Friday, November 8, 2013

Day 8 - Celebrating Hip Hop History Month 2013: Check Out My Gear

Whassup Peeps?

Using fashion to express one's self is nothing new. Fashion can be used to signify a person or a whole culture's ideology. According to The Gospel of Hip Hop, the element Street Fashion is the study and application of urban trends and styles. The Gospel also states: 

"Not only is fashion a very ancient for of communication, but our expressed consciousness was (and still is) also represented in the way in which we adorned, colored, and dressed ourselves."
Some examples of Street Fashion include LL Cool J's Kangol hats, Run-DMC's Adidas, Slick Rick's eye patch. Its not necessarily the actual clothing item itself that was important. It was how they expressed themselves while wearing them. Even something as common as a bandanna has been transformed by the Los Angeles street gangs such as the Crips and Bloods as a form of expression. 

In more recent years, urban designers such as FUBU, Karl Kani, RocaWear, and Phat Farm have captured the spirit of the Hip Hop Culture and created brands that are recognized world wide. 

Here are some pics below of the Hip Hop element Street Fashion: 

Rock Steady Crew - Photo courtesy of Stok La Blog

LL Cool J - Photo courtesy of

Run-DMC - Photo courtesy of TV Tropes

Cross Colors (As worn by TLC) - Photo courtesy of

Sean Jean (As worn by P. Diddy and Son) - Photo courtesy of

Wu Wear (As worn by Eminem) - Photo courtesy of

Ecko Unlimted - Photo courtesy of

Rocawear (As worn by Jay-Z) - Photo courtesy of


If you're interested in learning more about The Gospel of Hip Hop, The Temple of Hip Hop, and Hip Hop's elements, check out the link below at


Let's Make It Happen!!!

Mello Melanin
The Rap Beat Creator, Emcee, and Hip Hop Scholar

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