Supreme continues to drop goods from its SS16 season with new pieces done in collaboration with legendary reggae musician Barrington Levy and influential Brooklyn-based record label Jah Life.
Providing more information around the project, Supreme related the following:
In 1979, upstart New York reggae producer and Jamaican transplant Hyman “Jah Life” Wright began a prolific partnership with another fledgling producer, Henry “Junjo” Lawes, in reggae’s epicenter of Kingston, Jamaica. Lawes had just produced a single called “Collie Weed” with a teenaged vocalist named Barrington Levy nicknamed the “Mellow Canary” for his high sweet singing style. Based off that single, Wright and Lawes ran sessions which yielded the first three albums by Levy. Released between 1979 and 1980, those albums— “Bounty Hunter”, “Englishman” and “Robin Hood” became standard bearers for the emerging dancehall reggae sound, which fast became the dominant popular style in reggae music. These records quickly took Levy from up-and-coming to young superstar, catapulting him onto the world stage. Barrington and Jah Life would continue to work together through the 1980’s producing massive hits such as Levy’s iconic “Murderer.” The fact that “Murderer” and many other hits were being produced entirely in New York City broke boundaries in Jamaican music, showing that top quality reggae no longer had to be made exclusively in Jamaica.
Together, the three infused streetwear staples with original artwork. Overall, we’re treated to a hoodie, three tees and a tank top, each bearing colorful artwork reminiscent of the bygone era.
You can look for the three-way collaboration to drop on June 16 in NY, LA, London and Paris, as well as each store’s accompanying online profile. Those of us in Japan can look forward to the release on June 18.
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