Originally posted by xsmi
Your original statement about bling and your response above are the type of statements I took exception to. People think about the things you are posting.
You can take exception to it if you like. But there has been a great deal written about this in magazines, AND, in sociology journals, as well as music mags that specialize in Gansta' Rap, and Hip Hop. The conclusion, even among those who are part of the "bling" culture have publically agreed with it. My statements merely reflect those bits of imformation.
And I hope that people think about what I post, even if they don't like it.
I don't know how much of the phenomena exists in Toledo Ohio, though I would think not much. But, here in NYC, it is a common thing to see on the street. This is where it originated, and there is plenty written about it.
Sometimes the truth isn't racist, it is merely the truth. Bling exists within a certain group of "stars". When you look at that group, you can do your own catagorizing. It has nothing to do with race itself, but it does have to do with certain individuals, and the street culture they come from, and are pandering to.
This arose from the "pimp look" that was popular in poorer parts of the city earlier. Those people, and those selling drugs were the ones making vast amounts of money, and flashing it with "pimpmobiles" fut coats, expensive watches, big diamond rings, girls on their arms, etc. The poor street kids found those people to be worth emulating.
When these music stars came from those areas, they too emulated that look, because their audience wanted them to, and it gave them "street cred".
You don't want to believe it? Fine, you don't have to. But, read up on it sometime.