The snapback hat is not the most recent of advances in fashion technology. Cam'ron; Diddy; Fat Joe; all could rock a Kangol like a pimp on a fishing trip and the look has since passed cyclically to Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q and Gucci Mane. But while the snapback hats in queens never long been off the heads of rap's elite, it's not become a suburban fan's favourite like the beanie or the snapback - until last night.
I went to a Yung Lean show in London, spotted eight snapback hats in 30 seconds, and had to double check my ticket to see if a dress-code existed in the small-print. Like a photo album full of babies on the beach or a show-reel from VH1 Classic, the bucket was everywhere, never once leaving my eyesight.
This is the first guy I saw.
You can catch the moment where his friend turned around and caught me taking a photo. Otherwise known as, pause, man the fuck up.
I told this guy I liked his snapback hat. He replied – "Yung Lean has it, you know, the brand Shadow?" – and I shook my head. I am unversed in brands and also I'm really poor right now so if you want a portrait taken HMU, my portfolio follows below.
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