Definition of Hip Hop Culture
I feel like I finally understood what hip hop culture IS while working at Rolling Loud —
To me, hip hop culture appears to be a series of micro-flexes meant to dignify one’s existence, especially within a particular overarching system of oppression which specifically states (and has historically stated) that the existence of these oppressed classes has no spiritual dignity & should not exist.
Every medium which could be souped up for display, can & will be: One’s shoes, one’s teeth, one’s skin, one’s marijuana rolling papers, one’s car, one’s diction, one’s ability to perform musically, etc.
The reason why people walk around wearing Yeezy’s is to display they are the kind of person that can afford a pair of Yeezy’s during a time in its production where it is socially high in demand.
Why? To flex, bro. To flex all up on you.
The accessories of hip hop culture, which collectively create hip hop culture, are simply many ways of saying, “I exist, motherfucker.” Hip hop culture forces people to confront the grandiosity of their existence inside of a society that does not even want them to exist in the first place.