Chip has been on the grime scene for over 10 years now and is a certified vet today at the age of 27. It’s hard imagining any of the 15, 16, or 17-year-old artists that are currently popping remaining relevant 10 (or even 5…) years from now, especially considering how volatile the industry is today. If I’ve learned anything about staying power among young MCs, if you come out the gate shelling and continue developing your skillset throughout the years you can stick around and always find your way to a bag. Alright, that’s enough. This freestyle is hard and here are a few more joints you should check:
To make a long story short, we recorded an episode of Audio by Vencer NY while in Paris, the (brand new) batteries in my recorder died after an hour of recording, and the audio file is nowhere to be found… Yeah, that sucked, BUT we’re running it back in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that. In the meantime, here’s an introduction to your favorite fashion critic’s favorite fashion critic, Bibby Gregory.
Who are you?
Bibby Gregory, stylist & creative consultant.
Why does your opinion matter?
It’s informed and unbiased, based on fact, and not emotion.
When is the last time you were moved by a runway show?
Pyer Moss SS19, Celine SS19, and CDG SS19. (All for different reasons.)
What are the three biggest problems in fashion today?
0. Social Media
Are the Black September mag covers a cheap ploy or signs of a real change happening in the fashion world?
It’s not real. If the industry wanted to be diverse, we would have diversity, we wouldn’t be asking and looking for it. Fashion is built on classism, elitism, and racism.
Black Designers You Should Know: A Thread— A.B.G. (@bibbygregory) September 13, 2016
Hedi Slimane at Celine will be ______________.
Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton debut collection was ______________.
Aspiring stylists need to _______________.
Who/what are your style inspirations?
My Grandmother, Nigo, Kurt Cobain and Lil Kim.
What are three things you couldn't live without? Why?
0. Macbook Pro
0. Air Jordan 1s
0. Grandmas Vintage fur coat
My MacBook keeps me informed—I produce so much work on it. My MacBook powers where I’m going while my Air Jordan 1s remind me of where I’m from. I have a fur coat my grandmother always wore and it’s a fixture in my wardrobe. It’s a constant reminder of who she was and why I am. She was the best-dressed woman I have ever known.
Most people with good taste are young and broke.— A.B.G. (@bibbygregory) August 17, 2016
Everything about the Adidas Busenitz Pro makes sense. I remember coming across this video right as they were about to hit the market and it makes me appreciate them that much more. Dennis Busenitz is also off the chain, so I’m sure that helps too. On a separate (but not entirely unrelated) note, Adidas lowkey has the skateboarding sneaker game on smash right now, but that’s a different topic for a different day.
Palace is unapologetically European.
Kim Jones—English fashion designer and Creative Director at Dior—was recently quoted in Highsnobiety’s latest cover feature (inaccurately) claiming that anything that’s worn in the streets is streetwear.
To be clear, wearing clothes in the street does NOT qualify them as streetwear. In my opinion, which is historically correct, streetwear is fashion with street culture roots—more specifically skateboarding and other subcultures unique to urban city centers—and a splash of DIY energy. Although it has grown by leaps and bounds from it’s roots in skateboarding to a billion dollar industry, that doesn’t render the “streetwear” term/genre nonexistent. Supreme is one of the most influential brands in fashion today and not even their Louis Vuitton collaboration—with Kim Jones serving as men’s artistic director for the luxury fashion house—can erase their history as a streetwear brand.
Kim Jones also expressed his frustration with brands like UNDERCOVER by Jun Takahasi being labeled as streetwear. In his opinion, Takahashi’s work is “just good design” and should fall under the general fashion umbrella. Based on that statement, it’s clear that Kim Jones views streetwear—in the traditional sense—as something other than fashion. This is a common thought among fashion elitists. However, good design is NOT exclusive to “fashion”. Furthermore, is streetwear not a genre of fashion?!
To be honest, I’m just responding to Kim Jones’ hot take with a hot take of my own and I probably wouldn’t have felt compelled to write this if it weren’t for his really misguided definition of streetwear. I’m just curious how someone could reach such incredible heights in the fashion world, orchestrate an unprecendented collaboration with arguably the greatest streetwear brand of all time, and have such a warped perception of streetwear itself.
Alright, that’s it. No hard feelings Kim, just a confused lad here. Also, I’d love a customized Dior book tote with “BUTTERY OG” emblazoned across it. FCKWYABOY.
I sat down with Rod Rosales—founder of Sizerun Supply and OG Supreme aficionado—to talk all things streetwear, the influence skateboarding has on street style, how Supreme has been able to maintain their dominance throughout the years, inclusivity over exclusivity, how Sizerun came to be, and much more. Enjoy!
This episode was recorded live at the premier Auto Body workshop. Auto Body specializes in interactive programming and community outreach. Helping fine tune and repair the creative community, the workshop functions as an actual autobody shop by providing services that aid and upgrade local creatives on a more personable basis. Whether it’s an informative interview, an art showcase, or a cut and sew event, we aim to bring people together and provide opportunities to shine. Auto Body educates and spreads awareness to the great movements and creative outputs that are happening both locally and globally.
Franky Villani’s style reminds me how fun skateboarding can be. HIs part in the Primitive Skateboards video, Never, gave me goosebumps and made me want to hit the streets for a quick struggle sesh. The worst thing about watching skaters who make everything they do come off as effortless is attempting to skate and remembering how trash you are. You try busting something and end up with a hefty slice of humble pie. However, when you finally stick it, the sensation you feel is unrivaled.
Moral of this post: things are rarely as easy as they appear, but go do that shit and when you make it happen the feeling is amazing.
This album is a masterpiece. Everything from the instrumentation and sequencing to the album artwork and interludes make Supreme Blientele one of best hip hop albums of 2018. NO CAP. There’s no shortage of the grimy drug kingpin fashion talk that Westside Gunn is known for, but the rhyme schemes are even tighter, thus solidifying this as a classic project in his already impressive catalog.
I’ve literally been listening to the entire album on repeat—without any skips, which is impressive considering that there are 15 album cuts; 17 in total with the intro and outro—but here are a few of my favorite tracks at the moment:
“GODS Don’t Bleed” feat. Jadakiss & Benny
Go fux with this and bless your earholes.
This concept design by Lapka comprises seven components: an air quality sensor, a CO2 monitor, a light sensor, an EKG node that measures heart activity, a glucometer for glucose tracking, a breathalyzer, and a “soul” module. The modular design allows for each component to be swapped out and replaced with different tools, allowing users to customize their device based on their specific needs and update components as new technology is rolled out. I’m not a doctor, so I can only imagine how useful this tool would be, but my mind is racing with all of the endless ways modular devices could enhance the user experience.
The Eames lounge chair and ottoman epitomize comfort, luxury, and timeless design. Initially introduced in 1956, this iconic duo has remained a fixture in stylish homes and an object of desire for fiscally challenged design nerds, such as myself. With a $5,295 price tag—for the standard walnut shell variation—It's no surprise that this beautifully executed concept sneaker design by Oro-Ïto instantly won a place in my heart. Who knows how much Nike would charge for them, but I imagine they would be a limited edition release ringing in somewhere between the $200 and $300 mark. Either way, it'd be a dope opportunity to have the Eames experience for a fraction of the price. Until then, this'll have to do...
Dieter Rams’ T3 transistor radio and Apple’s first iPod.
Putting your raw denim in the freezer does NOT kill bacteria. It’s a cool theory, but the truth is there’s no way the freezer at your house is capable of reaching the temperature needed to kill bacteria; approximately -80 degrees Fahrenheit. Your jeans might smell slightly fresher right when you take them out the freezer, but as soon as they heat up it’s back to Stinksville again my friend. The moral of this message is that you’re much better off washing your jeans when they start to smell. You won’t ruin the denim, in fact, washing your jeans keeps them nice and healthy.