Wanna Be O.G.

May 19th, 2005

INSPIRATION: Daily, I see thug fashion in just about every caste of high school life. All of those categories of kids that I recall being distinguishable by the clothes they wore, those identifiers are gone as all groups of kids sport LRG, Rocca Wear, and other “urban wear” clothing. And for all that posturing, most of those kids, even the ones who talk a tough game, are just kids who want to look cool, not kids who want to do bad things. By appearance, the bark is far worse than the bite. And what if those tough looking kids we all walk past at various times each day and we see on TV, well, what if those kids were really “momma’s boys”? What if they came from afluent backgrounds and friendly neighborhoods? This is just the beginning of that idea, an idea that has certainly been explored before. What if Eminem was really the product of loving parents, terrific education, and a wholesome neighborhood? What if it was all just a mirage?

Written: 05.10.05

Wanna Be O.G.
“I am a thug. I am hardcore,” he says each night into the mirror, after a day of private school, mom and dad footing the car insurance, auntie picking up the FUBU clothing tab, his bedroom in the two-story townhouse paid for by inheritence from grandpa’s will. And, each night, staring at the mirror for hours, he can’t even fool himself.

4 comments on “Wanna Be O.G.”

  1. Blake Says:

    I came across your blog from a comment you posted in Bayosphere.

    I think your right – most highschool kids that wear the ‘thug’ gear are just kids that want to look cool. Who wants to wear the striped yellow shirt your mom got you when you have a G-Unit shirt that your brother just scored for you hanging in your closet? I live in the suburbs and see high school kids everyday sporting this kind of gear and they are not bad, tough, or crazy. They wanna feel like it because it gives them confidence – but they’re not fooling anyone. They’ll grow out of it just like everyone else – espically when they are the ones who will have to start paying for it.

  2. Todd Says:

    I asked one of my students how much his LRG t-shirt cost. $25 bucks. That’s a lot to pay for a simple t-shirt. He and his friends didn’t think so.

    I wrote this shortly after a conflict with one of my students. Throughout the day, really nice kids walk into my room who look like they want to be tough, even though they aren’t. Maybe they know it.

  3. Tom Says:

    $25 is cheap. Check out how much a replica jersey costs. I’ve seen them for $200+ and I’ve seen plenty of kids wearing them.

    The really sad thing about this is acting tough can get you killed. We had a big talker in my middle school. He was always acting tough and claiming a neighborhood which was tougher than his own. He did that with the wrong guy and he was killed for it, shot in the head.

    He was a nice kid, had a decent family and could behave when he wanted to. The kid who killed him was only 16 or 17 and I bet he was acting tough as well. He was stupid enough to do this in front of witnesses and was quickly arrested.

    There are some tough kids out there who have lived hard lives but you can usually spot them and other kids can too. I think a lot of the stupid killings occur when two wanna be thugs get in a hardness contest in front of their friends.

  4. Skye Says:

    It seems that many kids, at least in the more “indie” or “electronic” culture of hip hop, sport brands like I path and LRG just for the urban representation. Not to make themselves seem tough, or “gangsta”. Both of these clothing lines are considered “roots wear”, and technically are doing good for urban and suburban youth by showing intrest in environmental and social issues that effect much of us in the modern “trendy” world we live in. How can that be criticized? At least companies like these are promoting peace and conservation of wildlife, unlike Rocawear and Sean John, which promote the inequalities of the freemarket…the shit side of capitalisim. Support IPATH and LRG.

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