How does one make a perfect mixtape? There is no foolproof technique, but many follow the tried-and-true method of balancing the obvious with the unfamiliar, giving the listener what they already know they want and expanding their horizons at the same time. For much of its 23-year history, pioneering New York City streetwear label Supreme — currently enjoying a particularly buzzy cultural moment on the heels of a collaboration with Louis Vuitton — has paid tribute to its favorite musicians and labels by featuring them on graphic t-shirts, hoodies, outerwear, and accessories. Taken as a whole, these collaborations form an ever-evolving wearable playlist, the kind that appeases and fulfills in equal measures.
On Monday, Supreme revealed that its latest musical mini-collection would focus on Rap-A-Lot Records. The Houston-based label, founded in 1986, has been home to breakout superstars like the Geto Boys and niche acts with dedicated followings like Devin Tha Dude. Supreme has splashed Rap-A-Lot iconography across a range of products, including a hoodie featuring the memorably jarring cover of the Geto Boys’ 1991 We Can’t Be Stopped LP.