Yo! That's ILL

A guide for the refined urban gentleman
Subscribe to Yo That's ILL by Email
Recent Tweets @YoThatsIll

The Rocksmith Barocksmith 2012 Limited Edition Tee is ILL

We are moving Forward in the 20 TWIZZLE my ninja!   And in the words of DMV’s own Oddisee “Forward Never Rewind”.  Stay Crispy B.

The New Balance 574 Backpack Sneaker is ILL

I traded in my Timbs, Nike Boots, Uptown’s and J’s  for wingtips, cap toes, monk straps, and loafers a few years ago my  ninja, but what goes around comes around.  Fashion is cyclical, and it’s time to bring sneakers back.  Just make sure you don’t also bring back baggy jeans and triple XL T’s because all that ish is still whack.  You need some ILL kicks to match your form fitting grown man swag.  And that’s what you get with New Balance’s new 574 Backpack sneaker B. 

These kicks offer that sleek low profile look suited well for your sleek and slim fitting pants, and on a side note I don’t like to call slim fitting pants “slim fitting” because real talk they are pants that just plain FIT.  Grown ass men wear clothes that fit them, not some baggy ass parachiute pantsHammer time is over my ninja.  Real brothas wear clothes that FIT.  That’s what these New Balance kicks do, THEY FIT.  Fit your denim, and fit your pants.  GQ Magazine endorses rocking them with a suit and I do too. 

You roll up to a party, bar, or social event in a well tailored wool suit with these kicks and you will have heads turning on some Maffew Ragazino Shoeperstar status. Leather and Bespoke that’s murder she wrote!!!

There are several places you can cop them, including Amazon.com so pick a color any color, and get the kicks shipped and shits on them when you sport them out and let them see what color you sport on them when Autumn’s out!  Stay Crispy B.

Listening to Deja Vu at a Yankees game is ILL

The Yanks might be down in the ALCS but they ain’t out, and today in honor of the Bronx Bombers I’m cranking the Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz record all day B.  Because if it wasn’t for the BRONX this baseball shit probably never would be going on so tell me where you from.  Uptown Baby! Uptown Baby!

New York Yankees

Weddings are ILL

Have you been to a trill wedding yet my ninja?  If not you are missing out.  Weddings are dope.  They are especially dope when you are a nobody guest and all you need to do is show up, eat, drink, and holla at fine honies.  I went to a few weddings this past summer, but the TRILLEST wedding was by far my right hand man 50 grand Kareem’s wedding. Dude finally wifed up his girl after four years.  About dam time my dude!

This brotha even rode in on white horse on some Knights of the Round Table steez.

FYI, honies dig a man that rides white horses son.  It let’s the ladies know that you are a chivalrous brotha.  Chivalry is ILL my dude.   Chivalry, good food, good friends, good music, and good women son!  And a wedding is the perfect occasion to demonstrate that you are a bad dude and your friends are bad too.  You got the swag sauce you’re dripping SWAGOO!  My boy Jeff showed up straight soaked in swag sauce.  Fresh dressed like a million bucks for under $500 bucks!

My ninja had the single, “jealous their friend got married and they haven’t” honies salivating. I had to run interference for this brotha all night.  A wedding is your time to shine B.  You can be as creative with your formal wear as you want.  No office politics here, your time to shine.  Let everyone know you can party with the best of them.  EVEN with the lovely Beyonce.  A big congrats to my man Kareem and his new wife your wedding was ILL, la di da di we like to party!

Fair Isle Sweaters are ILL

Fall is beautiful son.  The weather is crispier, the foliage is crispier, and your gear is crispier too!  And there is no ILLER place to enjoy the fall than in BROOKLYN, New York.  Beautiful brownstones, beautiful brown honies, beautiful brown leaves,and beautiful weather on some “Masta Ace Beautiful” swag. 

Yesterday I went out to Do or Die Bedstuy, Brooklyn to watch some Football with my peoples and as I roll up to my man Terry’s crib I see my fam Mike rocking this ILL Gant Rugger Fair Isle patterned sweater vest.  My dude just came through from Sunday Brunch and was laying the “weekend casual outfit” murder game down.  Blue stripe button up with a dope contrasting mini-polka dot tie and than to let cats know he is more complex than some stripes and dots he threw on the trill fair isle vest on.

Gant Rugger Fair Isle Sweater Vest

Fair Isle is classic pattern B.  Straight off of an island north of Scotland that has the same name.  Princes wear Fair Isle.  I’m dead serious.  The Prince of Wales started rocking Fair Isle patterned tops back in the 1920’s.  If you rock a Fair Isle sweater you will be on some straight up royalty steez my dude.  You are letting all the beautiful independent ladies know you are a king.  A king to be respected and admired.  I had the utmost respect for my man Mike.  He was repping it BK that’s a definite.  Just more of these amazing rhymes.  An ILL sweater like this for these days and times. It’s Beautiful!

My favorite Fair Isle sweaters being sold in stores right now are a dope J.Crew Lambswool Falkirk Fair Isle sweater

J.Crew Lambswool Falkirk Fair Isle sweater

and a trill Polo Ralph Lauren Fair Isle sweater.

Polo Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Sweater

  Both items are classic pieces than will never fade out of style my ninja.  Cop one of these and rock it with some dope denim or crispy cuorderoys and as you are walking through your hood looking too fly you will like Masta Ace says

look inside yourself.

Something you never felt

Feeling like nothing else

What’s inside goes beyond your mind, it’s beautiful!

Harlem, New York Brownstones are ILL

The Gap x GQ Exclusive Collection is ILL

Do you dig GQ Magazine but don’t bother reading it because the crispy gear on display is mad expensive my ninja?  If so then you are missing out.  GQ Magazine knows regular cats can’t and/or won’t pay for the fly ish the ILLEST menswear designers are selling and they have linked up with the Gap to resolve this dilemma son.

Gap has collaborated with the ILLEST new and I do mean ILLEST new menswear designers in America to offer some dope new casual gear at not just affordable but straight up low prices.  There is no reason y’all have to not stay up laced up with fly ish B.  Head over to the Gap and peep the crispiness which official launched this past Thursday 9/27/2012.  Stay Crispy B.

Flossing your teeth is ILL
If you haven’t figured it out by now my dude then it’s a dam good idea that you are reading this.  Simply put fine women like a man with “good teeth”.  What constitutes good teeth?  Light, bright, and straight up white.  A bright white smile enhances even the bummiest of dudes attractiveness to honies. 
And what you also need to realize is that good teeth are earned and not given son! You have got to put in that work to achieve and maintain good teeth.  This is what happens to lazy bummy cats who don’t put in that work.

Don’t let this be you son.  And how can you ensure your grill keeps looking fly?  I got one word for you.  FLOSS!  Yea that’s right, FLOSS! Flossing daily helps prevent gum disease, cavities, and plague build-up.  AND it ensures you don’t have a chunk of food stuck between your teeth when talking to a lady.  Ladies do not like speaking to dudes who have a big chunk of lettuce between their teeth.
I personally use Oral B’s Glide Pro-Health Comfort Floss. I buy it in bulk too!  It’s made to slide easily between your teeth on some silky smooth movements.  Silky smooth like rocking a Hermes tie at party with Ye and Jay in Paris my dude.  Pick up some floss use it daily and watch as your grill looks light, bright, and straight up white.

Flossing your teeth is ILL


If you haven’t figured it out by now my dude then it’s a dam good idea that you are reading this.  Simply put fine women like a man with “good teeth”.  What constitutes good teeth?  Light, bright, and straight up white.  A bright white smile enhances even the bummiest of dudes attractiveness to honies. 

And what you also need to realize is that good teeth are earned and not given son! You have got to put in that work to achieve and maintain good teeth.  This is what happens to lazy bummy cats who don’t put in that work.

Don’t let this be you son.  And how can you ensure your grill keeps looking fly?  I got one word for you.  FLOSS!  Yea that’s right, FLOSS! Flossing daily helps prevent gum disease, cavities, and plague build-up.  AND it ensures you don’t have a chunk of food stuck between your teeth when talking to a lady.  Ladies do not like speaking to dudes who have a big chunk of lettuce between their teeth.

I personally use Oral B’s Glide Pro-Health Comfort Floss. I buy it in bulk too!  It’s made to slide easily between your teeth on some silky smooth movements.  Silky smooth like rocking a Hermes tie at party with Ye and Jay in Paris my dude.  Pick up some floss use it daily and watch as your grill looks light, bright, and straight up white.

Rocking to the Roots record “Proceed” every Sunday this fall is ILL

Fall is here my ninja!     If you aren’t watching NFL Football get your ass outside with a fine honie and peep that ILL fall foliage, know what I mean jelly bean.  I nominate “Proceed” as the Roots’ OFFICIAL TISSUE RECORD OF FALL Sundays.  I’m cranking this all season long on my foliage steez because I SHALL PROCEED AND CONTINUE TO ROCK THE MIC.