Dyeland “2Fly” London is a stylist who does more than pick clothes for rappers. He helped with the creative direction of Lil Baby’s entire “Back Outside Tour” and much more.
“We had a show in Austin, Texas and it was 120 degrees. It was crazy hot,” London told REVOLT about Young Thug at a previous show. “It got to the point where he performed in no shirt, but he had his belt loops, sneakers, boots, and still had to be fashionable with a rock star look.”
In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Lil Baby and Young Thug’s stylist explains how their performance styles affect their outfits, his creative direction on Lil Baby’s “Back Outside Tour,” and how he went from a college student to Young Thug’s stylist in a matter of months. Read below!
How do you style an artist for a live show?
A lot of my artists have their own style. I’ll find different types of clothes that meet their style, but they’ll put it on themselves, as far as picking what it is. I would give hints on things they should do. They’ll make their choice on what they want to wear but I’ll add my opinion on what else they can do.
Who was the first artist you styled for?
Zoe [Dupree] connected me with Young Thug around 2015/2016. I was in college and Thug came to perform at my school Clark Atlanta for homecoming. Zoe was on campus looking for something for Thug to wear. I showed him a few things and we were cool since then. I found the sweater Thug wore on stage at that show. He was one of my favorite artists, so it was cool seeing him wear something I found for him. I’m from Ohio, so it was big to me. I came to the concert and met him. Then, I started helping Jerrika [Karlae]. From then, I started being with Thug on an everyday basis. Obviously, he knew I was a stylist and had a passion for it, so he put me in position months later. I’ve been to all of Thug’s shows since then. Now he’s wearing nothing but his brand Spider [Worldwide] and Vertabrae, which is my brand.
What was the first tour you styled Thug on?
Future’s “Nobody Safe Tour” in 2017. When we were on tour with Future, he wore the Chanel bag on stage that lit up. It was right before it came out. He had it early. He drew on the Chanel bag with a sharpie marker.
What was your day-to-day role on that tour?
My day-to-day was trying to find the clothes people don’t have or don’t wear. He has always been the type of artist who was outside the box and never did what anyone did. So, I had to find cool brands that were different.
Were the clothes you got dependent on the cities you were in?
Yes but no. He got to the point where he might wear the same thing two nights in a row in different states. He’s a different type of artist. But, he definitely changes his clothes two – three times a day. New York had the best clothing options. In 2017, that’s when Dover [Street Market] was popping crazy. 2017 was the peak of VLONE and all of that type of stuff. We went shopping crazy in New York.
How much were you spending each show on outfits?
Oh man, this man was spending $50,000 – $60,000 each store going crazy. He was like, “I need every size in this, every size in this.” That’s someone who takes clothes to the next level.
How did his stage performance factor in to your decisions when picking his outfits?
Those were amphitheaters we were performing at, so it was depending on whatever city we were in. For example, we had a show in Austin, Texas and it was 120 degrees. It was crazy hot. It got to the point where he performed in no shirt, but he had his belt loops, sneakers, boots, and still had to be fashionable with a rock star look.
Does Thug give you any instruction on the outfits he wants to perform in?
For us, it’s more about moments. Thug might be in a rockstar stage for a month, so I know where he’s at mentally. Next thing you know he’s on a classic business look with a turtleneck or a blazer with every outfit. It’s all about whatever moment he’s in. He might be making deep songs for the month and then he’s making all turn-up stuff.
Do you make sure his clothes are breathable?
For sure. If it’s jeans or something, we have to make sure they got good stretch because he does jump around on stage. He participates a lot with the crowd. Everything has to be something he can move around in.
What is your favorite Thug performance?
His Rolling Loud Miami show and Lollapalooza show last year. At Lollapalooza, he had the black wings and changed outfits three times. He never really changes on stage like that. It’s a whole stage set now. At Rolling Loud, he had the pink bubble coat with the Swarovski crystal leather pants. Those pants were my idea.
How did you connect with Lil Baby?
Thug put me on to Lil Baby. Lil Baby had so much going on in his career, he needed some extra help with creativity. I had a pop-up in Miami for my brand and Baby came there. Thug sat me down with him. Next thing I know, a month later, I’m on tour with Baby doing the whole creative on his tour from the stage performance to helping him get dressed. That was 2021.
I loved his live show production for that “Back Outside Tour.” How did you come up with that?
Those were all my ideas. It was about a week from me coming up with that before we were on tour. His performance was always him coming out on stage, performing, and then getting off stage. But, he’s the biggest artist in the world, we had to put on a show. So, I said we had to have an intro and do everything. First, he was going to wake up on the couch in the trap and look cool. But, I thought it was basic. He came out to the “Wants and Needs” song he did with Drake where he says, “I’m from the four, but I love me a threesome,” so he comes out the bed with two girls from the beginning. Then, he’s on stage performing. For the next song, he’s on the couch and everyone’s walking around him. Then, it’s “On Me” and he’s on the throne performing. Dark comes out and now he’s back on top of the stage. Going back to the My Turn album, he would be sitting on the edge of a cube but it looks like a rock [like his My Turn album cover]. It was a really cool process. It just had to make sense.
My favorite part of his performance was him doing “Drip Too Hard” while going back and forth on a clothing rack.
We couldn’t just do “Drip Too Hard” regularly. He changes his clothes twice during the performance. So, if he comes out with a jacket on, we can hang the jacket up during “Drip Too Hard.” Everything was choreographed. He never did that before and he was down to do it.
What was the best place to get clothes from off the “Back Outside Tour”?
There was this store in Boston named Riccardi.
What was a fan interaction that stuck out to you?
Baby had this performance where he had this flannel Amiri jacket on and he threw it in the crowd. These kids fought for it the whole show. One kid held onto it from one arm and the other kid held onto it from the other arm for the whole show. They literally walked out of the show together with the jacket.
Have you ever had to deal with a wardrobe malfunction?
With Baby, we had a show in New York and we had a jacket we wanted to wear. But, when we checked Instagram, this artist already wore the jacket. This store we got it from told him he was the only person they sold the jacket to. I’m looking on Instagram before he goes on stage, took the jacket from him, and told him I’m about to find something else. I literally got a shirt from a guy who pulled up and had this rockstar type of T-shirt. It matched perfectly with what Baby had on. I cut the sleeves off the shirt and then I cut the bottom of the shirt off and turned it into a tank type of shirt. He had these studded flare jeans on and it was a perfect fit. It was probably one minute before he walked on stage.
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What do you have coming up for 2022?
I’m applying pressure with all the artists I work with. Baby is definitely dropping this year. Everything for his rollout and all, I’ll be involved in.