Music has always played a huge role in the way I dress. It's my main influence actually.These days it's more of a mood than exactly replicating stuff.
Hip hop is my primal love affair. Like a proper love affair, my relationship to hip hop is hidden, passionate and a bit obscene.
I started to listen to american hip hop in its prime time, around 94'. Hip hop was obscure and perceived as "urban" (hate that word) and "dangerous" around that time, especially in Europe.
Prepubescent kids my age were into Nirvana, Metallica, etc., and The Rugrats. I was into hip hop. And The Rugrats. This shit seems jurassic as I look back, but there was only one hip hop show on radio. Internet was a joke and those who had it were probably rich and had the resources to phone-dial that shit.
I was a middle class girl, fed up with mainstream, pointless shit (like Baywatch bods) and the only visual reference I had of hip hop was the Fresh Prince. So I begged my mom to buy me some NBA style sneakers. That shit was dope but I felt a bit out of my element.Wearing my jean jacket, my cute backpack, those huge NBA style trainers and a beanie I proudly walked into class, defying gender shit, being an uber cool girl. Or so I thought so.
I don't want to get into much detail, but my life in school that year (and in the following years) became a living nightmare. Today I don't regret it.
This up until Larry Clark's Kids came up. And suddendly, it became cool to get high, listen to hip hop and pretend you could actually skateboard. You were "urban". On and on, and you don't stop.
Miss jazz samples in hip hop.
OMNISCIENCE - I'm On Mine