The MC and the DJ are two of the pillars of hip-hop music and culture. A culture that has endured for more than 40 years and remains one of the greatest selling musical genres of all-time and the last true American- made art form.
For Quentin Holmes, his love for the culture was sparked by the words of Public Enemy, he was moved to his core. “Those voices that could speak truth to power,” he says of the legendary rap group. “The power to just engage and spark enjoyment, or even promote healing. I knew very early on that hip-hop would take over the world.”
A Michigan native turned California transplant, Holmes also names Tupac Shakur as one of his inspirations. The late rapper/actor combined something that remains a driving force of hip-hop: The ability to make dynamic poetry, but also rock a party.
That duality is what makes MC & DJ so unique. It celebrates the power of every wearer to find their own voice.
“I can live the best life I can, and speak up for what I want, or what I want to see in this world,” Holmes vows. “That is what I want this collection to do. To inspire the voices and celebrate the sound.”
Quentin Holmes likes to describe himself as a “Mission- Minded Creator” Born into a hard-working middle-class family that had a deep value for education, Holmes enrolled in the illustrious University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.
A talented writer, Holmes developed a line of children’s books called the Real Street Kidz Multicultural Book Series. He brought his desire to see himself mirrored in youth literature. The books have sold hundreds of copies with teamwork as the central theme calling on preteen readers to embrace indispensable lessons.
Holmes also created a series for younger readers with multicultural characters who inspire, embolden, and entertain a brand-new generation of children.
But his first business was inspired by his own impeccable fashion. At Wear Apparel was founded in 2003. The streetwear brand immediately took off gaining national acclaim and was featured in several national media outlets including, Slam Magazine, Dime Magazine, Long Beach Press-Telegram, BlackVibes.com, and the feature film, The Reunion.
“I am a person who draws upon my life experiences to create dope brands that have a purposeful mission.”
His love for hip-hop music and culture recently inspired Holmes to launch MC x DJ—a new apparel line of tees that celebrates his nostalgic love of the legendary music genre.
“Hip-Hop music is just so powerful. It is the voice of a generation that can promote engagement, enjoyment, and even healing. I’m excited about this new line as a way that fans can wear their love across their chests.”
With MC x DJ, Holmes believes that this unique clothing line will have a long-lasting impact.