The iconic street crew The Lo Lifes are releasing a new book and documentary,Bury Me With The Lo On 2nd edition, according to Vibe.com. Known to the police as hoodlums for boosting, robbing, and getting money; The Lo Lifes played an important role as hip-hop’s current obsession with fashion can partly be attributed to them. The Lo Lifes were known for their Ralph Lauren Polo compulsion, dressing in the attire from head-to-toe.
The Lo Lifes formed in 1988 from the union of two shoplifting crews from Brooklyn: Ralphie’s Kids from Crown Heights, and Polo U.S.A. from Brownsville. “Fighting for style and survival, the Lo-Lifes targeted preppy 80s fashion labels like Guess, Nautica, and Polo. They would acquire them by any means necessary, including stick-ups, shoplifting, and hustling.” One of the most well known members are the Lo-Life’s is founder, rapper, and the book’s co-author, Thirstin Howl The 3rd.
He has been documenting the story of The Lo Lifes since the “mid-1980s, every photo of him and his friends; every last mention of his gang in a media publication, large or small. The clothes, the accessories, the ephemera.”
“I’ve been documenting this story without even knowing I was documenting. We were like fight club meets the runway,” he said. The book’s second edition contains tons of never-before-seen photos and recent portraits of the legendary crew along with words from various Lo-Life members and artists like Raekwon, Action Bronson and Just Blaze.
Tom Gould, award-winning photographer/director and Bury Me With The Lo On’s co-author says, “To the authorities they were criminals, but to themselves and people on the streets, their actions signified something else. They empowered themselves by taking something that wasn’t meant for them and making it their own.”
Bury Me With The Lo On 2nd edition is now available for pre-order.