Anything related to A Tribe Called Quest immediately gets my attention, so when I caught a glimpse at Denver-based Tribe Clarity’s 2013 Back To Soul Collection, I was pumped. The entire Collection pays homage to Tribe, as well as the time back when people would praise intellect instead of ignorance.
Here’s a quick glimpse of the Collection, which as of today is available for pre-order. Check out the entire thing here and then make your pre-orders via Tribe Clarity.
One of my personal favorite brands, Manifest, has just released their Lookbook for the Fall/Holiday 2012 Season. Once again, they pay tribute to quality hip-hop. The Lookbook was shot by Jesse Williams and features the great Phonte.
Goods are already selling out, so act quickly if you’re interested in grabbing anything. Orders can be made via Manifest.
The latest partnership Yellow Bird Project has made is with London musician Keaton Henson. Henson’s tee features a (possibly self-portrait) hairy creature with the phrase, “I’m sorry I won’t make your party. I’ll be busy burning.”
Proceeds of the tee go to The Teenage Cancer Trust, a UK based charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Get it for $30 via Yellow Bird Project. Scroll down to check out the video to Keaton Henson’s “Charon.”
How freaking awesome is this? You’ve probably seen this J Dilla Changed My Life tee. However, this is the first time it’s getting it’s official release. The first tee was personally made by DJ Deckstarr, who was opening for J Dilla in what would be Dilla’s last show in Germany in 2005. DJ Deckstarr wanted to take the opportunity to let Dilla know the impact that he had made on him and his music.
Since then, the shirt has popped up here and there as people have made their own versions. Now, Stones Throw and Pay Jay Productions are releasing the official J Dilla Changed My Life tee.
It’s available now for $25 via Stones Throw. Shipping date is set for October 8.
One of the latest releases from Acrylick is their Support Locals racerback tank, which is made of triblend material and is meant to motivate others to respect their local artists.
The tank is available in black, grey and indigo, all of which you can see below. The first image comes from the boutique shop, Gallery One Love Deluxe (112 Orange Street, Redlands, CA), who carry the tank in their shop.
It’s also available for $35 from Acrylick directly.
Okayplayer has dropped some new threads celebrating The Roots. You know The Roots, right? That hip-hop group that has produced quality music since 1987 while being illegally slept as uninspiring, lackluster fluff owns the radio?
If you’re a Roots fan, you’ll love these new tees, which includes Legendary Roots Crew, Mpozi (which features the first photo documenting The Roots performing), Do You Want More, Things Fall Apart and illadeph.
LISTEN‘s Push It Along tee celebrates the all-time greatest hip-hop group (not an opinion… it’s a FACT). The tee, which is inspired by the track of the same name from A Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm album, features the tribe fellas in red, yellow and green.
The latest from OBEY Awareness is a collaborative effort with Jail Guitar Doors USA, which is an organization that works to rehabilitate prisoners in America by providing them with musical instruments. Jail Guitar Doors USA was founded by musicians Wayne Kramer and Billy Bragg in an effort to give prisoners a non-confrontational means to express themselves.
The OBEY Awareness X Jail Guitar Doors USA Collection will feature two women’s tees, which can be seen below. As with all OBEY Awareness campaigns, all proceeds will go to the organization. Everything will be available on August 26.
The other day I unfortunately spent two hours of my life watching Hip Hop on Trial, which featured a debate between hip hop artists such as Questlove, Q-Tip, KRS-One and Slaughterhouse, as well as professors and social activists. The issue was whether hip hop uplifts or brings down the community.
The crew at on.us.tees may have seen the same footage, because they just dropped their Don’t Blame Hip Hop tee. They offer the design in both men’s and women’s cuts for $24 each. You can order it via on.us.tees.
We’re loving everything about budding Bay Area brand effulgence. Although they’ve been around for about two years, their latest Collection demonstrates that they are likely to be around to stay.
Check out their Lookbook below. Be sure to take note of the Polo Grounds tee, which pays tribute to the history of the San Francisco Giants, and the 3030 raglan, which is meant to mark Deltron Zero’s classic “3030” album.