Cool Hunting’s 24 Songs for 4/20

A taxman tribute, our 420 playlist, DJ Spooky's #PrivateJam and more in the music we tweeted this week

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ (aka Nasir Jones) seminal debut album Illmatic, which remains equally relevant today. The record—permeated with thoughtful and poetic lyrics, performed in Nas’ trademark gravelly and passionate voice—is often credited with bringing East Coast hip-hop back into the raw fold and paving the way for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. One listen to “NY State …

Wemoto Clothing: Rap Idols Series

Cartoonish skate decks that capture the style of hip-hop icons Kool Keith, Nas and MF Doom

Skateboard decks have almost become as much about artwork as skateboarding itself. Sometimes that’s just fine, especially in the case of German brand Wemoto Clothing‘s newly released Rap Idols Series. The decks feature three of the genre’s most influential rappers in the brand’s signature cartoon-meets-realist style. Each of the heroes dons their own unique style—with self-proclaimed weirdo Kool Keith in his “Black Elvis” garb—representative of …