When it comes to our favorite attire,
many of us can describe our style,
the brands of clothing we prefer and
Given this I dare to venture down a
path to better understand why we chose
brands we do.
Undoubtedly hip-hop heavily influences
the urban dress attire and has been
doing so since its birth in the late
Back in the day when everything was “All
so simple,” people wore suede pumas
with the matching tracksuit and a furry
Kangol. Respectively it was the same
with Adidas. Now things have gotten a
little bit more complicated and interesting.
As the 1990’s came under way several
hip-hop icons began to introduce their
own clothing lines. Such icons were Russell
Simmons, who introduced Phat Farm in
1995. Following his precedence was Jay-Z
with Rocawear, and Sean Combs with Sean
Other persons who have influenced hip-hop
culture have introduced clothing lines,
however these are the individuals who
somewhat revolutionized the clothing
industry due to the impact that their
designs and ingenuity had on the public.
In 2004 we can expect to see much more
from these fashion lords. Over the
years designers “came and went” out
of the urban arena. In the mid 1990’s
you could find somebody on every street
corner, in every classroom, or on public
transportation sporting a plaid or
solid button down.
The professional look seems to have
been abandoned, and hoodies have replaced
the button downs, the polos, and the
rugby’s. Sometimes I feel that
my outfit is incomplete without a hoodie
of some kind that is accompanied by
a matching hat.
One thing I have learned to do is to
dress for the occasion. We all know
what this means; therefore it does
not need further explanation.
Everybody has their reasons for wearing
the labels they do, for instance I
wear the labels of hip-hop icons because
it’s fashionable, at times affordable,
and to prove false the misconceptions
of the people who do wear the clothes.
Moreover, subconsciously I assume that
my money is going back into the community
by making my purchase. Although there
may or may not be truth to that theory,
I seem to think there is. One label
that I cannot seem to associate myself
with is that of State Property, manufactured
When I think about State Property I
think of prison inmates, people that
never see the streets again because
they belong to the state.
State Property is fashionably loud,
however the name sticks out and that
people are attracted to it. In addition
the concealed pockets are persuasive.
A few generations ago as African Americans
were born we became State Property.
The irony of it all is that people
are naïve about wearing the label.
If they only knew the seriousness of
the matter they may look at their actions
from new perspective.
Regardless of my thoughts on the clothing
line it has been successful. Beanie
Siegal, head of the State Property
clique, which is composed of himself
the Young Guns, Oschino& Sparks,
and Peedi Crakk, introduced the line.
Since “Beans” is so well
known and respected in both Philly and
the international hip hop community it
is evitable that his clothing line would
have been successful based on his credibility
With that in mind, why would anybody
want their people to bear the label
of being State Property?
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