I have so many things to say about these two Pelle Pelle t-shirts and so little space.
It all goes back to that Boogie Down Productions joint titled “The Bridge is over”. Intentionally recorded to diss Queensbridge very own MC Shan and Marley Marl, this track with time contributed to spark a whole generation of first class MCs that include Capone ‘N’ Noreaga, Cormega, Tragedy Khadafi but two names above the rest of them made the borough of Queens shine bright: Nas and Mobb Deep.
Nasty Nas was its name at the very beginning. This gifted kid was a prolific MC that conquered the world with his lyrics that were like a vocal picture of its New York state of mind. With a production team made of all stars such as L.E.S, Pete Rock, Ummah and DJ Premier its first album Illmatic in 1987 got 5 mics on The Source Magazine. The highest rate of evaluation on the most respected hip hop magazine back then made Nas a household name when the topic of discussion was Queensbridge.
A similar thing happened to a duo composed by Prodigy and Havoc known by the name of Mobb Deep: beside their debut album Juvenile Hell dropped in 1993 their global success comes from The Infamous, an album telling vivid tales of street life through a monotone yet addictive vocal flow that inspired endless other hip hop acts.
Pelle Pelle has crazy love for the original MCs that gave birth to this movement called hip hop. This is why you have Nasty Nas t-shirt with a quote where he makes mention of the brand available now. Same for the H.N.I.C. R.I.P. tee where the acronym stands for Highest Ni**a In Charge (Prodigy solo album) Rest In Peace, portraying Albert Johnson aka Prodigy in full effect before he left us in 2017.
Time to give some love back to Pelle Pelle for all this: go browse Pelle Pelle website and buy online these tees to prove that the bridge is all but over…
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