METCHA Mixtape \ Sheron Barber
If you caught our one-on-one interview with designer & founder of the quickly up and coming streetwear brand DR14, you'd know that SHERON BARBER has been drawn to create since he was an emerging t-shirt screenprinter. Fast forward, and now Sheron is the name behind an increasingly popular brand of fine leather accessories and creates custom pieces for international names like Rihanna and Drake.
Thru his street culture skyrocket to notoriety, the designer hasn't lost sight of his roots. We asked him to drop a list of music industry names that have helped guide his work.
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"I'm really feel like a part of hip-hop, I grew up in the 80s and 90s, listening to like Nas, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang ― I really got to watch hip-hop evolve. In the late 70s before I was born, artists would take a disco beat and take the part where nobody was singing ― they would call that the break in the beat. They would take that break in the beat and then loop it, and then a person would rap over it. A large part of hip-hop origins and even black culture is transforming the scraps ― it's like how soul food was created from using food scraps. We took scraps and we were able to make soul food, so we turned not having something into creating something beautiful."
"The essence of hip-hop is not having equipment to make a beat, not having a studio to record in, looping a pre-existing beat and then turning it into your own song. In the 80s, that became known as sampling. It's funny because largely what I do is the same, I take pre-existing things and make them my own, like how hip-hop artists sample beats."
Keep your jam sesh going with The Shoe Surgeon team's top tracks here.