Worst Hip Hop Fashion Trends

Hip hop fashion complements the expressions and attitudes of hip hop culture in general. Over the years, styles have changed (like any fashion) but I’d like to point out some of the worst fashion statements made by rappers.

 

  1. Oversized Clothing

It just doesn’t make any sense. If you’re a famous rapper, you think you’d be able to afford clothing that fits. Thanks a lot JNCO.

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  1. Bling Bling

A little ice is nice but overdoing it isn’t all right. Sometimes, rappers wear so much bling that they look like walking jewelry stores. It’s like wearing a sign that reads, “Please rob me.”

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  1. Sagging

Larry Platt said it best: “Pants on the Ground, Pants on the Ground. Lookin’ like a fool
With your pants on the Ground.”

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  1. Flavor Flav

Flavor Flav’s set the standard for ridiculous outfits.

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  1. Cam’ron

Spending $5,000 to have a candy pink mink coat made is a little much. Why pay that much to look like a giant Kirby.

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  1. Grills

Lil Wayne paid $150,000 to have diamonds installed in his teeth… Why?

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  1. Notorious Lil Uzi Vert Photo

I’ll let the picture do the talking.

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  1. Gucci Mane’s Face Tattoo

Why does he have an ice cream cone on his cheek?

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  1. T-Pain’s Top Hats

I’m a huge fan of T-Pain but his top hat collection is over the top (pun intended). He does look fancy, though.

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  1. Kanye’s leather Kilt

Kanye has made some strange fashion choices over the years but his leather Givenchy kilt definitely one of the most notable. With his Gaelic heritage, it is probably more of a cultural thing than a fashion statement.

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Best Albums of 2017

2017 was a pretty fantastic year for hip-hop fans. Before 2018 begins, I thought I’d take a look back at 2017 and recall some of the great projects that were released.

 In no specific order, here are ten of my favorite albums from 2017:

 Damn. (Kendrick Lamar)

West 1996, Pt. 2 (Lute)

TMRWFRVR (Luke Christopher)

The Never Story (J.I.D)

No Dope On Sundays (Cyhi the Prynce)

4:44 (Jay-Z)

Jay’s too cool for Spotify

Blue Chips 7000 (Action Bronson)

Laila’s Wisdom (Rapsody)

OBLiBiON (T-Pain)

State of Mind 2 (Dizzy Wright)

 

Honorable Mentions:

There’s Really a Wolf (Russ)

Everybody (Logic)

X Infinity (Watsky)

Trial by Fire (Yelawolf)

Rags & Robots (Earthgang)

Real Person (Caleborate)

508-507-2209 (Joyner Lucas)

 

What were your favorite albums from 2017?

 

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Watsky

George Watsky, widely known as Watsky, is a rapper, slam poet, and author from San Francisco.

 

Watsky’s intellect, stage presence, and lyrical ability are undoubtedly the most defining qualities of his music, tackling pretty much any subject matter with ease. Recently, Watsky contributed a song to Lin-Manuel Maranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape as well as dropping his own fifth studio album, x Infinity.

 

Here are ten songs from Watsky’s discography to serve as an introduction:

  1. “S for Lisp”

2. “Whoa Whoa Whoa”

3. “Never Let it Die”

4. “Hey, Asshole”

5. “Strong as an Oak”

6. “Ten Fingers”

7. “Rich Girl”

8. “Cardboard Castles”

9. “Pink Lemonade”

10. “Wounded Healer”

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Best of Kendrick Lamar (So Far)

King Kendrick is undoubtedly one of the best rappers in the game right now. I’ve created a playlist with what I believe to be his best works. I will likely be adding to the list when he releases new music.

Let me know in the comments if there’s a particular artist you’d like to see a list for.

 

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Tito Lopez

Mississippi underdog, Tito Lopez, is an artist that many Hip Hop Heads are familiar with.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tito Lo, check out his story here.

Tito’s released many mixtapes over the years, but here are 10 songs that’ll serve as a good jumping-off point introducing you to his music:

 

  1. “Black Dude Spanish Name”

2. “Try Me”

3. “THE GREATEST”

4. “Y.O.U.”

5. “The Blues”

6. “Have Mercy”

7. “Story to Tell”

8. “Jada Pac [Venting Session #9]”

9. “Mississippi Burning”

10. “Outkast Medley”

 

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Ten of the Most Influential Rap Albums

Lately, there’s been a lot of debate regarding whether or not Tha Carter III is a classic. Some people even cited it as one of the most influential albums of the hip-hop genre.

 

I don’t want to get into that argument because I think Complex had a very accurate assessment. (Read the article by clicking here)

 

Instead, I’d like to list some truly influential records.

 

“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

Released in September 1979, it’s considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop music to the masses. Generally, “Rapper’s Delight” is seen as the first official rap song.

 

 Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.

Run-D.M.C. is undoubtedly one of the most influential acts in hip-hop history. They were the first group in the genre to have gold, platinum, and multiplatinum certifications. Additionally, they were the first to be nominated for a Grammy, first to appear on American Bandstand, and the first to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Their third (and most successful) album, Raising Hell, featured “Walk This Way” which revived Aerosmith’s career and became one of the biggest hits of the 1980’s.

 

 Public Enemy

I don’t want to pick a specific body of work by Public Enemy because all of their music was influential. Known for their politically charged music and criticisms of the American media, the group’s active frustrations and concerns of the African American community were an important part of the golden age of hip hop.

 

The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest

Bridging the gap between jazz and hip-hop, this was instrumental in the birth of alternative rap.

 

Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

This was the debut project for N.W.A. The group was among the earliest and most controversial acts in gangsta rap. Their explicit lyrics included glorification of drugs and crime that caused them to be banned from many mainstream radio stations. They’ve still managed to sell over 10 million units in the U.S.

 

Illmatic by Nas

Released in the midst of the boiling East-West conflict, Illmatic is commonly regarded as the best hip-hop album of all time.

 

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan

This was the debut project for Wu-Tang Clan who many critics call the best rap group ever. In 2004, NME named them as one of the most influential groups of the last ten years. In 2008, About ranked them as “the No. 1 greatest hip-hop group of all time.”

 

Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G.

Not only was Ready to Die Biggie’s debut studio album, but it was the only project released during his lifetime. It launched him into stardom and revitalized the East Coast hip-hop scene at a time when the West Coast dominated the industry. I view Ready to Die as one of the most important rap albums of the 1990’s.

 

Me Against the World by 2pac

Pac’s third studio record addressed issues such as: racism, police brutality, poverty, crime and his impending prison sentence. Released while Shakur was imprisoned, Me Against the World became an instant commercial success. The album’s considered the best and most introspective project of his career.

 

The Slim Shady LP by Eminem

Earning him his first Grammy and skyrocketing him into mainstream culture, The Slim Shady LP marked the beginning of Em’s reign as king. He’s received 15 Grammy Awards and sold more than 172 million albums, which makes Eminem one of the most commercially successful artists of all time.

 

Is Tha Carter III a classic? Was it influential? Let me know what you think.

 

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Ab-Soul

Herbert Anthony Stevens IV (better known by the name Ab-Soul) is a California-based rapper and a member of the Black Hippy collective. He’s probably one of the most intellectual rappers I’ve heard in modern hip-hop.

 

Known for his introspective lyricism and clever metaphores, it’s impossible to fully comprehend his multi-layered personality in only ten songs… This is a good start though.

 

“Book of Soul”

“Book of Soul” is the story of some of the struggles he’s gone through. From being diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome to enduring heartbreak and loss, it makes sense that he would title the song after the Book of Job.

 

“Long Term 2”

After the previous song, I wanted to pick something more uplifting.

 

“Can Anybody Hear Me”

“Can Anybody Hear Me” features a verse from Terrence Henderson (AKA Punch) who is best known for being the president of Top Dawg Entertainment.

 

“Tree of Life”

From Soul’s third studio album, These Days…, “Tree of Life” was definitely one of the standout tracks in my opinion.

 

“Illuminate”

Whenever Kendrick and Ab get together on a record, the result is mind-blowing. Their chemistry is out of this world. I’d include “Turn Me Up” if I hadn’t already used it in another list.

 

“Ab-Soul’s Outro”

Section.80, which is quite possibly my favorite album of all time, includes this gem.

 

“Raw Backwards”

I wasn’t enamored with Ab-Soul’s latest album, Do What Thou Wilt., but this track was worth mentioning. He’s still the same talented rapper but he experimented with different sounds on the album that I simply didn’t enjoy as much.

 

“Top Dawg Underdog”

This is just a great song. Ab-Soul can tell a hell of a story.

 

“Soul Cry”

Similar to “Book of Soul” this track tells us more about Ab’s early life and the beginning of his rap career.

 

“Mayday”

Usually, Ab-Soul’s more laid-back but this song proves that he’s more than capable of delivering power.

 

Honorable mentions: …all of his other songs

What’s your favorite Ab-Soul song?

 

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