I can't tell you how I came into possession of this notebook. I can't tell you where I was and I can't tell you what I was doing. I can't tell you why I was where I was and I certainly can't tell you who told me to go where I was. I can't tell you what day of the week it was. I can't even tell you all of the things that I can't tell you.
What I can tell you about the notebook, I've already told you: I found (what I'm assuming is) a fashion designer's notebook that had a bunch of prototype sketches for a bunch of rapper clothing lines and OH MY GOD.
It is glorious/silly.
I didn't scan all of the pages—some of them I'll save for whatever. Like, there was a page for a Lil Wayne and Birdman clothing line called Ca$hmere Money. And there was a line of potential upscale coats called Trench Montana. There were a bunch of sketches of tights with the name Azealia Spanx scribbled off to the side. There was Juelz Bandanas and Scarve Face and Juicy J(eans) and a collection of fanny packs from what would be Tyga's Pack City. AND TONS more. Those can be later, I guess. These ten are for now. (I imagine these'll all one day be available in, like, Rick Ross Dress For Less or whatever Biggie and Tall store is in your area.) (Guys, for real, we're going for infinity puns here today.)
Flip through. Go nuts. Super duper Mr. Hooper high-five to the kings, tech wizard Keith Plocek and the invisible rap Tumblr god behind Up North Trips and, the queen, the mega-clever Larami, for their help organizing all of these pieces.
Shea Serrano is a writer living in Houston, TX. His work has appeared in the Houston Press, LA Weekly, Village Voice, XXL, The Source, Grantland and more. You can follow him on Twitter here.