Light Culture podcast hosted “How Did Hip Hop Find A Home In Fashion?”earlier this week with surprise guest April Walker, an unsung fashion icon whose first clients were Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur and is the founder of Walker Wear Founder. Walker was joined by hip hop historian and musical legend Fab 5 Freddy, The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion film producer Lisa Cortés, and Zoo York co-founder Eli Morgan Gesner.
The show highlighted the hip hop scene for both Los Angeles and New York in the 1980s, rooted in music, hip hop, skate, and fashion. Hosted by Paper Magazine Founder David Hershkovits and produced by Vancouver-based retailer Burb, the discussion with cultural tastemakers was held via Zoom with special guests and a live audience including NBA star and activist Al Harrington and celebrity stylist Avon Dorsey.
The show examines the collision of rap and skate culture, how Cortes brokered Run DMC’s first Adidas deal and Walker and Misa Hylton contributions to culture spreading the visual culture that is integral to the entire hip hop legacy.
“April Walker is like the Coco Chanel of this hip hop, urban fashion shit. Don’t get it twisted, goddamn it. Walker Wear, shit,” Fab Five Freddy explains.
Listen to the episode here.