How does it make you feel? Earlier in June, the musician posted to his Instagram account for the first time in two years to announce a new collection of long-sleeved graphic tees inspired by the suits, which were available for sale on his website for three days with all proceeds going to The Movement for Black Lives. Just give them the hits. It became a theme where I was more excited about this than the actual show. Six years later, in the wake of new worldwide protests against police brutality and white supremacy, they take on a new layer of political and cultural resonance, meriting an official T-shirt version. So it was fun and serious and sad and everything. But they still make sense now—they ring even truer. When does what was once relevant become prophetic? Slogan garments can become visual soundbites within anti-discrimination discourse on the posts internet—an aesthetic vernacular that favors clear, concise text.
OK, when do we hand over the cure and stop playing?
He showed up for one conversation in the lobby of the Mercer Hotel moving slowly and holding a plastic CVS bag. He had the bag on him in case he had to barf. The plan that day was to talk about his wardrobe for our photo shoot. Gone are the days of him wearing chaps and football shoulder pads—he just wants to be himself. He would wear the shirts along with his new line of signature Tretorns and the new set of gold teeth he recently had made at an Atlanta flea market. He cautiously lets you in on his oddball ideas, of which there is a steady flow.
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In addition to music and acting, Benjamin has also been an entrepreneur and an advocate for animal rights. In the spring of , he launched a clothing line called Benjamin Bixby. In , Complex included Benjamin on its list of the 10 best rappers of the s. Benjamin and Patton teamed up to form Outkast. Shortly after graduating, Outkast was signed to the Atlanta-based LaFace label and released their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik , in On their next two albums, ATLiens and Aquemini , Outkast experimented with their sound by adding elements of trip hop , soul , and jungle. The albums were also influenced by a return to traditional black music genres, with funk being the most prominent example.