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Hop Bling

Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 in Mens Clothing

Hop Bling
Hop Bling

Urban clothing forms part of the nine extended elements of hip hop culture. This fashion was a unique mode of dressing, which originated from African-America, Caribbean-American and Latino youth in New York.

Urban clothing is tied to hip hop music which began in 1975 in Bronx in New York mainly through the influence of Jamaican immigrants. With the use of two turntables and a microphone, the Jamaican practiced disc-jockeys which gave birth to popular music. The pioneers of disc-jockeys where Clive ”Hercules” Campbell, or ‘Kool Herc” who made music out of break beats and Theodore ‘grand Wizard’ Livingstone who discovered ‘scratching sounds’ from a turntable. These two fellows formed the basis of rap music which has grown to what we regard as street music and gained so much publicity.

However along the journey, urban culture has been enriched by various cities’ like Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami Los Angeles, Brooklyn cultures. As the rap music  grew, so did the urban clothing. This fashion has become more and more popular gaining global acceptance. However the trend has witnessed changes over the years. This fashion of clothes was first worn in the 1980s by big hip hop icons such as Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane and LL cool J. The fashion was characterized by many rings, jewellery, gold necklaces which are today known as ‘bling bling’. Big glasses and sneakers also formed part of the fashion. Urban artist also wore Jheri curls or hi-top fade haircuts. The black pride movement was perhaps one of the most influential styles of the hip hop culture in the 1980s. It was symbolized by African chains, dreadlocks, black-green- and red clothes.

The urban clothing of the 1980s reflected the traditional African culture popularized by rappers like MC Hammer. The 1990s came with a change in hip hop music which led to the change in the urban clothing. Singers like Left Eye of TLC popularized colored clothes and baseball caps. Street gangs and prison uniforms also influenced the hip hop wear. Baggy pants wear was influenced by the prison inmates ‘fashion’. Normally the inmates had their belts confiscated by prison wardens and since their uniforms barely fitted them, they were reduced to pulling up their pants every now and then. Cities have also contributed to the growth of the urban clothing with preference of some wear over others. New York favored hooded clothes and timberland boots while west coast went for big flannel shirts and converse sneakers and the south liked gold teeth style.

In mid 1990s, urban clothing was enriched by the Mafioso fashion characterized by hats and alligator skin shoes promoted by stars like the Notorious B.I.G and Jay-Z. At the end of 1990s the taste of hip hop stars changed to shiny, flashy sits and platinum jewellery which took the place of gold and gave urban clothing a new face. During this period, several clothing lines like FUBU, combs and Karl Kani were rolled out and through the sale of hip hop clothes earned millions of dollars. Over the years urban clothing tastes for men and women have changed.

Though men have retained the old hip hop clothing fashion, women have adopted tighter jeans and shiny appearances. Women have added a feminine touch to urban clothing by wearing lip gloss and make up. At present the fashion goes beyond clothes to include gigantic tags made of gold or other expensive material dangling from chains, large eye glasses and outstanding haircuts all of which emphasize wealth and prestige.

Terrence Kent
Business Owner
Specializing in the progression of Urban Clothing in modern culture.

why does rap/hip hop music objectify women as sex objects and talk about the bling and egos?

Judging by some of the verbal abuse I’m getting, I see the mentality of rap/hip hop listeners. If you’ve no self-respect, of course you’ll listen to the garbage and let yourself be treated as a sex object. Educate yourselves!

Because rappers are stupid. Their whole carreer depends on coming over as a gangster. If they don’t they’ll probably wouldn’t have any listeners anymore. Anyone who has a bit of self-respect should listen to pop or rock. And then I certainly not mean the hip-hop pop, they’re just the same. Half of them is a wannabe gangster and the other half are gays.

Shouts out to Hip-Hop Bling and why you should buy your jewels from them 0_o

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