The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

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[Jazzy Jay]

Early '80s Zulu Nation jacket custom-made for Jazzy Jay

Lot Closed

March 30, 04:12 PM GMT


2,000 - 3,000 USD

Lot Details


Jazzy Jay's Personalized Zulu Nation bomber jacket, ca. early '80s.

Black wool varsity-style bomber jacket, no size but likely Men's size M or L, snap button closure, ribbed collar/cuffs/waistband, “Jazzy Jay” embroidered to left chest, “Zulu Nation” to right chest, “Zulu Nation” embroidered patches at front left and right and on back, slight fraying to cuffs.


Zulu Nation is an international Hip Hop awareness group dedicated to “peace, love, unity, and having fun.” Starting in the late '70s in New York City, the Zulu Nation would convene youth events that combined all the various elements that now fall under the cultural umbrella of Hip Hop. The imagery, iconography, and fashion of the Zulu Nation has evolved over time, but has always referenced to the group's ideals of bringing together all races, religions, and nationalities.

The jacket offered here belongs to Jazzy Jay who, in the '70s, in the Bronx, at the ripe young age of 13, began his career in Hip Hop before Hip Hop was even a thing. First playing at local parties and NYC clubs, then hosting a radio program on Kiss FM, Jay would go on to firmly cement his place in the culture when he met Rick Rubin and subsequently dropped "It's Yours". “It’s Yours”—from a then unknown label and a little know DJ—would enrapture NYC's dance clubs and rap-focused radio shows for the better part of the Spring and Summer of 1984.


From the personal collection of Jazzy Jay

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