Migos Say Versace Has Not Reached Out To Them For Hit Song, Tired Of Spending ‘Racks’ Everyday On Brand

Migos’ “Versace” featuring Drake was one of the top Hip Hop tracks in Summer 2013. It peaked at number 99 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The single was subsequently embraced by the brand’s renowned designer and figurehead Donatella Versace and played during the conclusion of Milan’s fashion week in late September.

Migos were appreciative of this honor, but revealed during an interview with Global Grind that Versace had not reached out to them.

“Donatella hasn’t reached out to us,” Quavo said. “I want some swag though, Donatella. Let me get something cause I’m tired of spending one rack, two racks, three racks, four racks everyday.”

Hip Hop has long been instrumental in bolstering the brands of multibillion-dollar companies with no monetary compensation in return.

Migos’ may have unintentionally made Versace millions of dollars, but sadly don’t even know it. The single proved to be constant, “free” promotion for the established Italian Fashion Company. It was streamed every hour on the radio, played in the club and boasts millions of views on the net. The “Versace” music video, which features Versace clothes and accessories, was a fixture on BET’s 106 & Park and was essentially a daily ad spot for the network’s large African American audience. Not to mention, Drake’s celebrity power brought mainstream attention to the track.

Versace experienced record growth in 2012 after seeing a 20 percent increase in revenue of $553.8 million amid rising global sales, which gained approximately 40 percent to $304.2 million as North American revenues doubled, reports.

This comes following dismal sales in 2009 that put the luxury clothing brand on the brink of bankruptcy.

In a Financial Times report obtained by Forbes, Versace had an EBTIDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) of $480 million in 2012.

Many Hip Hop heads may recall another smash hit song that paid homage to a clothing item over a decade ago.

Nelly’s “Air Force Ones,” an ode to the popular Nike shoe wear, peaked at number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.

Nike received free marketing for its shoe all thanks to the St. Louis MC. Looking into the financial aspects of the hot single, Nelly paid a hefty bill.

He paid for the studio time to record the track. He paid his producer for the hot beat. He paid a videographer to film his video shoot. He secured some of St. Louis’ most popular sports athletes to make cameo appearances in the video, including Rams’ players Marshall Faulk, Tory Holt and D’Marco Farr.

In the business world, Nike would have had to pay these sports athletes to appear in a commercial spot.

Cristal, a high-priced champagne, was another brand that received constant free promotion from the Hip Hop community. In MTV Cribs, it became a ritual for many Hip Hop entertainers to open their fridge and show off their gold bottle. It was even a fixture in music videos.

But Jay-Z ended Hip Hop’s affection for the champagne after calling the company “racist.”

Frederic Rouzaud, managing director of Louie Roederer, the company that produces Cristal, allegedly told The Economist magazine he viewed Hip Hop’s love for the champagne with “curiosity and serenity,” according to USA Today.

The magazine went on to ask Rouzaud if Cristal’s association with the “bling lifestyle” could be detrimental to company, to which he replied, “That’s a good question, but what can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.”

The “Holy Grail” rapper called Rouzaud’s words a “slap in the face” during an AOL interview with Steve Stout.

“You promoting something you like. It’s not even promoting it, you’re just talking about it. Hip Hop is about expression,” he said. “You’re talking about something you like and it catches on in culture. You’re an unpaid spokesman for this brand. You’re generating millions and millions of dollars for that brand. And for that brand not to say at least thank you…”

Jay led a boycott of Cristal and even put his dislike for the brand on wax in song “On To The Next One,” rapping, “I used to drink Cristal, but them motherf*ckers racist/So I switch gold bottles on to that Spade s**t.”

Jay-Z’s former Roc-A-Fella business associate Dame Dash told MTV News he wouldn’t promote another company’s brand in his music unless he was getting paid.

“Unless someone is paying me a billion dollars or offering equity, we don’t play that,” Dash told MTV. “That’s never come up, because once you get that powerful that someone wants to pay me to do something, I don’t need it. I’ve heard about companies asking [artists] to do that, but it hasn’t really happened to us yet.”

World-renowned brands are continuously seeking ways to market to the black community and using Hip Hop to do so.

Despite representing only 13 percent of the U.S. population, black spending power is expected to reach $1.1 Trillion by 2015, according to the Nielsen Company. As the Black community gets poorer, the companies that market to this community continue to get richer.

Hip Hop was started in impoverished African American and Latino communities, but African Americans’ influence is consistently being used to make others foreign to the culture richer.

Meek Mill shed light on the black culture’s influence on the business practices of brands during an interview with Karen Civil.

Meek had much to say about Reebok following their swift decision to part ways with Rick Ross following a controversial verse uttered in Rocko’s “U.E.N.O.”

Ross spoke of date raping a woman with the drug “Molly.”

Rocko – U.O.E.N.O. Ft. Future, Usher, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa & 2 Chainz (Video) from Gino Spangenberg on Vimeo.

Meek said that Reebok was a fledgling company before signing Hip Hop acts Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz and Tyga.

Meek likened Reebok’s business strategy to prostitution.

“These companies actually follow our culture and make money off our culture and pay us like a pimp out,” he said. “Oh this bitch ain’t working, put her out on the strip.”

Versace didn’t make Migos’ song hot. The Atlanta rapper’s flow and style made it hot. They could have been rapping about Armani and it would’ve achieved the same success.

If Migos’ were smart they could’ve promoted their own clothing brand in the song and benefited two-fold. Or at the very least, struck an endorsement deal with a known brand before dropping the song.

In Migos’ interview with Global Grind, Quavo stated he was only interested in receiving free clothes from Versace because he is tired of spending “racks” everyday on the brand.

Quavo makes it clear he along with lovers of his Billboard hit will continue adding to the wealth of Versace.

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    Such a great fucking article! too bad they will continue to do free promotions. We need to learn these companies and designers dont give a fuck about us, but they sure do love our money. Migos Versace video had thousands of dollars worth of Versace merchandise, they used the song in the fashion show and they havent even reached out to say thank you? Thats crazy! Stop promoting these assholes and making them richer and promote your own brands or atleast black owned buisnesses. WAKE UP!

    • Anonymous

      Amen, could not of said it better.

    • Anonymous

      real shit

  • Trey_Ball_Fall

    If anybody should be getting something, it should be Drake. He’s the only reason most of us gave that Versace song a chance because Migos sound like a bunch of retards in most of their songs. Also nobody told them to make a song about Versace, they did that on their own.

    • Carmen

      RIGHT! nobody told them to make that stupid song. thats on them. nelly dumb as fuck too for that air force one song and they dont give a damn about you

  • Trey

    haha they dumb as fuck n they still payin for that weak shit

  • Famous Jet Jackson

    rappers need to stop acting like coons n more like business men

  • Javier

    if you are a rapper you should understand the business before the business eats you alive

  • Anonymous

    jayz was saying some real shit

  • Anonymous

    new slaves

  • Anonymous

    damn dis industry cut throat sheesh


    kollegekidd be on point with these articles

    • Houston Norf Side

      on life

  • Billy Blackbone

    Strike the deal BEFORE you release the shit dummys. Pitch it to them like any other firm who sells marketing campaigns.

    Also, a lotta these dudes are hypocrites. They get pissed (race card) at companies when they make money off hip hop when they embrace it, then they cry when noone embraces it. The dummys leave big brands wondering what to do, and they just do nothing.

  • Koolin

    dat versace bitch look hideous. wtf happen to her

    • Andrew

      dats plastic surgery bruh she 58 but look damn near 70 lol

  • Flatbush Rican

    They also low key promoted footlocker in that Nelly video doe

  • Illy

    It’s funny cuz after that nelly song came out, they went up on the price of Forces. They was only like 60, then it became 100. Tall Ts, durag, forces and fitted was the swagg in the early millenium lol

  • NiggerBeater

    Dumb coons always try to show off. Nobody gives a fuck if you you wear designer. Just another nigger in a $400 shirt.

  • Anonymous

    haha dats crazy but no one told them to wear that shit n make a song off of it

  • DUBC

    kollegekidd is the rap cnn #SALUTE

  • Terrica

    i hate when black people spend thousands of of dollars on racist brands that don’t give a damn about the black community

  • Desean

    save your money for a good education not some versace

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