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African Medallion

African Medallion
Hip Hop has always had its fashion intertwined with the culture. With great emcees like Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Clan and Public Enemy were bringing conscious movement of political, soulful, and a self-expression. These led to Hip Hoppers embracing the blended history of African culture and style. Often times, these emcees would merge the color’s and imagery but the signature look was the African Medallion. This medallion was a woven leather necklace with the continent of Africa cut out and had a range of colors mostly red, green and yellow for the nation! Gold chains were often ditched and people would wear African Medallion from neighborhood to neighborhood. The dashiki, an African prints also increase in Hip Hop and you started to see more of an African influence in Hip Hop fashion. Although, the symbol have evolved from a stitched leather medallion to very classy and elegant gold designer piece to wooden hand carved collection’s on a chain. The original African Medallion pieces have long set a statement and awareness for the legacy in the culture.

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