Polo and Hip-Hop, an Oral History [Pt. 2]

10. 2010 – VADO and Young Dro’s Ode to ‘Lo:
With the release of his “Polo (Remix)” video, VADO introduces himself as hip-hop’s new face of Polo more than 20 years after the brand first became a part of Hip-Hop culture.

Young Dro: They was talking ‘bout who they gon’ get to get on the [“Polo (Remix)”] song. And VADO was like, “nah, you gotta go get Dro.” And that like blew my mind. I was like, “Shawty asked for me?” He was like, “Yeah, shawty asked for you.” They said they was gonna put this person on, and he was like, “Nah, don’t nobody be killin’ that shit like Dro.” So that’s how we ended up on the song.

VADO: They definitely show love. People look at me, like you said, the new face of Polo. So, I get feedback, people will go in the store and see a certain shirt multicolor or cargos or multicolor button up and be like, ‘Oh, you on your VADO shit.’ They might see the matching strap hat like, ‘Oh, that’s some Vado shit right there.’ Once you start getting them type of compliments it’s definitely a good look.

Sean Price: It was cool, it was cool. I just didn’t understand, they didn’t have Polo sticks in they hand. They had— what’s that sport you play with the little hammer? You hit the ball. (Ed’s note: We think you mean croquet, P.) Yeah, they had them sticks. I didn’t understand that. That’s what bugged me out about the video. But, niggas was fly. Niggas was fly. You can wear classics, you can wear new shit— whatever’s fly. I ain’t one of the dudes that be like, “Aww, them niggas ain’t have no classics in the video.” I heard a few of my people say that. “They look like they went straight to Macy’s and came—“ So what? It’s Polo, it’s fly. They ain’t have no Chaps. They ain’t have no Beverly Hills Polo. Nah mean? It’s all good to me.

Yeah I seen it the other day and shit. I kinda liked it, too. I liked the fact that they was bringing it back to all the Rugbies. The first thing when I seen it, and I seen the young cat VADO rockin’ it, I just thought about myself like, “Damn, I’da probably copped that one, that one, that one.” You know what I mean? He definitely had a couple of pieces on that today I might still go make it my business to go pick up… So, when I seen VADO and Young Dro goin’ in, it just took me back to that time again. I liked the video, too.

88-Keys: When I first heard about it, it prompted me to watch the video. I saw what they was doin’, it seemed like they’re making it a trend. It’s gonna become the newest trend to rock Polo Rugbies now in the hood. But to kind of go overboard. And try to rock the loudest colors or the illest patterned Polo rugbies and stuff. But again, it depends on where they’re goin’ with it and where they’re tryna take it to, if anywhere at all. It could be a passing trend where they’re doing it now to get everybody up on it, just so they could have yet another thing for people to identify them outside of their music. That’ll last for like six months, a year. And then they could just be on the next shit. Like, “Yeah, we ain’t doin’ Polo no more, now we’re rocking something more expensive like Versace. We’re off that Polo.”

Victor Ving: Hey, he wears Polo cause that’s what all the kids are wearing these days, right? It’s really just the trend these days if you go to any high school all the kids are rocking Polo again. Fashion always goes in cycles. Only difference is that kids aren’t getting robbed for pieces anymore like they used to.

Dallas Penn: I seen stills from it. I haven’t watched the video yet. I saw some stills from it and I was just like, “Aight.” To me, there were no pieces in those stills that made me say, “wow, this guy.” Like, he wears Polo in my opinion, he doesn’t rock it. He could eventually rock it one day. But right now, he wears it… I’m glad for VADO. I’m glad that he’s making Polo desirable. I wish he had a deeper Polo pedigree. I wish he had a deeper understanding of the brand. Of the reason why the brand is. He knows the brand is fresh, but that’s also because you’re standing on the shoulders of the Thirstin Howls, of the Grand Pubas, of the Zhigges. Of the street kids, the ‘Lo Lifes, the Deceps, the random heads from Brooklyn, Laurelton, Harlem that wore these items and went to the Latin Quarters or Union Square and might of had to get it in to go home with them. He’s standing on the shoulders of those people.

Read on to see the ‘Lo heads’ favorite pieces as well as ten of our favorite lyrical references to Polo…

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  • http://www.jcalderon.com J.Calderon

    Trick Daddy: Are those Burgle Boy jeans you’re wearing? Hell no Ho, you know they’re Polo.

  • JAFFEjoe

    lol my nigga 88 keys a fool for that poncho story… hahahahaha

  • http://www.poloparties.ning.com POLO PRINCE SEMINOLE SEMI-LO The Big Bad woLf LOsceoLa Sport

    aLL You been had POLO Dudes are Funny! Get your LO up b4 You Show up. 2Ls up & 2nd to NONE, AhhWooo!

  • Father AL

    C’mon son! Nobody said P-wing?!?! Stadium ?!?!

  • Smear

    good shit. XXL NEEDS to follow this up with a feature on the Lo-Lifes: Thirstin Howl III deserves his shine as does up and comin Lo-Life Mehyem Lauren. For that “been had Polo” dude and YoungDro they need to see the true heat the Polo-Rican and Meyhem keep in their closet. Just Blaze and Dallas are crazy with that shit too…… I’d kill for their collection… or Just’s Bank balance.

  • dutchmaster

    what a good article….im coming up in the late 80s, 90s just at the end of the good era (wu-tang, grand puba) to the mid/late 90s…..i remember really being into nautica and tommy….when that shit came out about him being racist, he definitely took a hit, i only bought a little bit of nautica and mostly polo from then on…..and i can’t remember when i’ve bought any other kind of high designer “hip hop” brand other than polo

  • Suicide Kobain

    No mention of Grand Puba?

  • http://www.spag-lo.com SPAG-LO


  • http://www.spag-lo.com SPAG-LO

    >>>> @SpagLO <<<

  • http://www.showyalo.com Wiggz-LO, Extraordinaire

    Amen brotha Spag…once again, the ball has been fumbled in the red zone. I def. applaud the effort and the nod, but the execution was all wrong. With all the fly visuals floating around online, I can’t seem to understand why this didn’t come out better than it did. I used to have a lot of respect for XXL as a magazine, but even that went from sugat to sh*t over the years. Money that obviously did these got hype off the “POLO” remix and decided to whip something together before the competition could get the proper shine. If he really knew the time, he would see it goes much deeper than the brand…hell, even Thirst and Rae kept making references to the sh*t that set it off for Ralph to do what he did, yet all the focus gets put on the overly hype-beasted Snow Beach pully and some clown wit a corny youtube video…man, let me fall back….WWW.SHOWYALO.COM…the real headz know what it iz….

  • http://www.twitter.com/mdmamusic Victorious

    eh’ they tried. i dont know why some people were in the interview but im sure there are a lot of things i dont know .
    the piece vado mentioned was Rugby. not polo. there is a difference. but not everybody know the difference. not everybody gonna care either.
    it is what it is..
    i reached out to one of the brothers in the interview. and connected him up. stay tuned.
    peace to Lo Lifes.
    victorious lo.

  • The Nite Shift

    The Pimp C Reference is originally from Pimp C, but on a song Called “Doin’ the fool” E40 feat. Pimp C, to Short and Pastor Troy

  • Real Nigga 365

    Yall niggas still hating on Jose Hustle ? Seems like alot of yall old heads got offended from the young nigga’s video. Its was entertainment, do something with your life besides collecting clothes for nothing. He’s working on a degree from an HBCU im pretty sure he couldnt give 2 fucks who got vintage polo or who’s a real OG. He’s mentioned with the greats so let the lil nigga get his shine, fall back.

  • http://youtube.com/youngsheed1 Jose Hustle

    Much Luv to all the supporters and haters. I never thought I’d be mentioned with the Polo ambassadors above. Check out my video blog Jose Hustle TV on youtube, much more than Been Had.

    ** Yall so called Lo heads need to grow up, if your collection was soooooo dope as yall claim, You’d be in the article too

  • http://www.luckylogan.com Logan P. McCoy

    I liked Part 1 a whole lot better. I’m biased, sue me. “Guess and lo from head to toe to let you know, who got the props”. Come on… is it because he didn’t say polo in that song. You figure out what song it was.

  • Goose

    Why are you asking Vado and Young Dro’s opinion?? None of these have history with Lo.. Wearing a rugby from 2009 ain’t shit.. New jacks looking like idiots. Let The Lo Lifes tell this story.. Nice one XXL you screwed this story.

  • Young Bodybag

    What is this bullshit? Just Blaze and 88 Keys sucking their own dicks yet DCV gets minimal shine? This piece can’t even be thoroughly appreciated due to the underuse of potential with the interviewees. Dallas Penn, Thirstin Howl III, Ving, Rae and Sean P could’ve done this interview solo.

  • Brass Tacks

    Dro been rocking POLO! The South been rockin POLO! Get the hell outta here with another N.Y. made shit hot first write-up. The whole prep look was in style in GA back when another coast seemed more comfortable in timbs and a bubble down goose necked whatever the fuck Eskimos wear to keep warm in the antarctic. Please stop swinging from NY’s Hang low every time something that’s universally HIP-HOP. Gets written about!

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