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It's looks like everybody is into the "retro hip-hop look" these days, and I kinda dig it. It's '88, time to get it straight . . . you know what I'm sayin'?

For example, Inglewood, California rap duo U-N-I has a fantastic music video for "K.R.E.A.M. (Kicks Rule Everything Around Me)," their sneaker-loving anthem. These guys flipped Wu-Tang Clan's classic anthem of gettin' money "C.R.E.A.M.," added a line from "Kick, Push" by Lupe Fiasco ("Knew he had a crew/ That wasn't no punk/ And they spitfire shirts/ And SB dunks") and created a fresh-to-def rap hit for the 0-7.

The music video itself deserves an award for creativity and freshness. In the beginning it depicts the scene from Spike Lee's 1989 cinematic masterpiece, Do The Right Thing, in which the bicyclist bumps into Buggin' Out (played by Giancarlo Esposito) and scuffs up his brand-new white Air Jordans. The clip also features the duo parodying the Spike's infamous Air Jordan commercials.

Rhyme-slingers Thurzday and Y-O are also seen in the video wearing fake Cazels, hoodies and Adidas track suits. It's a brilliant clip for a great anthem for sneaker fiends like me.

"Step on my shoes and I will kill you . . ."

And there are also these cats called the Cool Kids. The b-boy duo have the Internets[sic] going nuts over their throwback-to-the-future music video, "Black Mags." Blog vixen Saucy Dame luvs them boys for their "fashion savvy, old-school b-boy flavor and fresh-to-def music." So much so, she wants "to hug them and luv them and wear one of their ADIDAS jackets in 5th period."

The Cool Kids are among those adopting the latest fashion trend(?) of wearing skinny jeans, tight t-shirts, New Era Cap and fresh kicks. A Champion hoodie is optional and the top accessories to highlight the look is the fat dookie rope and/or Seiko digital watch.

As I was strolling around the hipster neighborhoods of Chelsea in New York, almost everyone I saw -- kids and adults, alike -- were flossing this throwback fashion style. It's not for me, I'm more into the saggy jeans, Timberland boots and a loose LaCoste polo shirt (post-'88, '92 look?). I also like to wear a crispy white-T-shirt from time-to time that is extra large but don't come to my ankles. The tails of all of my t-shirts don't fall below my belt, ya dig.

The Cool Kids' video for "Black Mags" is awesome in a De La Soul "Potholes in My Lawn" kind of way.

Check out these videos -- they are dopelicious!

Hip-Hop is not dead . . . it's just in retro, yo!