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Keffiyeh Scarves

Posted in People, Things with tags , , , , on March 29, 2009 by kat3000

2752789551_c3c01bbd26 Commonly referred to as the “Houndstooth Desert Scarf” “arabic rag” or “the Arafat scarf” (not at all offensive), the Keffiyeh scarf has proven itself to be multi-functional within the Hip-Hop community. Rappers often wear the scarves to align themselves with political statements that they may or not be aware of. The signature “red is for the revolution” color, implies that not only is the rapper into the revolution, he’s into the Arabic version of it, which in the mind of most middle Americans means a Jihad. Not too many rappers know what a Jihad really is nor would they even know what to do in one, but the idea that they might partake in it is reason enough to wear the scarf. For rappers who understand the potential political undertones associated with a Keffiyeh scarf, they wear it as a means of appearing sophisticated and gentlemanly. This version of the scarf is usually worn in the black and white pattern – hence the nuvo-titling of Houndstooth Desert Scarf. Finally, as the scarf trickled down to the Hipster Rap movement, it just began to serve as a means of neck warmth in the crispy Brooklyn weather…available in pink and purple.

Louis Vuitton

Posted in People, Things with tags , , , , on November 17, 2008 by kat3000

mrpharrellDespite the extravagant cost per item, Louis Vuitton has become the desired designer for Hip-Hop artists and well off afficionados. While suitable bootleggs are available, rarely are they called upon since the real versions are clearly defined status symbols. Signature Louis Vuitton items sported by many Hip-Hop artists include the backpack by Kanye West, the pashmina by Jay-Z (around the neck) and Jim Jones (around the head) and the sunglasses by Pharrell Williams. For women, the obvious accessory is the Louis Vuitton purse (usually the Speedy collection), as proudly donned by character Sid Shaw in the Hip-Hop flick Brownsugar.

Retiring From “the game”

Posted in People with tags , , , , on November 13, 2008 by kat3000

too-hortOnce a Hip-Hop artist has reached an acceptable level of fame, the next appropriate step is threatening to retire. In interviews, the Hip-Hop artist will gush about retirement, mention the “next of kin” in songs, and even throw themselves a party. Then they pop up on some songs by other artists, show up at another artist’s concert, and before you know it are releasing another album. The champion of retirement/un-retirement is Too $hort. However, other culprits include Jay-Z and most recently, Lupe Fiasco.

Indian Music Samples

Posted in People, Things with tags , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2008 by kat3000

__bhangra_in_the_burgh_dsc_9919_color_webWhile it can be argued that the first instance of Indian sampling was on Eric B & Rakim’s “Paid in Full (Coldcut Remix)”, that sample actually came from Hebrew artist Ofra Haza’s “Im Nin ‘Alu”. Hip-Hop’s fascination with the sounds of Southeast Asia as of recently came from DJ Quik’s sampling of Lata Mangeshkar’s “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai” for short-lived R&B artist Truth Hurts’ song “Addictive” (featuring Rakim). Songs that followed include Timbaland’s “Indian Flute” (featuring Magoo), Eric Sermon’s “React” (featuring Redman), and NY rapper PackFM’s “Stomp”. Indian MCs have also experienced some Hip-Hop shine, with Punjabi MC’s “Mundian To Bach Ke (Beware of the Boys)” and its refix featuring Jay-Z.