‘Pray for Paris’ Is Westside Gunn’s First Charting Album. It Won’t Be His Last

In January, the rapper Westside Gunn found himself in the front row at a show at Paris Fashion week, sitting near stars like J Balvin. Much to the rapper’s surprise, his own gruff voice started blasting through the speakers — “Perfect Plex the brick, broke it down, it got me rich” — as a tap dancer writhed and twisted in front of the crowd. It’s safe to assume that few of those in attendance at Virgil Abloh’s Off-White show had experience breaking down a brick of illegal substances, let alone performing a wrestling move on one, but for Gunn, that didn’t matter. “Just imagine — you’ve been into fashion your whole life, but you’ve never been to fashion week in Paris,” the rapper recalls. “You finally go, it’s one of your favorite brands, and then your song comes on”…

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