Joey Bada$$ Wears Captial Steez Homage Ecko T-Shirt On 2013 ‘XXL’ Freshman Class Cover

Joey Bada$$ wears an homage to Capital Steez on XXL 2013 Freshman Class cover.
Photo: XXL Magazine

Sometimes polarizing but always anticipated, XXL Magazine dropped their 2013 Freshman Class cover late last night. The annual hip hop staple featured a TON of MTV Style’s favorite emerging MCs (ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Trinidad James, and of COURSE our girl Angel Haze), but we’re taking this moment to single out Joey Bada$$. Not to play favorites or anything (though dude did play our mtvU Woodies festival this year), but Joey is working a look on this cover which begs to be highlighted: a one-of-one Ecko Unltd. t-shirt honoring Capital Steez.

The Ecko Unltd. Capital Steez t-shirt.
Photo: Ecko/Tony Whlgn

You see, before Steez’s incomprehensible passing last December (he was just 19 years old), he was arguably as heavily celebrated as friend and fellow Pro.Era up-and-comer Bada$$ himself. Joey worked with Ecko designer Tony Whlgn on this one-off t-shirt homage to Steelo. Of the collaboration, Whlgn told Ecko, “I had an opportunity to design a special 1 of 1 Ecko Unltd collaborative tribute tee with Joey Badass. It’s an honor to work with a Street wear Brand that I’ve grown up with that has been around for 20yrs. If you’ve seen the RIP STEELO MURAL I did about a month ago you’ll notice it’s the same artwork. We took that and infused Steez’s 47 Ideology and Balance to convey the type of MC Steelo really was. Also if you look closely you’ll notice the shirt is pieced and color blocked with the Rastafarian Red, Black, & Green for Steez’s Spiritual movement amongst the youth. We put a great amount of thought into designing this memento hope you enjoy. Look forward to more works from the two in the near future.” In a way, the shirt affords Steez the opportunity to grace the 2013 Freshman Class cover alongside Joey, heightening the meaning of the tribute.

{via Ecko}

The Ecko Unltd. Capital Steez t-shirt.
Photo: Ecko/Tony Whlgn

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