Saturday, August 23, 2008
For the Love of the FuZz: Ghostface and Raekwon
Like I said, everybody's favorite Fly dust heads!!!! I'll say the whole Wu-tang have had a monumental impact on hip-hop fashion. Keeping true to the hood, they had a knack for turning nothing into something. However, it was Raekwon and Ghost who took style to the limit. It was funny how they went from being gritty grimey hardcore thugs from Staton Island, to being fly and flashy. I guess thats what money does!!! To me even though Ghost and Rae were tight, I feel as far as the clothes went, they both were secretly in competition. Even though it was Ghost who did the skit on Rae's album only built for cuban linxs, where he had visions about dying Wallabbes. But at one point Rae was known as the Best Dressed member of Wu-tang. He masterd the art of hood casual but still kept it rugged and raw. I'll never forget in the triumph joint he hit em with the sweater vest game. He even hit em in 99 in the outkast joint with the fitted, a sweater vest, Sweatpants, and kicks. But i'm ahead of myself. Both Raekwn and Ghost showed the world their stylistic capability og Wu-tang hit "so simple then" and "Criminalogy" where they killed an abundance of Tommy Hilfiger and Polo!!! And thats what you got to love about 94, 95, and the 96 era. Hood dudes were making preppy brands gutter.Then by the time they brought Wu-Wear into the fold, you couldn't stop it!!! Now that I think about it, it was hard to say who had the harder style out of them both. Cause on the low Raekwon was in high demand a lot of these rappers albums. I remember he was on the track with tash from the liks rockin the sick Iceberg Sweater vest with a sick cartoon dog on it(no it wasn't pluto or snoppy!!!). Then lets not forget how he killed the game with the Iceberg Snoopy joint with the sweat pants with one pants leg hitched up in Fatjoe's John Blaze. To me the flyest video he ever did was "live from New York". Sick jean suits, Fendi Scarf with the matchin ski hat, Louis Vuitton jumper!!!! Then nobody knows this but Raeknown was the first to wear Aeropostal. He just couldn't pronounce it right lol! He rapped about it on Cappadonna album. Then freaked and Aerospostal long sleeve T-shirt in the Frozen video with slick rick. He had a grey and navy blue long sleeve joint with navy blue jean shorts and tan timbs with a navy bandanna on his head. There was nothin like it. But also in 99, Ghost was killin em in his neverr realeased Song "mighty healthy" where he Rocked the imfamouse Tide Jacket with Teal blue kicks and a Gold chain with the Jesus Peice. Then he he was stuntin hard with the Kangols and the Jamaican hats in the Bobby Digital joint in 99. But he went for the jugular vain in "Apollo Kids" where he rocked Lavish Bathrobs, Fur Coats, Coogi Sweaters, Timbs, a sick Iceberg Sweaters!!! It took everything that was hot around 2000 and multilpied it times a million. Then by the time Ghost dropped "Chere che la Ghostface" that nigga was straight showin off. He had the sick Red White and blue bathrob with the red Iceberg pink panther T, navy blue jeans and boots. Then killed em with an apple green fur and a apple green coogi sweater. Then theres the Jean suit with the studs and the Platinum Fubu Sweater that ain't come out til next year at the pool. Then Ghost had the sickest tan fur in the dark Room. But for real, any man who goes as hard as Gostface to kill the Wonder woman Gold eagle arm join, with the Versace dinner peice on his kneck is wild insane. Yo to be real when Ghost got those two joints made, he didn't even have to dress hard anymore. Theose joints spoke for themselves. But Ghost went hard with the Fur Coat game in the remix to Special Delivery!!! OOOOOOO MmmmmmmmmmmYYYYYYYYYYY GGOOOOSSSSSHHH!!!! He stepped out with the Pure white Mink joint to the floor and killed the joint. Yo he made diddy lookin like a small fry(even though diddy was killin the black leather suit tryin carry Ghost's chain!!!). I can go on for days about these two. But the livest photo of any of them is this one up top with Raekwon dipped down in Gucci. Its been 10 years since he took that pic for the source or xxl(I forgot which one, I used to have the mag). Its befor Kanye and Pharrell. Its straight Hood Luxery at its best. Its even befor straight men were rocking Luxery hand bags. Raekwon used to actually Rhyme about Gucci Mocks with no socks on. That photo to me said it. It was needed for the growth of hip-hop fashion. People can refute me all they want. But look where we are now. it paved the way for Kanye to Rock Gucci loafers. And he's a product of the Wu era. Can it be that it was all so simple then!!