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Denola Grey: When Fashion Meets Music – A Chat with TeeZee of DRB on his Style & Tips



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I recently got to have a chat with TeeZee. TeeZee is a musician with a couple of singles and mixtapes under his belt and he also makes up 1/3rd of the über cool music group – DRB. He’s someone who, even in the effortlessness of it all, still manages to put together a look that works for him and adheres to most of my personal style rules.

We got together for a chat and a shoot. This is what happens when fashion and music collide.

What inspires your style?
Personally, I choose originality over everything. It comes natural to me to do things outside the norm and what is expected so that translates to my style too.

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Do music and fashion go hand-in-hand? If so, how so?
Yes I believe they do; especially in Nigeria as they are both upcoming industries, and the entertainment side of things definitely intertwines both. As you see, even on the international scene, most artists have fashion lines, or designers endorse artists to rock their clothes. It goes hand-in-hand.

What trends can you never get behind?
You will never see me wearing a leather t-shirt or leather pants…EVER.

Any style tips for the lads?
Be natural with it. Don’t force it. Not every look is for you. Don’t Jock swag (Swagger jack) its lame.

Tell us about your music style and how it relates to your personality
My music style is a mixture of hip-hop and R&B Neo Soul with Afro beat influences. I tell real stories. Not about shaking bum and popping Rosé (Lol).

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Tips by Denola Grey

1. Don’t be afraid to pair a camo print on another print like in TeeZee’s look

This look should logically look too busy, but he executed this look flawlessly. I have no criticisms! When mixing prints, it’s better to have the busier print as the bottom layer and the bigger, sparser prints as the outer layer.

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2. With a casual printed shirt, don’t hesitate to use a tie

There is a common misconception that because a shirt is printed it’s only meant to be worn with a few buttons loosened or even buttoned up to the top with no tie. I am here to tell you that is not true.

Choose a tie or bowtie that follows the vibe of your print shirt (preferably a plain color) and use it. If it’s a similar color as one of the colors on your print shirt, the look becomes more alive.

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Photo Credit: Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun

Denola Grey is a media content generator. Denola Grey started his blog, in June 2014. It consists of his thoughts, personal experiences, and style choices as he navigates his way through life. Denola has worked at PR Consulting New York and a fashion journalist for Genevieve. Denola alternates between working on his blog and other freelance projects.


  1. bruno

    September 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    This boys are so cute, I want the one on the left. #thirsty

    • aj

      September 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      I choose Denolly.

  2. Tony

    September 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Lol, Has the thirst reached this level?? Teezee you have erotic admirer oh so take care.

    Now to my original comment. Keep it up Denola, your passion for fashion is plausible. Cheers

  3. @edDREAMZ

    September 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This place really gat me laughing….. “””I tell real stories. Not about shaking bum and popping Rosé”””

  4. David Nwachukwu

    September 27, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Toyosi’s photography hits me every time. Such a talented young lady. The next generation is extremely promising. Denola i want your wardrobe, thank you. Teezee looks insanely cool as always. It’s stuff like this that should be in our Nigerian magazines.

  5. prince aj

    September 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Denola is just amazing. nice outfits. love everything and will try out those tips. kudos

  6. Mercy

    September 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Teezee has this demure swag thing going on…Ever since I saw him on EL’s The Spot,mahn have I been tripping!Love you teezee,mwah!Looking forward to new music from uuu!

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