LIFE + TIMES Profiles Harlem Legend DAPPER DAN

With his eponymous store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s by co-opting luxury branding from the likes of Louis Vuitton and MCM and designing original menswear with high-end detail—including exquisite leathers, furs, and skins. First drawing neighborhood hustlers and friends, Dan eventually outfitted rappers and other celebs of the time, such as Eric B & Rakim, and  Mike Tyson, to name a few. Now, nearly thirty years after entering the clothing game, Dan is plotting his return to the public eye. The reclusive designer recently sat down with Life +Times to discuss his career—alongside childhood friend Pee Wee Kirkland—retracing Harlem history in the process. For more information about Dapper Dan, visit his site.  (Via…)

October 5th, 1984.

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JUELZ SANTANA x THE DIPLOMATS = ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ The Movie

The expression “It’s a movie” will soon take on a literal meaning for The Diplomats. As previously reported, Jim Jones recently told XXLMag.com his Harlem-bred crew is presently working on a film. While Jones confessed to accidentally spilling the beans prematurely and remained relatively tight-lipped about the project, Juelz Santana shared a few details with XXL, including the flick’s working title, Diplomatic Immunity.

“It’s gon’ be [about] the break up and us gettin’ back together leadin’ into the album,” Juelz told XXL. “The album is gonna be like the soundtrack to the movie. It’s just gonna be everything from [Cam’ron] meeting Biggie to him meeting me and us becoming The Diplomats.”

Don’t expect a documentary. The Dips are presently looking for a screenwriter to turn their story into a feature film. Per Cam’s request, each crew member is currently compiling a list of  their personal 20 greatest Diplomats moments they’d like to see incorporated in the movie.

“It’s gonna be a movie like the way they did Notorious,” Juelz explained. “But we’re just gonna be playin’ ourselves. That might be the first [movie] where we get to play ourselves instead of havin’ people. We’ll do it when we’re younger, but as it gets to us we’ll really play ourselves, cut the hair off our face so we look younger and shit like that.”

“Cam might have to gain some weight from when he was big,” he continued. “Jim would have to grow his braids back, get some extensions and all that ’cause he cut his hair. We gon’ figure it out, but we gon’ do it right.”

Stay tuned to synamatiq.com for more news on The Diplomats movie as they develop.

:: JR§

 

PRINCE HARRY DEBUTS HIS “SKILLS” IN HARLEM!!

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PRINCE HARRY stops in Harlem to debut his skills at a few things besides running a Kingdom; with a beer in one hand and two dames in the other. In a quite surprising yet regal fashion, he decides to ‘battle’ a few youngsters at their games. The Daily News reports, “PRINCE HARRY was agile along with being an avid fan of Hip Hop. PRINCE HARRY even had a few verses for the audience to outline his trip to New York.”

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I’M THE BLOKE FROM YONDA THE PONDA CUZ/I TOOK A FLIGHT OVER ON THE ROYAL CONCORDA CUZ/TO ERADICATE THESE COMMONERS IN THE 09 SUMNA/TOOK A TRIP TO HARLEM TO SEE THE BROSKIS AND THEY MOTHERS/SHOULD TAKE A WALK UP THE BLOCK TO PLAY MY NUMBAS/BUT TIMES A WASTING UR BOY GOTTA POLO MATCH TO RUN TO/PLUS BEFORE I LEAVE I GOT A FEW BLONDES I’LL RUN THROUGH/

(excerpts of PRINCE HARRY spitting bars in Harlem)

2009_05_phar-thumbI heard he picked up a few SYNAMATIQ shirts while in HARLEM WORLD. HEY HARRY GOOD LOOKS MA DUDE!!!! NUFF RESPECT BLOOD, YA GET ME!! I FING YOU’RE GOOD CHAP FOR DAT…

AND FOR THE POLO FANS THAT READ SYNAMATIQ’S BLOG CLICK TO SCHEDULE YOUR PRISSY FEST.

SYNAMATIQ/RUN DMC JAPAN TOUR SHIRT

Synamatiq Summer 09-Run DMC Japan Tour

Synamatiq Summer 09-Run DMC Japan Tour Shirt

Run-D.M.C. was an influential hip hop group from Hollis, in the Queens borough of New York City. Founded by Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop. They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and are credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music.

Run DMC Japan Tour Shirt is one of our several designs lined up for the Summer of 09. The other colorways to this particular design include a black tshirt.  Recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Synamatiq thought it would be nice to pay homage to one of the DOPEST groups (RIP JAM J) in Hip-Hop History.  So we infused Run DMC with Japanese characters to create Run DMC Japanese Tour Shirt to show our respect to the group and their work.

Furthermore, the Japanese have adopted Hip-Hop as their own like many other young people around the world.  Most notably coming out of Japan is the Teriyaki Boyz.  In any event, we decided to capture these two elements to bring you a burgeoning classic…Run DMC Japanese Tour Shirt

If you do not have Synamatiq in your local store, ask for it…