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Oprah Interviews Ralph Lauren

Oprah conducted the first televised interview with Ralph Lauren in 20 years. Yep, O chopped it up with the man born Ralph Lifshitz (in the Bronx!), creator of the ultimate lifestyle brand that bears his name and whose wears and apparel have been co-opted and flipped by a legion of freshly dipped Hip-Hop heads. A fave quote from the interview, posted at Oprah.com:

I didn’t have a vision as in, This is where I’m going. I had a vision as in, ‘This is what I love to do.’ The ties, as simple as they were, looked very different from other ties. They were wide and unusual. I never said to myself, ‘I’m going to be the greatest.’ I just wanted to do my own thing. I’d worked for a tie company, and I said, ‘Can we do this kind of tie? I think we could sell them in New York.’ This older guy who ran the company said, ‘No—the world is not ready for Ralph Lauren.‘”

Will post a rip of the new interview—it aired yesterday (May 18)—if and when it is available, but there are clips from the episode on Oprah’s site including a tour the Double RL ranch.

Aspiration leads to inspiration. Right DP?

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May 19, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, News | , , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: Thirstin Howl the 3rd f/ Professor X “What It Iz Brother Lo?”

The maestro of all Lo Life and Polo lifestyle purveyors Thirstin’ Howl the 3rd drops “What It Iz Brother Lo,” the lead single from his upcoming Natural Born Skiller album. The voice of the late Professor X (aka The Overseer) of X-Clan adds a nice, commanding touch to the Anger Bangers produced track. Props to the ever aspirational Dallas Penn with the alley-oop.

Below, Thirstin’s vid called “How Lo Can You Go?” where he shows off some ill ‘Lo accessories that you wish you had in your collection. ‘Lo chapstick for the win.

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January 1, 2011 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bury Me With the ‘Lo On: Polo RL01 Bear Sweater


Put the word out that I was in pursuit of a bear knit and my brother from another Vaughn C aka Mr. Caldon, a certified Polo lifestyle delegate, made it happen. An official piece for the collection.

Am I the only one that feels a ways Ralph Lauren currently only makes Bear sweaters in boy and girl sizes?

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November 5, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Random | , , , , | 2 Comments

The ‘Lo Lifestyle x Vintage Hip-Hop Videos

Taz best not give out his address…

“When I go bury me with the ‘Lo on.”—Raekwon “Iron Maiden” (Ghostface Killah’s Ironman)

The homie Dallas Penn dropped a post last week regarding Vado and his suspect Polo homage “Polo” [side note: dallaspenn.com is down and according to DP he is currently “unemployed by the internets,” this must be corrected, stat.]. I gotta agree with DP’s sentiment, I can’t rock with cats shilling for ‘Lo in rhyme form when you can tell the appreciation for the nuance of the Polo lifestyle just isn’t there. Really, any MC suddenly repping like they’re serious ‘Lo heads reeks of gimmickry unless they’re certified ‘Lo connossieurs; like say Thirstin Howl III, Meyhem Lauren or that kid Shakespeare the Great. ‘Nuff respect due to official Lo Life members past and present too.

But the point of my post is that I was reminded of a couple of OG Hip-Hop videos that truly repped the ‘Lo lifestyle: Zhigge’s “Rakin’ in the Dough” and “Toss It Up” (both produced by Salaam Remi) as well as KRS-1’s “Outta Here” (produced by DJ Premier). A special nod must be given to Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” because—as the homie Rob Markman pointed out—Raekwon rocking the Snow Beach Polo jacket was truly epic.

I’m not going to even front like my ‘Lo pieces are that hardbody—I do got a few gems in the stash, though—but I’m an appreciator of the lifestyle. There’s something to be said when ‘Lo heads check each other’s gear and give appreciative head nods—pause—out of respect. It’s a mutual understanding that hearkens back to an era when the quality of your gear was first and foremost (think: Coca-Cola gear, North Face shells with Gore-Tex, Vasque boots, etc.). Pandering to the Hip-Hop generation with baggy cuts and too loud logos? Nah, hold that. We’ll keep gravitating to fly fashion that probably wasn’t intended for us to begin with, flip it, and have the establishment racing to catch up. It’s the Hip-Hop way.

And I’ll always have more ‘Lo than my bro-hims Vaughn C and DJ Maestro, mentally.

Zhigge “Toss It Up” Quality (image wise) of the vid is wack but (Added a better version) some classic pieces are seen in there.


Zhigge “Rakin’ In the Dough” – “…but did you know, the mall was closed/So I spin into Macy’s and get some Guess and Polo…” True.

Had to add the “Uptown Bounce” version, which is better quality anyway.

KRS-One “Outta Here” – Sun (sic) with the green rugby was winning.

Wu-Tang Clan “Can It Be All So Simple”

BONUS

Grand Puba Ft Mary J Blige – “Whats The 411 (Live)” – “Polo the top gear…” raps Puba. The Alpine Polo rugby is timeless. Mary J’s Cross Colours outfit, not so much.

The Baby Polo Mansion Pt. 1 – When your pops is Thirstin Howl III your Polo game is proper since birth, literally.

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, Rare Joints | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments