CNN ‘Fresh Dressed’, Fashion In Hip-Hop Culture

FUNKY FRESH DRESSED TO IMPRESS

CNN‘s noteworthy broadcast film, Fresh Dressed, is a must watch for the fashionable and hip-hop enthusiasts alike. The documentary explores the stylistic impact of fashion within the hip-hop culture and the growth of urban fashion brands. The entrepreneurial endeavors of  Carl Thomas, the creator of Cross Colours and Karl Kani, spun the popularity of many other hip-hop labels such as FUBU and Sean John. Cross Colours, the first of many thereafter, were the epitome of the styles we love to reference now, which were displayed on shows such as In Living Color and The Fresh Prince.

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Photo Credit: CNN “Fresh Dressed”/ Will Smith in Cross Colours

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Photo Credit: Karl Kani and Aaliyah

LL Cool J’s 1999 FUBU Commercial

HIP-HOP IN FASHION

The struggle that most urban wear faced was the ever-changing direction in style of the fashion industry. But what fashion looked as a a “fad” was what the urban society looked at as culture. It’s interesting to note how the most prevalent designers made a way for their art to be seen. Explore the ups, downs and cultural influence of hip-hop fashion in CNN’s Fresh Dressed.

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What urban hip-hop brand would you love to see make a comeback?

 

Something Cool: Photographer, Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

IN THE BEGINNING….

Capturing hip-hop from its beginning phases was probably an experience like no other. Whether it was witnessed through a purchased album, a radio interview or analog photography, it’s a one time account that is unique to each person who encountered it. Janette Beckman was a witness to those beginning times and her story is told through her photography lens, having captured the movement from 1982 until 1990. Janette’s subject matter include artists such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest. Revisit the beginning of a legacy through Janette Beckman’s lens and enjoy more from her portfolio.

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

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Dig in your stash and share some of your #OldSchoolHipHop photos!

 

How Dope Was LL Cool J’s ‘Radio’ ?

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO

The other night, a friend called and asked who were the pioneers of hip-hop. I rattled off a few names including Kurtis BlowRun DMC and N.W.A, who were the pioneers of Gangster Rap. It’s ironic that this question came right at the time I’d just finished listening to LL Cool J‘s debut studio album, RadioI was introduced to LL Cool J’s “Jingling Baby” and “Mama Said Knock You Out” so having missed the time period of Radio, was the the purpose for backtracking. I also credit a hip-hop discussion thread for bringing attention to the topic. Continue reading