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How Hip Hop Trends Have Influenced Pop Culture

The hip hop culture never truly gets the recognition it deserves. Snubs at mainstream award ceremonies is a prime example.

But, hip hop isn’t only deprived of its recognition when it comes to music and movies. Fashion and beauty trends are repeatedly duplicated in pop culture without an ode to the culture that originated the fad.

Here are three instances in which hip hop trends have influenced pop culture.

Fashion

The infamous “MC Hammer Pants” were a huge fashion trend in the ‘90s hip hop era. Now it seems as if 2 out of 4 people can be seen wearing the pant fad.

Durags are another hip hop trend that can be seen paving the runways. It derived from the hip hop community and is now rocked by Versace models for the S//S16 collection. Guess there will be less discrimination against people wearing durags this year, what a relief (not really).

Versace models rock the durag trend.
Versace models rock the durag trend.

  Beauty

Cornrows have always been a hair trend in hip hop, especially since ’99 when female rapper Eve debuted her blonde locks in cornrows in “What Ya’ll Want”. Everyone from JLo to Ludacris started rocking braids.  Fast-forward to 2015, we had Kyle Jenner sporting cornrows.  She received compliments and her look was deemed chic.  It’s no surprise that many in the hip hop community felt uneasy about Jenner rocking a trend that stemmed from hip hop, so now of course cornrows are acceptable.

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The Large Derrière   

Prior to Nicki Minaj’s mainstream debut, big butts weren’t desirable in pop culture. Within the last two years everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Iggy Azalea has had lady hump enhancements. In September 2014 Vogue published an article about how we are now in “The Era of the Big Booty.

When it comes to hip hop trends, big butts have always been “in style,” sorry pop culture, as usual you’re late on this trend.

Do you feel that mainstream pop culture often duplicates hip hop trends without recognition?

A$AP Rocky on the Cover of Forbes, Talks Harlem Fashion and Being a Businessman

A$AP Rocky might just be following the footsteps of hip hop mogul, Jay Z. Really he is, it’s not far-fetched. Although he is still a relatively new artist, he is making noise as a rapper, fashion lover and businessman.

In Sept. 2015 news broke about his collaboration with Guess for a new collection, which launches this Thurs., Jan. 14. Now you can see A$AP Rocky on the cover of Forbes.

In an interview with Zack O’Malley Greenburg A$AP Rocky talked about Harlem’s fashion influence, expanding into artist management and his evolution from ghetto hipster to businessman.

ZOG: There’s something to Harlem that style is a really important thing in a way that it isn’t in other parts. People who aren’t from New York don’t get it. They don’t understand why Harlem is different from Brooklyn. Harlem and Brooklyn couldn’t be more different.

Rocky: When it comes to fashion and stuff, we’re just nostalgic. Harlem, from the Renaissance, from music, everything cultural, I think it’s impactful to an urban community on another level. … We had our own fashion sense. You’ve got music, you’ve got culture, you’ve got food. What I think is incredible about Harlem is that no matter who you are coming out of Harlem you just feel like somebody.

ZOG: Tell me too about your expanding into artist management.

A$AP Rocky: The first artist that I signed was, the first personality that I signed was Ian Connor … I noticed that his influence on Tumblr and on the internet doing streetwear fashion. Being the face for it, he was the king of the youth. … I’m working with artists and businessmen and it’s kind of cool, and this business brings me money. I kind of like this world of signing thing.

ZOG: My colleague Natalie Robehmed interviewed you a couple years ago for Forbes, and you told her that you felt you were a ghetto hipster. Does that still hold true?

Rocky: I would have to say I’m an artist and businessman. I think that’s where I stand. I’m happy to be here, that’s what I would say. … I did it from my own bedroom, Zack. I tell these kids, you can definitely do it just as good. If you’ve got some good shit, whatever you do, pursue that shit. … The only advice we had was, “Want to run around, make a quick 20, a quick hundred?” You want to pull big money and get that shot, man. That’s what we see: football, basketball, baseball, or f**king rapping. That’s why more people more people know the difference between rappers and artists, true artists. I’m going to classify the way I’m going to be, I’m going to dress, I’m going to be. I want to be considered who I am and that’s a genuine do-it-yourself artist. … Make more money, try to grow as a businessman, it’s that simple.

Read the full interview here.

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Posted by ASAP Rocky on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

50 Cent on the Cover of Alexa: ‘You Wanna See My Versace Toilet?’

Rapper 50 Cent is best known for his disses and comments, but that’s about to change.

Have you seen 50 Cent on the Cover of Alexa? If not, you should, as the “Power” creator looked sharped in his Framar hat, Thomas Pink coat and DSquared suit.

The New York Post’s Hardeep Phull sat with Fiddy as he dished on his Versace toilet, Drake, his sense of style and more.
 
As 50 Cent became more successful his choice of clothing changed:
“Where I come from, suits are associated with court dates and funerals, but I made the adjustment as I grew. I still get people asking me, ‘Why are you wearing that?’ But they don’t mean enough for me to care.”

 
50 Cent also talked about the holidays and who is the designated chef in this family:

“My aunt Geraldine is my favorite,” he says warmly. “She knows it, too. They still buy me stuff like socks for Christmas, but you can never have enough. They cook the food on Christmas too.”

“What do I bring to the table? I bring me! I’m the entertainment!”

See the photos and full interview on NYPost.com