The Polo Files: Buckshot, Sean Price, and Dallas Penn Talk The 'Lo-End Theory
Sean Price and Timeless Truth
Last Sunday, the Highline Ballroom hosted The 'Lo-End Theory, an event that celebrated a faction of the New York City hip-hop community's obsession with Ralph Lauren Polo clothing. Conceived by Dallas Penn, the festivities included a Polo clothing swap during the day and a series of live spots from 'Lo aficionados Roc Marciano, Sean Price, Buckshot, Meyhem Lauren, Timeless Truth and Thirstin Howl III. Flush from the night's success, we tapped up Buckshot, Sean Price and the night's architect for their Polo memories.
The Polo appeal: "Polo clothing is like trying to describe hip-hop to somebody! Polo clothing was a deeper phenomenon, it wasn't just a personal thing to me. What attracted me to Polo was their style and their cut. The way they designed their clothes was unique, it would fit, it was contoured -- it wasn't too saggy and floppy. In my neighborhood where I grew up at, Crown Heights, Polo was a big big thing. Brooklyn is the borough of Polo period. You got Brownsville, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, East New York, all of these places where they speak about Polo -- you don't hear too many Harlem cats talk about Polo the way Brooklyn cats do."
Your first piece: "I was fortunate enough to get Polo Rugby hand-me-downs from my older brother. He had a Jewish godmother and we couldn't really afford too much Polo when we was young so he gave us his Polo Rugby hand-me-downs which was like the best thing in the world 'cause all my friends thought I bought it! That was probably when I was about 13-years-old. Then at 1992 when the CP series came out, that's when I got my own. I had everything, I had hats, jackets... I just got more stuff, like the brown with the orange stripe on the bottom when that first came out in like 1993."
Where you copped Polo: "Ah, man, I got Polo all types of ways! Put it like that! Anyway that it was available for me, I got it. Most of the Polo in Brooklyn was from the Lo-Lifes -- that's where you'd get your Polo from. Those were the masters of Polo, the Lo-Lifes."
Prized Polo piece: "Lo-Lifes are more technical with it as far as knowing the value of pieces that have increased, but I still have an original pair of Polo moccasins. Right now as we speak I'm shaking the Polo Cookies boot! I don't know about pricing, but to me these aren't the new boots with the new cut, they're the original ones from 1992. The leather and the quality is incredible! You'd think that I bought them two years ago or something like that 'cause the quality is just that good."
Most iconic Polo rap video: "Thirstin Howl III has some videos with all sorts of Polo in them, but there's not a lot of people that put it out there like that. But also if you look at [Black Moon's] "Who Got The Props," my first video, a lot of people were in Polo but you can't see it like that. Only way you would notice is if you went back -- it wasn't like we was promoting Polo and jumping in front of the screen with the logo."