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We asked 24 of our favorite minds—including Robert Pattinson, Dua Lipa, Offset, Desus + Mero, and more—what they’re discovering about art, and about themselves, in this age of isolation. See how they’re all staying creative in the time of quarantine here.


Offset’s quarantine pad in L.A. is basically an enormous walk-in closet. Enter through the front door and you might have a Daisy Buchanan–level meltdown, but over Chrome Hearts jeans instead of Gatsby’s dress shirts. Offset has turned his living room into a laboratory for fits, with rare jawnz from Kapital, Louis Vuitton, Chrome Hearts (of course), and obscure Japanese brands you can find only at local shop Departamento, piled high on every surface. “To be honest, I like to get dressed so much, I’ll find myself putting fits on and taking pictures in the driveway just so I can have some content to give to my fans while we’re sitting at home,” Offset said while showing off his fashion archive on FaceTime. “Every day I’m throwing a different pair of shoes on, and I ain’t really going nowhere. I love drip so much.”

When he isn’t taking fit pics in the driveway, the Georgia-bred rapper is recording in his home studio and working on a new concept for the next Migos album via regular calls with Quavo and Takeoff. That’s right: It might not be called Culture III. “[Quarantine] has just given me a harder grind, a harder drive, on the inside,” Offset said. “Ever since ‘Bad and Boujee’ went No. 1 and then we dropped Culture and Culture II, I’ve heard the word culture so much. As artists you challenge yourself—you have to keep moving forward. So I’ve been thinking of a plan to make something as powerful or more powerful [than Culture].”

And of course, Offset and his wife, Cardi B, are using their rare mutual downtime to do quarantine couple things, like binge-watch Tiger King. When asked whether lockdown has brought him and Cardi closer together, Offset was unequivocal: “Yessir. Both our time and both our schedules be hectic, so we’re taking advantage of that. But,” he continued, “we’re both ready to get back to work.”


collage of images: self portrait of dua lipa, self portrait of desus nice, artwork by chris johanson, artwork by wes lang

24 Great Minds on Being Creative in the Time of Quarantine

Dua Lipa, Ottessa Moshfegh, Desus & Mero, Offset, and more share with GQ what they’re discovering about art, and themselves, in this moment of isolation.

Article written by Samuel Hine #GQ

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