Originally Posted by ReeVeeDynasty
to everything stated.
Just for fun, I'd like to present a weak
When I did my "hood time" back in the very early years of Hip Hop (from Rapper's Delight to White Lines with some lovely suburban interruptions around the Roxane Roxanne years) if you had nice things...
...a new football, a gold chain (a normal sized one )
, etc.; if you weren't hanging with the right crowd (that awkward spot where jocks, drug dealers and straight up violent thugs intersect) you didn't have your nice things for long
Now back in those times, cuz I was no fool, I kept my $$$ in my sock (they all knew I had a Dad with a good job, so even my "friends" were suspect when it came to personal security)
. The only noteworthy bulge in my pants was at the zipper.
So those who were able to have nice things began to emphasize their ability to have nice things by "super sizing" the nice things as a sign of how safe they felt "in the hood". Did "it" mean (was the display intended to mean)
he could fight, he had dangerous friends/relatives or he was just cool/popular?
A young black male who could wear a big ass, clown sized gold chain and not get mugged had status...sort of like an outward manifestation of that intangible "ghetto pass".
That young black male, attracted people (mainly females he hoped)
who wanted to hang out and have nice things without getting mugged; or (in cynical alternative)
wanted to have nice things and know that if anyone was getting mugged first, it was going to be Mr. Bling.
So perhaps the bling bling look is a tribute in which these artists hold themselves out as a beacon of safety from crime, a symbol of freedom of expression and the "right to life, liberty and property" for the huddled masses.
Hey, I gave it a shot.
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