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Last year, 2 Chainz hit the jackpot when he released a collection of ‘Dabbin’ Santa’ Christmas sweaters. The idea earned the College Park native an unbelievable $2 million in just a few months. Now, hip-hop legend, Nasir Jones, intends on taking that idea to the next level while also sending a revolutionary message with his Hstry Clothing line.
Hstry Clothing, Nas’ apparel brand, has released three colorways of his new “kneeling Santa” Christmas sweaters. The artwork for the sweaters very obviously draws its inspiration from the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick who has been kneeling during the pledge of allegiance in protest of America’s overall oppression of minorities.
The sweaters are being sold for $45 and a share of the proceeds from sales will be going to The Center for Court Innovation. This organization helps create a more effective and humane justice system by designing and implementing new operating programs, conducting research, and providing reformers with the tools they need while also improving public trust in the justice system. Hopefully Nas has as good a run as 2 Chainz did last year. Nonetheless, he’s continuing to do his thing for the culture in the positive way he always has.
Visit hstryclothing.com to check out the collection
written by Devin Robinson Jr.
After about 18 years of relative dormancy, ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ is back in regular day to day hip-hop conversation again. In fact, they aren’t just vaguely relevant for the moment. With their album, ‘We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ reaching number one on the Billboard charts and achieving the third-highest first-week sales of 2016, they’re steamrolling right through the music marketplace. Believe it or not, though, they aren’t finished yet.
On Saturday November 19, New York City commemorated the ‘Five-Foot Assassin’ by co-naming a block in the Saint Albans neighborhood of Queens “Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way”. Before the unveiling of the street sign, Phife’s widow, Desha Taylor, shared via press interview that her late husband had finished recording a new solo album before he passed. During the interview she stated,
“His solo album will be out probably sometime during the first quarter of 2017. We’re working on it now… He completed his entire solo album before he transitioned, so we’re excited about releasing that.”
Unfortunately, Phife seemingly had a lot more to say before his life abruptly ended, but on the bright side, there is no shortage of people willing to listen to what he was able to finish. Don’t believe me? It’s been nearly 20 years since ATCQ’s last number one album. That is the longest stretch between number one albums for a hip-hop act in the history of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The next longest stretch – only 8 years.
written by Devin Robinson Jr.