TYA isn’t exactly known for their hard hitting investigative journalism but the other day I was watching the music video for Dilemma (because a friend of mine had never seen it and its awesome) and I spotted this guy:
Ok fine, so he’s rockin a phantom of the opera mask, its not like he coordinates all his outfits around mask-clothing combinations…
WTF. Who is this guy? A little hard hitting research led me to find out that his name is Slo Down and he was in Nelly’s St Lunatics Crew until they had a dispute and he went his separate mask wearing way. But while in the limelight Slo Down redefined hiphop fashion:
He even started switching it up:
I can imagine how that first conversation must have gone
Nelly: Yo man why you wearin that mask?
Slo Down: Oh…ya… I just thought I’d switch it up ya know. Nobody else in the game is doing this I thought I’d be unique
Nelly: Dude you look like Hannibal Lecter
Slo Down: Ya man that guy gets all that ladies
Nelly: No he eats all the ladies
Slo Down: That’s whats up!
Nelly: No I don’t think you…Nevermind ok wear the mask. I bet Chingy doesn’t have to put up with this shit…
And a hero is born.
I think the best part is that even after being scorned by his former crew and moving into a new century he still keeps true to style
The laughing stock of the hip hop community or a brave pioneer in the world of fashion? You be the judge.
Good luck with finals if you still got them and if you’re in Toronto over winter break lets chill