I’ve always had this prediction that when we are all forgotten dust, anthropologists are going to study the deep lexicon of rap music. And when they do, E-40 is going to be the equivalent of Shakespeare; his bars are arguably the most complex , especially considering that 99.99% of the people who do live in Earl Stevens’ time-period cannot decode his tempest of slang.
The Hundreds, always committed to rooting their garments in California history, have just unveiled their collaboration with the living legendary E-40. This shirt, which shall be sold starting tomorrow at The Hundreds shop in San Francisco, is chalked full of E’s slang.
P.S. word to all of the future E-40 scholars Luniz feat. E-40, Dru-Down, Richie Rich & Digital Underground- I Got 5 On It (remix)
Recently, Complex Magazine’s blog did a post on the top 100 t-shirts of the soon-to-be-ending decade. Streetwear bigwigs The Hundreds, however, were taken aback by some of Complex’s exclusions and some of their inclusions, too.
Now, I like t-shirts. I certainly wear a lot of them. And, even if I wouldn’t rock some of the shirts listed, I can definitely appreciate the design. So, in a vacuum, I could dig either of these lists. But, I will say this, streetwear purists are a touchy bunch. When “a poser”, “a phony” or someone who hasn’t “paid their dues” buys one of their $50 shirts, they often pout, run upstairs to their room, throw their weeping head under a pillow while claiming that their culture is being “deluded.”
In conclusion, I suppose the two objectives of this post are:
1. to link you to some cool shirts: Complex’s take & The Hundreds’ take
2. to laugh at grown men squabble over whose taste in clothing is superior
I gotta say Raekwon, I’m a tad bit worried that if Only Built 4 Cuban Links II doesn’t live up to the hype, that the rap-world will curl up into a ball of disillusionment and the genre will cease to exist. I’m sure that the folks at Hawaiian streetwear brand In4mation share my worries, because if that happens, this exclusive shirt that they created to commemorate the chef’s recent performance at a Hawaiian titty bar is going to lose mad value.
These tees featuring tee tees, were only given to folks who watched Raekwon at the strip club but apparently there are a few swimming around e-bay and other streetwear hotbeds. Nab one now, and flip it for more, in case the album flops.
The old geezers behind the mahogany desks at the cob-webbed old record labels are surely dumbfounded by a few things regarding Wale:
The cooler-than-thou boutiques on Fairfax fall to their knees and jam as many $50 t-shirts into a bag as they can, while making their interns (what kind of retail store has interns) mop the saliva which pours from their mouths. AND HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE AN ALBUM OUT YET.
He’s designed a highly sought-after New Era Cap (I’m selling one here). AND HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE AN ALBUM OUT YET.
Wale is now dropping his 3rd free mixtape, yet he’s already graced magazine covers and feature stories in pubs like URB, XXL and The Fader. AND HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE AN ALBUM OUT YET.