The last true American art form is getting old. One way hip-hop historians are preserving the genre’s past is by collecting and wearing rap tees. Most of these prized garments were once promotional items—if you wanted a legit one and didn’t frequent rap concerts or work in the music industry, you were shit out of luck. Today, those same tees we took for granted and washed our cars with are going for a pretty penny on eBay, with replica joints selling for much cheaper at CokeMagic.com and Urban Outfitters. But nothing beats the real deal. Let’s go back in time with Rap Tees author DJ Ross One and a few other notable collectors.

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