Thursday, September 20, 2007

Chillin' Out, Maxin', Relaxin' All Cool

The youthful attire in our neighborhood has typically run toward a stripped down hip-hop uniform—giant white or black tees, ultra-baggy jeans or khakis. In the past year, though, prep has swept through, and it's now common to see kids in bright pastels and madras shorts.

But nothing prepared us for the spectacle we witnessed the other day—two guys strolling by in tapered jeans, neon shirts, and straight-up Kid 'N Play flat-top fades.* The neighbor-kid muttered something about the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". We gawked in silence.

I'd have sworn they'd just fallen out of the bottom the spaceship that abducted them twenty years ago, yet they knew where they were going and seemed unfazed by the sleek cars and rounded hair-dos of this modern world. Strange business...

* You can throw on some retro-clothes for a costume party, but the haircuts...?


  1. That Kid 'n Play video pretty much made my day. Thanks

  2. Yeah, it's pretty good, huh?

  3. I know that it is said that if you wait long enough, everything will come back into style...

    But the flat-top fade? Seriously???

    If find this simultaneously thrilling and repellent...
    and I think my tummy hurts a little now.

  4. Anonymous7:46 PM

    posted 1 December 2007
    I talked to a fine young man the other day, who happened to look like he just walked out of a Run DMC video. We got to talking about this whole retro look. Apparently, while we weren't looking, an entire generation has aged into young adulthood since the birth of hip-hop & rap, and they are taking a fierce liking to the inception phase of it all, including the prevalent styles of the '80s (even, ugh, flourescence). As well, they're into skateboarding and BMX biking.

    I got a couple of music recommendations from this chat: The Cool Kids from Chicago (also check out a song called '88 if you liked that one), and The Pack from the Bay Area.

    That's something on the whole throwback look...but Kid 'n Play? That is still a mystery.