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For a brief period this afternoon, the world stopped whatever lesser activity it was currently in the middle of and turned its attention to a much more important spectacle: Kanye's Twitter. In a series of 27 (and counting!) tweets, the rapper–slash–fashion designer–slash presidential hopeful effectively disemboweled rapper Wiz Khalifa, who, according to his Wikipedia page, is currently deceased.
But a curious thing happened mid-roast: Kanye actually paused to compliment Wiz Khalifa — specifically, his cool pants:
I went to look at your twitter and you were wearing cool pants— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
He even attempted to start a hashtag devoted to Wiz's great taste in pants:
I screen grabbed those pants and sent it to my style team #Wizwearscoolpants— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
Following a minor interlude that included the phrase, "I am your OG and I will be respected as such," Kanye returned to the subject of the pants:
8th I made it so we could wear tight jeans— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
9th me and Cudi created this shit— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
Later, it even turned a little bit sad:
17th I think you dress cool I wish I was skinny and tall— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
maybe I couldn’t be skinny and tall but I’ll settle for being the greatest artist of all time as a consolation— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
In the wake of the cool pants debacle, Wiz's Instagram followers have since begun commenting on his photos with infinite pants emojis. An important question remains in the midst of all this, however: Which pair of cool pants, exactly, was Kanye referring to in the original tweet? An investigation of Wiz's Twitter photos reveals a few plausible answers.
There are these super cool embellished pants:
Or these cool Adidas track pants:
And these cool white skinny jeans:
Or perhaps these cool distressed jeans:
So, which are they? Please advise.