Call them Kleptomaniacs or Robin Hoods, the Lo-Lifes influence on the hip-hop and rap game has been well-documented– they defined New York City streetwear in the 90′s, an era from which a lot of contemporary streetwear is derived in some form or another. The vestiges of the Lo-Lives movement can still be found, whether it’s in the form of a blogging Lo-representative or one of today’s most popular streetwear brands recreating an entire collection based on a Lo collection.
Skilligan’s Island (Landscape, 2002) was probably Thirstin Howl The 3rd’s (get it?) most famous record. Thirstin was a founding member of the Lo-Lifes, along with Rack-Lo and a couple others with whom I’m not familiar. Skilligan’s Island is marked by appearances from Lifestylers as well as a key guest spot from Eminem on “Watch Deez,” a sinister cut that contrasts two technically opposed but similarly warped emcees. Clutch and I have only ever met Rack-Lo, who came to Providence dipped out along with Sean P and Sadat X for a concert two winters ago. Major shouts due to Pistol Pone and Jap for making that happen! Hit the skip for the the Lo-Life documentary trailer, plus a few other Lo-related goodies.
Rack-Lo Interview with Vice (make sure you read the comments!)
BEEN Had Lo (think KanYe made Lo fashionable?)