FC Killa Villa Drop Fresh JAY-Z and Nas-Inspired ‘Dead Presidents’ Shirts


February 15th 2019

FC KILLA VILLA have returned with their latest hip-hop-inspired jerseys, with this latest installment paying homage to two New York rap legends.

The ‘Dead Presidents’ shirts are inspired by JAY-Z and Nas’s beef back in the hey-dey of NYC hip-hop. After failing to show up to record a verse on Jay’s track “Bring It On”, the Roc-A-Fella don then sampled Nas’s line, ‘I’m out for dead president’s to represent me’ – taken from Nas’ single “The World is Yours” – and ignited one of the most notorious battles in hip-hop history.

The font used on Nas’ jersey was inspired by the original typeface featured on the ‘Illmatic’ album cover released in 1994, with the JAY-Z jersey taking the same cues from the ‘Reasonable Doubt’ album, whilst working on top of the Nas graphics, along with the release year in Roman numerals.

KILLA VILLA’s attention to detail is evident on the kits, with the crest on the Nas jersey featuring the title of the song and a globe symbol along with ‘40 side north’ – where Nas grew up – and the JAY-Z crest featuring iconography closely associated with the Tidal mogul: the diamond symbol and the all-seeing eye. Check out the shirts in NY based photographer Matthew Stith‘s lookbook below.

The limited edition jersey will be available from the FC KILLA VILLA website now.

In other streetwear news, the Nike Air Max 720 will be arriving in a murdered-out “Triple Black” colourway.