired by the troubled streets of East Los Angeles that he dreamed of escaping as a child.