Ayyyyy new followers (and old friends)--I see y'all! Thanks for joining this conversation; hope things don't get awkward. But you know, I can be a little bit of a lot of that so-o-o-o. Stay awhile--it's gonna be fun!
elf-aggrandizing is a familiar response to the systematic stripping of Black manhood, a familiar vestige of slavery and oppression. The arrogant and/or hyper-masculine posturing response to this stripping is pervasive not just in hip hop music, or even reggae toasting from which hip hop was born, but in black communities. Watch pastors, pimps, leaders in those communities and you will note the same material excess and self importance that young people learn to emulate.