A time honored tradition of the Hip-Hop lifestyle, is style itself. From the Timbs and bubble vest of NYC, to the Khaki shorts and POLO shirts of the south, to the creased out jeans and ‘colors’ of the west coast all virtues start at the mecca of style…the Barber Shop.
Though seemingly basic, a fresh haircut is the one most important and universal aspect of even beginning to have style.
Embedded in the earliest memories of most young men, the Barber Shop has been the place where your first glimpse into manhood started.
From your first visit, where everyone called you ‘Lil Man’, to you pointing to the poster trying to get the crazy lines all through your head, just to have your parent say “take a lil off the top, and fade the rest”, to you over hearing stories of blow jobs and back shots even before you actually knew what they were. The barbers did much more than just cut hair. They were styling coaches, counselors, love doctors, news anchors, and anything else that you needed.
Some characteristics of a good Shop are; they are next to a corner store, a fried chicken joint, or a Chinese food restaurant. The front door is open and no matter how busy it is, there is a barber smokeing a Newport, someone is selling bootleg anythings, and plenty of SHIT talking!!
The Barber shop…just one if the cornerstones of being a young man in Hip-hop. Keep the memories pure and alive. DO NOT bring a woman or significant other to the shop at any time!! It has been, will be and is a designated man cave.. respect that.. and shout out to the single mothers, who continue to bring young men to the shops to get a true upbringing..and don’t forget to tip your Barber, they work hard for that money… This is Hip-Hop