Alexander Wang has officially become the first ever fashion designer to curate playlists for Apple Music. The trailblazing young creative has compiled three playlists – ‘Chill,’ ‘Hype’ and ‘Vibe’ – to support the launch of the Apple Music fashion channel. Wang described the thought and intent behind each playlist to Vogue:
“‘Chill’ is my go-to playlist when I get home, when I need to decompress, or when I’m having a night in. [...] ‘Hype’—those songs are mostly derived from playlists that I’ve played in a party bus or en route to a festival or going out. They are songs that kick up the energy. [...] ’Vibe’ is more a playlist that’s in between, with songs that have high energy and also are great classics. It’s good for having people over, drinks; it’s kind of pregame music.”
Wang also explained that he feels a particularly personable connection to hip-hop:
“Throughout the ’90s when I was in school, growing up in the Bay Area, hip-hop was a big influence for me. I would go to the mall in the Timbs and cargo jeans—that definitely stemmed from all the hip-hop music I was listening to.”
‘Chill’ features artists like Drake and Rihanna, ‘Hype’ calls on M.I.A., Diplo and Lil Jon, and ‘Vibe’ includes hits from Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. Wang’s playlists will continue to update all year round, so keep checking back.