As a member of the historic Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon da Chef has been a polarizing figure in hip-hop culture since emerging in the early '90s, and has since recorded numerous solo albums, as well as continuing to work other hip-hop artists. Making an impact through his style as well with his hood New Yorker swagger, Raekwon's aesthetic consists of Polo Ralph Lauren, Timberland boots, and New Balance sneakers, which he still rocks till this day.
Complex recently caught up with the hip-hop legend and touched on a variety of topics ranging from New Balance, the return of Ralph Lauren's Snow Beach collection, which he famously popularized and more.
...on when he first got into New Balance.
R: "I been rocking New Balance. I been rocking NBs since I was 15. NB was the shoe that the OGs wore in the neighborhood. They walked down to the big park and niggas that you know is official was wearing them. Sweatpants on, coming through. They shits wasn’t tied up. This was a sneaker just to be on some chill-out shit. For us, watching the older gods, the older niggas do what they do, I was magnetized to the shoe, ‘cause it wasn’t a Nike. It was just the N. The N made it official."
...on the return of Ralph Lauren's Snow Beach collection.
R: "I heard. They shoulda called me. I felt a little bit insulted that I didn’t get a personal call. But, like I said, I want to talk to Ralph Lauren personally and tell him, “Yo, you know the boy who did those for you. Just call me. Say, ‘What up?’"
...on being in the Kith x Timberland lookbook.
R: "Yeah. That’s family right there. Shout out my boy Ronnie Fieg. He’s a guru. He’s a fashion guru. Coming from Queens, he knows how important fashion is. He called me and Ghost to come out and put in some work with him to promote that 40. I like the fact that he did 40s over, because we all like high-top boots. The high-top, you can’t go wrong."
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