Man vs. Procrastination

What really makes us procrastinate? Is it laziness? Are we too busy thinking we’re too busy, when really we’re not? Have we lost interest in blogging?

I mean don’t get me wrong, blogging is amazeballs, but I just can’t seem to think of what to blog about next. Yes, my blog is about fashion and hip-hop, and yes it’s everywhere so I should be posting all the time, but to be honest it’s not easy.

So I’ve decided to just blog about anything, where ever the wind blows. Whether it be TV, film etc, I’m just going to blog.

🙂

Hip-Hop V Fashion

What’s the difference between hip-hop and fashion?

…Well, there isn’t one now.

Over the years, we have been introduced to many hip-hop artists with different styles, trends and flavours. They are the ones who have successfully merged fashion and hip-hop together. But will it still be the same over the next few years?

I asked a few people at my university what they thought about this.

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Twitter: @x_damionjr

Name: Damion

Age: 19

Location: London

How do you think hip-hop has changed fashion?

“Celebrities treat fashion like it’s a conspiracy. So if you’re not wearing what they’re wearing, you don’t fit into their society.”

 

 

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Twitter: @stephfunkyfresh

Name: Naomi

Age: 20

Location: London

How do you think hip-hop has changed fashion?

“I think that hip-hop now compared to back in the day has changed the whole fashion scene in a big way as opposed to wearing baggy clothes, and now we have skinny jeans and leather looks with long t-shirts. You can relate this back to the first black rapper ever to appear on the cover of Vogue.”

*For those who don’t know, the first rapper was A$AP Rocky.

 

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Twitter: @teetee_x

Name: Telita

Age: 20

Location: Central London

Why do you think hip-hop fashion has become increasingly popular?

“I would say it’s down to the popularity of the public, for example, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky have an influence on certain social groups who tend to follow their style and trends.”

Do you think urban fashion will stay popular in the next 10 years and why?

“It probably won’t last the whole duration of the 10 years because fashion trends always change, however, it will come back in many years to come as a society that recycles old trends.”

What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to hit me up with a comment 🙂

Chuck Taylor: Rise of the Converses

They can be worn clean or dirty. I prefer mine clean.

IMAG0389-1Converses have been around for ages and that’s all because of one man…Mr Marquis Mills Converse. He da man!

The All Star Revolution

It all began when the Converse company designed footwear specifically for netball and football players back in the 1910s. Charles (Chuck) Taylor started wearing them in his basketball matches in 1917. He then became a salesman for the company where he improved the shoe’s design. 1923, after Chuck Taylor made improvements to the shoe, then, in the 1930s it was re-branded to Chuck Taylor All Stars where the company decided to incorporate his name onto the ankle patches that displayed the Converse All Star logo, however no commissions were made after lending his name to the company.

Back in the days, the shoe had three main styles – a monochromatic shoe with a black canvas upper and black rubber soles, an all white shoe with blue and red trim, and an all black leather and rubber shoe. The shoe was redesigned again after World War II where they added toe guards, laces and outer wraps white, which transformed into the iconic black and white Converse All Stars of today.

Now, Converses come in a variety of colors, styles, prints and fabrics. You can even design your own!

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Converse in Hip-Hop

Drake wears them. Lil Wayne wears them. Even Jay Z wears them.

But no one can ever rock Converses the way Wiz Khalifa does.

The hip-hop star was soo obsessed with the famous footwear that he now has his own collection called… (wait for it)… “Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa” collection – how original. The collection features 12 new styles which represents the artist’s rebellious style. 

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However, his love for the brand doesn’t stop there. He even has his own record label called Taylor Gang Records. This includes the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Chevy Woods and Project Pat…. yeah, I’ve never heard of these people either. In a couple of his songs he does reference Converses, “Gucci, Chuck Tays, I don’t f*** with no Prada” – Shame (2009). I see he’s been doing a little name dropping there too!

So there you have it. Converses are everywhere! And I’ve now declared them one of my favourite pair of shoes, because they go with everything and anything, and they’re soooo comfy. The downside is, they’re not the best winter wear….I learnt that the hard way.

 

Why don’t you check out the new Wiz Khalifa collection and tell me what you think.

Designers get the rap of approval

Versace. Tom Ford. Gucci. What do they all have in common? Well, apart from them being one of the most recognised fashion brands in the world, they’ve all been given the recognition they deserve…in rap songs. Drake, Jay Z and others have taken to the mic to appreciate the work of these well known designers, but is name dropping really necessary? Yes, it actually is. After Tom Ford was released, it became one of the most searched name on search engines since it’s release in August 2013, however, it seems that there wasn’t much of an increase in sales, which is actually kind of sad.

Repetitious Rapping

Name dropping isn’t a recent occurrence; it all started back when Run DMC were rocking Adidas, they even made a song called “My Adidas” – so original. After that, you can say it became quite a trend to name drop, take ASAP Rocky’s new hit Fashion Killa, you can just tell that this song will involve some major name dropping. “She got a lotta Prada, that Dolce and Gabana. I can’t forget Escada and that Balenciaga” (Rocky, 2013).

Sometimes I do wonder if they will ever get bored of rapping about designers, or if they will even run out of designers to rap about. They’re basically boasting about being able to afford all these expensive things, saying “ey look at me, I’m rich”. But I guess if it’s bringing in the money and the appreciation from fans, why not do it? 

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

How is hip-hop affecting fashion?

As you look around, London is buzzing with hip-hop fashion; it’s so hard not to see a fresh-faced boy or girl dressed in the latest fashion. Could this be because of our current hip-hop stars?

Take Jay Z for example, who has clearly influenced others into buying Frank&Jan’s ‘Blame Society’ tee he was seen rocking. I mean who wouldn’t want to been seen wearing the same t-shirt as the king of hip-hop. And also Rihanna who has just recently launched her River Island collection.

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Originating from the streets of New York in the late 70s, the urban fashion scene has definitely changed the fashion industry and especially our culture. Lycra body suits and cut denim shorts are also back in fashion thanks to female rap duo Salt-n-Pepa.

The way we see fashion is forever changing, but what is next for hip-hop fashion?

Stay tuned for part 2.