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C.R.E.A.M. (in my coffee)

My sister got me this illy Garment Renaissance mug for last Christmas. Matt McKinnon youse guys gotta add these pics to yer tumblr (which is the main reason why I took ‘em)…

"You Betta Ax’ Somebody…"

"Hit Me With That" by the Beatnuts – who flipped the Snoop Dogg skit sample from "Gz and Hustlas" lovely…

"The combination made my Private Eyes bleed…"
Re-imagining a legendary album in another legendary album’s stylings. Thinking about doing one for Queen’s Hot Space – just dunno who to replace them with. A Tribe Called Quest? There’s really only three of them. NWA? There’s five of them (Ren, Cube, Easy, Dre, Yella). Suggestions?

"The combination made my Private Eyes bleed…"

Re-imagining a legendary album in another legendary album’s stylings. Thinking about doing one for Queen’s Hot Space – just dunno who to replace them with. A Tribe Called Quest? There’s really only three of them. NWA? There’s five of them (Ren, Cube, Easy, Dre, Yella). Suggestions?

Ojaye S. (could’ve been part of the set of dudes with rilly cool-sounding names)
This dude was in my gym class, too. At first I thought they were calling him “O.J.” like Simpson (prior to the infamous murders). Then the yearbook came out and I was like, “Oh, word? It’s actually “Ojaye”? Cool…”
In this pic he looks kinda like a young Big Daddy Kane – who along with Kool G. Rap, often goes unmentioned when we talk about the all-time great rappers. But the fact remains that in the middle-to-new-school era, the Mount Rushmore of MCs was Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One and Kool G. Rap. Try and tell me different.
If you’re giving me votes for Kool Moe Dee I can at least hear what you’re saying. If you’re going on about Uncle L, fughedaboutit. I can accept an argument for Slick Rick, too, but that’s about alls I’ll tolerate over here…

Ojaye S. (could’ve been part of the set of dudes with rilly cool-sounding names)

This dude was in my gym class, too. At first I thought they were calling him “O.J.” like Simpson (prior to the infamous murders). Then the yearbook came out and I was like, “Oh, word? It’s actually “Ojaye”? Cool…”

In this pic he looks kinda like a young Big Daddy Kane – who along with Kool G. Rap, often goes unmentioned when we talk about the all-time great rappers. But the fact remains that in the middle-to-new-school era, the Mount Rushmore of MCs was Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One and Kool G. Rap. Try and tell me different.

If you’re giving me votes for Kool Moe Dee I can at least hear what you’re saying. If you’re going on about Uncle L, fughedaboutit. I can accept an argument for Slick Rick, too, but that’s about alls I’ll tolerate over here…

C. Paton
There’s always a smart ass or two in every grade. You know the type – fancying themselves a latter-day Ferris Bueller or something – though these days a skool-wide prank is more likely to end in jail time than a slow-clapping ovation in the cafeteria…
Still, gotta admire dude’s moxie. I don’t quite know if this is a joke picture or what, as it follows after P. Zappulla and K. Zaveri on the last page of grade 10 – and that’s not the alphabetical order I’m used to. But I can’t find the “straight” version of his picture elsewhere, so I’m going to assume the powers that be were pissed he stuck his tongue out in the skool picture and slotted him at the end of the grade in retaliation. But as far as retributions go, it’s kinda weak. In the modern era, I wonder if they’d photoshop his mouth closed with composites of other students’ mouths or something.
As an aside, I’m also grateful that dude’s picture encapsulates another common piece of 90s hi skoolery – the ubiquitous canvas World Famous backpack. You could write your favorite bands on it, draw poor representations of corporate logos (the Jordan jumpman and Nike swoosh being common ones) or scrawl other pertinent hi skool details on it. And he’s rocking it in classic one-shoulder styling.
As aside #2, there’s been this 90s Internet meme circulating (50 pictures from the 90s or something) recently that I call schenanigans on. Admittedly, the 90s were home to many terrible styles and such, but what rises to the top of popular consciousness is all too often irrelevant or insignificant. What you end up with are easy jokes and simple-minded memories. Weak, I say. As the time period that gave us the greatest hip hop and Nike sneakers of all time (I’m including re-issues here), the 90s deserve better than some bullshit cobbling of pop culture flotsam and jetsam. Okay, rant over.

C. Paton

There’s always a smart ass or two in every grade. You know the type – fancying themselves a latter-day Ferris Bueller or something – though these days a skool-wide prank is more likely to end in jail time than a slow-clapping ovation in the cafeteria…

Still, gotta admire dude’s moxie. I don’t quite know if this is a joke picture or what, as it follows after P. Zappulla and K. Zaveri on the last page of grade 10 – and that’s not the alphabetical order I’m used to. But I can’t find the “straight” version of his picture elsewhere, so I’m going to assume the powers that be were pissed he stuck his tongue out in the skool picture and slotted him at the end of the grade in retaliation. But as far as retributions go, it’s kinda weak. In the modern era, I wonder if they’d photoshop his mouth closed with composites of other students’ mouths or something.

As an aside, I’m also grateful that dude’s picture encapsulates another common piece of 90s hi skoolery – the ubiquitous canvas World Famous backpack. You could write your favorite bands on it, draw poor representations of corporate logos (the Jordan jumpman and Nike swoosh being common ones) or scrawl other pertinent hi skool details on it. And he’s rocking it in classic one-shoulder styling.

As aside #2, there’s been this 90s Internet meme circulating (50 pictures from the 90s or something) recently that I call schenanigans on. Admittedly, the 90s were home to many terrible styles and such, but what rises to the top of popular consciousness is all too often irrelevant or insignificant. What you end up with are easy jokes and simple-minded memories. Weak, I say. As the time period that gave us the greatest hip hop and Nike sneakers of all time (I’m including re-issues here), the 90s deserve better than some bullshit cobbling of pop culture flotsam and jetsam. Okay, rant over.

STEADY MOBBIN’

My favorite Ice Cube joint of all time. It’s the beat. All bow down before Average White Band samples…

V. White (1 of 3 wiggers in a row)
So in the same row of photos as our intrepid indexter-signalling Jaemie are three classic wiggers – and appropriately enough, the first dude up is V. White. I think he has the chinkiest eyes I’ve ever drawn in these joints – and squinting at the picture, I just gotta believe he’s high or something. Not judging, just observatin’…
Anyway, he’s got a classic early 90s wigger haircut, that faintly smug/vacant expression on his face – and he’s rocking overalls! Yes, it’s true – in the early 90s overalls were perfectly acceptable b-boy wear. Preferably Dickies or Carhartt, though there were plenty of lesser brands churning out these suckers (Ikeda, Buffalo, fug – remember Manager jeans!?!, etc.). One shoulder or two – it wuz all up to your personal preference. No, I didn’t have a pair – but I honestly did want ‘em. I remember Nas rockin’ a pair of Dickies overalls in a picture with Ghost, Rae and Mobb Deep during the “Eye for an Eye” session in that “photos of wuz happenin’ now” section of The Source backintheday and str8t feelin’ that Jealous One’s Envy.
A lot of my fashion envy wuz Source Magazine-generated then. I recall Sticky Fingaz rockin’ the OG 95 Air Max in one photo spread and immediately knowing I had to have a pair. Them shitz is hella played and stuff now – but they remain an impossibly dope design. Word to Sergio Lozano!

V. White (1 of 3 wiggers in a row)

So in the same row of photos as our intrepid indexter-signalling Jaemie are three classic wiggers – and appropriately enough, the first dude up is V. White. I think he has the chinkiest eyes I’ve ever drawn in these joints – and squinting at the picture, I just gotta believe he’s high or something. Not judging, just observatin’…

Anyway, he’s got a classic early 90s wigger haircut, that faintly smug/vacant expression on his face – and he’s rocking overalls! Yes, it’s true – in the early 90s overalls were perfectly acceptable b-boy wear. Preferably Dickies or Carhartt, though there were plenty of lesser brands churning out these suckers (Ikeda, Buffalo, fug – remember Manager jeans!?!, etc.). One shoulder or two – it wuz all up to your personal preference. No, I didn’t have a pair – but I honestly did want ‘em. I remember Nas rockin’ a pair of Dickies overalls in a picture with Ghost, Rae and Mobb Deep during the “Eye for an Eye” session in that “photos of wuz happenin’ now” section of The Source backintheday and str8t feelin’ that Jealous One’s Envy.

A lot of my fashion envy wuz Source Magazine-generated then. I recall Sticky Fingaz rockin’ the OG 95 Air Max in one photo spread and immediately knowing I had to have a pair. Them shitz is hella played and stuff now – but they remain an impossibly dope design. Word to Sergio Lozano!

Jaemie W.
From the pages of The Source to Rap Pages to my yearbook, this pose is B-Boy 101 – an essential and an all-time classic. In fact, I dunno this kid at all (I can call him kid cuz he wuz in grade 9 whilst I wuz in grade 11 at the time) – but as soon as I saw dude’s finger cradling his face, I knew it wuz on. Props to him for immortalizing the gesture…
In fact, I’m sure even a casual perusal of all the sports team photos will reveal at least one dude in this b-boy stance, if you will. I wonder, though – does this shit even have a name? The Chin Pointer? The Lip Cradler? The Glock Clockener? The Trigger-nometry? The Face Pointer? The Indexter? I’ll bet if I went through all my photos from hi skool til now, this pose would likely crop up in a good 33% of all of them. Dude’s thumb is hella bent back, BTW…

Jaemie W.

From the pages of The Source to Rap Pages to my yearbook, this pose is B-Boy 101 – an essential and an all-time classic. In fact, I dunno this kid at all (I can call him kid cuz he wuz in grade 9 whilst I wuz in grade 11 at the time) – but as soon as I saw dude’s finger cradling his face, I knew it wuz on. Props to him for immortalizing the gesture…

In fact, I’m sure even a casual perusal of all the sports team photos will reveal at least one dude in this b-boy stance, if you will. I wonder, though – does this shit even have a name? The Chin Pointer? The Lip Cradler? The Glock Clockener? The Trigger-nometry? The Face Pointer? The Indexter? I’ll bet if I went through all my photos from hi skool til now, this pose would likely crop up in a good 33% of all of them. Dude’s thumb is hella bent back, BTW…

Sunlight – WIO-K

Scarboro, whut!? The RT, that illy graffiti (which may or may not be there – I haven’t taken the RT in a minnit)…