Supreme Pays Homage to Barrington Levy And Jah Life With New Collab
Earlier today, Supreme presented its latest collaboration paying tribute to some of Reggae's finest. As part of their 2016 summer deliveries, the New York City-based streetwear brand has unveiled a specula capsule collection highlighting the living legend Barrington Levy and popular Brooklyn-based record label Jah Life.
Compromised of several garments, the latest from Supreme includes -hoodies, graphic tees and tank tops in an array of colorways. The collection will focus entirely on the early culture of reggae as it showcases vintage graphics and images of reggae genre in the early 1980's. Along with the unveiling of the collection, Supreme also provided more details behind the release of this anticipated collection:
“In 1979, upstart New York reggae producer and Jamaican transplant Hyman “Jah Life” Wright began a prolific partnership with another fledgling producer, Henry “Junjo” Lawes, in reggae’s epicenter of Kingston, Jamaica. Lawes had just produced a single called “Collie Weed” with a teenaged vocalist named Barrington Levy nicknamed the “Mellow Canary” for his high sweet singing style. Based off that single, Wright and Lawes ran sessions which yielded the first three albums by Levy. Released between 1979 and 1980, those albums— “Bounty Hunter”, “Englishman” and “Robin Hood” became standard bearers for the emerging dancehall reggae sound, which fast became the dominant popular style in reggae music. These records quickly took Levy from up-and-coming to young superstar, catapulting him onto the world stage. Barrington and Jah Life would continue to work together through the 1980’s producing massive hits such as Levy’s iconic “Murderer.” The fact that “Murderer” and many other hits were being produced entirely in New York City broke boundaries in Jamaican music, showing that top quality reggae no longer had to be made exclusively in Jamaica.”
The Supreme Reggae-inspired collection hits Supreme flagship retailers in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London on Thursday, June 16. A Japan release will take place on Saturday, June 18.
The Top 5 Sneakers Coming Out This Weekend Including Adidas Yeezy Boost 750, Air Jordan 9 Retro Low and More