Guest Star: "You Were The First One Introducing The Skinny Jeans & Then The Skirts & Now What's Next?
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 2:45PM
[After publicly scolding men's fashion this week on Instagram, Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar gives SOHH readers his take on some bad trends going down in hip-hop these days.]
My argument goes back to the skinny jeans. Everything comes together degree by degree. In order to implement something, you have to have one degree. A baby drinks milk before it goes on to solid foods.
The skinny jeans is what introduced that feminine style. When I was coming up, the girls rocked skin-tight jeans. That's what we liked. We liked looking at that. But later you would see some of the homosexuals in the hood rocking that kind of style, rocking the skinny-type jeans and they might have some flip-flops on, dragging their feet around.
We know those dudes in the hood and now that's what these dudes are doing but they think it's cool. I have a son that's 20 years-old and I've had this fight with him about the d*mn skinny jeans. "Nah, you don't understand Dad, that sh*t's not feminine." Yes it is. "The girls love it." I don't care what the girls love. If the girls love wearing make-up, is y'all gonna rock make-up?
Come on, man. Somewhere you've got to draw the line as a man. As a man, you're not going to be rocking dresses. [Lil Wayne at the VMA's show in leggings], that sh*t ain't cool too. I posted sh*t about that too. I posted sh*t like that. Check my timeline, I posted sh*t about A$AP Rocky with the dress, I did all that type of sh*t but it's because I put Kanye's name [in an Instagram post] that y'all are hitting me up. I don't give a f*ck because I don't pull no punches. It ain't nothing against Kanye, personally. I don't know dude. I never met him in my life. But stop introducing that bullsh*t. You were the first one introducing the skinny jeans and then the skirts and now what's the next thing? Pearls? Make-up? Handbags?
First of all, let me just say I'm not angry and I'm not bitter about anything. These are just my observations and you can choose to agree with me or not. None of this is being done maliciously and if anything, this is being done out of love because I love hip-hop, I love the culture, I love Black people and when I see certain things being introduced in a way that it's calculated, I have a problem with that. I have a problem. Especially when the youth is coming up and thinking it's cool because they're using certain individuals who have influence to try to implement whatever it is they want to implement.
I'm not with it. I'm not just going to go along with it, I'm not just going to sit back and then wait to speak on it. They'll put all these labels on you to make it sound like you're the one with the problem. I'm not the one with the problem.
I don't rock skirts. You're never going to see me in them. I don't rock my stuff as baggy as I used to but I'm not rocking skinny jeans.
Lord Jamar is a rapper and actor. He is a member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian which formed in 1989. As an actor, he is best known for his role of Supreme Allah on the TV series Oz. He has also appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Third Watch and The Sopranos. He released his debut The 5% Album in 2006.