A bit of nostalgia for the start of your week. About a year ago I noticed a group of boys walking down 14th street. Now I don’t normally stare, but I was taken aback by this group of three. What came to mind first was: wait, am I trippin?! What year is this? Then I said to myself (still staring by the way) How old are these guys?? So I stared even harder, by now it would be considered creepy, rude had already passed. So then I started calculating things…1990′s…the year now is…2014…OK! These young’ins can’t be more than 19 years old!! They are rocking a style that I lived in a ‘retro’ manner harder than anything I have seen so far. Yes, I know the 90′s have been creeping back up, in fact I think it is safe to say they are here in our fashion editorials and stores.
But the reason why I was so shocked? Well I suppose it has to do with a few things. One; They had amazing high top fades!! My first crush was on a boy I’d see at the mall. He had the HIGHEST most WONDERFUL high top fade I had ever seen. Two; the attention to detail these guys displayed was beyond impressive. They must be serious vintage shoppers, so props for that. Three; shit! Are we already looking at the 90′s as vintage? DAMN!
The golden era of Hip Hop is now trending in a modern beat style! (UB40 lyric)
I think that last thought is what held me captive in my staring, I was more trying to wrap my head around the fact that time flies!

Bringing us up to date. I was down in Virginia this weekend and noticed another handsome young man with a tight flat top fade casually shopping on the downtown mall. So I later that evening, on one of my internet missions, I started stumbling across people with some of the best original renditions of this creative and unique hairstyle.

I do feel it is necessary to say the sculpted high top fade or flat top fade was most likely the natural progression from the afro seen below on a young Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace, via the rebellion of 80′s and 90′s youths.  So with out the fro we way never have had the high top!

I would like to think this is where it all started. We went from nice and round and uniform, to tall and square and geometric!

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The Golden Era of Hip Hop.

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The boys who made it look soo cool! Kid n Play and The Fresh Prince. Crushes galore!

Bobby Brown and Tupac looking good in the ‘Gumby’ The fellas for extra props for this variation. From me at least :P

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Raheem!!!! The love for you is still so strong! Look at that mini high top…yummy!

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The white boys were doing it too! Sure this is more an ode to the military version the ‘Flattop’ but Dolph’s fade was just looking so tough back then I can’t help add this in.

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Modern day renditions are just as beautiful if not more!

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The best female version hands down, goes to Grace Jones! She has led the way for many other beauties. See below!

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Move over bowl cut, the flat top is coming back!