In today's new skool, Nigerian music artists and pant sagging is quickly becoming a rampant or rising trend. Therefore, I'm blogging to ask today's Nigerian music artists, if pant sagging is 'swag or stupidity'?
Let's do some brief digging into the history of "Pant Sagging" shall we?
First, according to Wikipedia, "Sagging" is a manner of wearing trousers (slacks, shorts, pants or jeans) below the waist, sometimes revealing much of the underwear. Sagging is predominantly a male fashion.
According to information gathered via Wikipedia, Greg Mathis, a retired Black American Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show judge on the popular reality court show, Judge Mathis, revealed that "sagging" was adopted from the United States prison system where belts are prohibited. Belts are sometimes prohibited to keep prisoners from using them as weapons or in committing suicide by hanging themselves. Other theories is that it sent a message to other prisoners to let them know that person is sexually available and in need of protection from other bullying inmates. The style was later popularized by hip-hop artists in the 1990s (obviously, many 'Ghetto' Blacks were regarded as not cool, if they haven't done time behind bars). It has since become a symbol of freedom and cultural awareness among some youths or a symbol of their rejection of the values of mainstream society.
Many cities, academic institutions, public places, and many states in America for instance, have all frowned against the wearing of pants below waistline even to the extent of a town in one of the southern states of the U.S, Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana is on a move to enforce an ordinance that bans the wearing of pants below the waistline hereby exposing their underwear - especially in public places.
According to NYDailyTimes, "The ban would set a high price on low pants, slapping violators with a series of fines: $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second and $100 and 16 hours of public service for each subsequent offence."
Digging further through the web to see what people are saying about pant sagging, I stumbled upon a question and answer on Yahoo Answers with someone in China asking "Why do black guys sag their pants?". One of the answers supplied caught my interest most, so I thought I'd share it here:
"Well over here (referring to the US) it is a popular style for more than one race. I'm white and that's a stereo type but I could care less I don't sag my pants but some do in desperate need to fit in with their friends. Personally it's kind of stupid because if you are running from the police, getting in a fight, or just simply walking around it can alter your ability to react quickly in a normal life situation."
So who are some of the Nigerian music artists fond of sagging their pants? From observation: May D, Davido and his camp, Wizkid, among many other new skool artists I can't remember at the moment.
In (American) Hip-Hop today, pant sagging and obnoxious lyrics are seriously being frowned upon by several communities and social movement organizations. Nigerian music artists looking to break into the major mainstream music market should note that pant sagging and obnoxious lyrics will get them nowhere - for real.
Though pant sagging is not yet much of an issue in the global Nigerian Hip-Hop community today, in few years to come - if our African society withhold expressing their disapproval towards the trend of new skool Nigerian music artists (indirectly) promoting sagging of pants - obviously as the "new cool", it will grow to become a major issue just like it is in the U.S today.
So what gives? Apparently, Nigeria and Nigerians are no doubt one of the most highly-western(ly) influenced of all African countries, and the rising trend of pant sagging among the Nigerian youths of today is nothing but a stupid swag copied from the ghetto Black American lifestyles which is constantly (indirectly/directly) promoted by several Black Hip-Hop moguls in the U.S. Before you know it, (young) new skool Nigerian Hip-Hop acts who already enjoy sagging their pants - will start rapping and singing about how they love to sag their pants.
"Many of today's generation are easily influenced by what they see others do and their opinions, and it's hardly ever the good things."
If we are going to copy any western values or culture, why not copy the good ones and disregard the bad ones?
This is my humble opinion on the rising trend of (and encouraging of) pant sagging in today's Nigerian music scene by our own Nigerian music artists. I conclude by stating pant sagging is not a swag but rather - stupidity. If it's a swag, then I regard is as a stupid swag. But in your opinion, what would you say regarding the rise of Nigerian music artists and pant sagging (if you're observant): is it swag or stupidity?
By Kevin Onuma for Nigeria Music Network / African Blogger
Reference: Louisiana Bans Pant Sagging: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/louisiana-town-bans-sagging-pants-article-1.1315857
Sagging History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagging_(fashion)
Why Do Black Guys Sag Their Pants? (Yahoo! Answers): http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121224125313AAWtDET
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