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The Hip Hop “Image”

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12:42 am
August 4, 2009


TRUE GRIT

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officialyoungdiz said:

Lmao, This happends to me constantly exept in reverse. Im About 5'8 16 years old slits in my eyebrows, tatted, braids, i sag my pants, WALKING DEFINITION OF “HIP-HOP” in people's eyes lol Most people can tell that i rap before it ever leaves my mouth..


now step back for a second and ask yourself is this really the “walking definition of hip hop” , or just a stereotype of the hip hop “image” that dawk brought up

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1:18 am
August 4, 2009


GC Da Don

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Post edited 12:20 am - August 4, 2009 by GC Da Don


I don't think it's because your white alone, but I do think being a White Female could have something to do with it. I mean, how many white female rappers are there with any sort of fan base? The only one's that come to my mind, besides you Smile, are Sarai, and Lady Soverign. And rappers like Persia and Byata who I might have not even heard of if it wasn't for Ego Trips: White Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme.

Besides that, you don't dress in the typical clothes you see rappers on tv (both male and female) wearing. For example, if there is a female rapper on TV, besides Lady Soverign and Missy Elliott, she usually has to be sexual with her lyrics, what she wears and her videos, like Lil Kim and Trina for example.

So I'm guessing those two things add to the shock factor that people get after hearing that you rap, and rap really well too.

As for why there's a stereotype on what hip hop should look like, I have no idea to be honest. It doesn't make sence. I put on what I like to wear, not because anyone else is wearing it, but because I feel comfterable with it. The Hip-Hop steryotype before, used to be all rappers wear really baggy clothing, and now it's bright colors, tight shirts, and tight jeans for the most part. Wear what you want, but wear it for yourself, not because it's what's “In” and what others are wearing. That's how I look at it. Me personally, I'm not gonna wear anything tight even if I was the only person left dressing the way I do, it just doesn't feel like I'd be being myself, and it would probably feel uncomfterable. Everyone should just be themselves and have their own identities.

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3:18 am
August 4, 2009


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Hell, back in high school, and even now a lot, people are surprised I rap. I'm black, but I was seen as the geeky smart black dude with the glasses who knows a lot about computers and takes Japanese class. I mean, I dress the way I want and feel is comfortable but I wouldn't say it's geeky but I guess because I wasn't the ghetto gangsta black dude, they didn't expect me to rap or expected me to rap horribly. I sorta keep to myself most of the time, I'm not very outspoken so I guess it takes them by surprise. Am I the opposite of what a rapper should be/act like? It's worse because I'm black. A lot of people “expect” white rappers to not fit the rapper sterotype but when a black rapper doesn't fit it, they're in shock and awe. That's why I hate stereotypes…but it is kinda cool to see the look on their faces :D

6:29 am
August 4, 2009


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I agree with alot of whats been said in this thread..  Fuck what a person thinks a stereotypical rapper is sopposed to look like..  If you got skill then what you look like wont even matter..  Now me myself personally..  I used to be a hardcore, “wigger” back in the day..  When I was like 11-12 years old I was trying to dress like what I seen on tv and in music video's..  Baggy clothes, pants hangin off my ass n s**t..  Then I grew up and found myself and my style..  I still dress in the baggy pants and s**t but I keep em up around my waist now..  I wear alot of khakie's(tan, blue, white, black) or jeans and white t-shirts..  like everybody been saying thats just what i'm most comfortable in..  If you seen me on the street you would not think I could rap at all..  And I get that ALOT..  I've done alot of shows in my area and everytime I get ppl like, “Yeah right, what the f**k is this kid doing on stage??  Does he think he can rap??” then i'll do some of my songs and when i'm done those same people will be like, “Holy s**t!  I was not expecting that from you at all!  You do not look like a rapper in the slightest!”

Lol, basicly f**k an image and just do you..  Wear what you like and feels comfortable..  Its allways great to surprize ppl when they think just cuz of the way you look you can't spit.. 

9:02 am
August 4, 2009


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Get what you'll saying. I wrote my best song yet and it was about this hip hop sterotype.

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7:29 pm
August 4, 2009


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Nice, I like what everyones saying on this topic, a lot of similar responses. And again, I wasn't suggesting that I was planning on changing myself, I am a stubborn mother f**ker and, as previously stated, I'm f**king awesome the way I am. I'm not changing. I thought of something else too. I am thankful that when people look at me the first thing that comes to mind isn't “oh, she's gotta be an MC” because, with the way “hip-hop” is today, and I mean that s**t that we see on TV, MC's have a lot of negativity surrounding them. I don't tattoo “I rhyme” on my face because that comes with a lot of negative connotation, which is sad but true. Interviews are a pretty good example of this. Trying to get a job in this economy is hard enough and I have a friend who dresses what I guess would classify as “punk” and he's having a hell of time getting hired, even a factory. Nobody cares these days that your a decent person or a good worker. Despite what we would like to believe, everybody is always judging everyone else based on the way they look.


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7:32 pm
August 4, 2009


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note to self: cancel appointment at tattoo shop for “i rhyme” tattoo on face.

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7:52 pm
August 4, 2009


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I'm a 6 foot pale white kid with a s**tload of halloween and horror tattoos who rocks skinny jeans and shirts with zombies and monsters on them. I also have long blood red punk rock style hair, hangout in cemeteries, i don't drink or do drugs, and I rap about horror and death. Does that sound hip hop? Probably not but the whole gangsta gangsta s**t doesn't matter. I'm poor white trash. I grew up in and still live in the ghetto section of a small city outside of Albany, NY. But I don't have to rock baggy southpoles, roca wear and a flat billed fitted to be a rapper. The way I see it all types make up music. You have black ghetto kids who love marilyn manson. You have white suburban preps who love pac and biggie. Music is one thing that can bring all different groups and all types of people together. I look more like some hardcore punk rocker but I'm still hiphop.

8:29 pm
August 4, 2009


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true grit of dp said:

note to self: cancel appointment at tattoo shop for “i rhyme” tattoo on face.


No, its fine. Just put it on your ass. Wink


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5:31 pm
August 7, 2009


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