The Dopeness: ‘Backstage’

*sigh*  The good ole days.   Rough, rugged & raw hip-hop days.  When baggy jeans and headbands were deemed fashionable in the mind of every rapper and fan who listened to them.  The Hard Knock Life Tour was documented in this film to show how dope it was.  It was ratchet and beautiful at the same time.  Despite seeing an unprecedented amount of Phat Farm jeans & two tone Du-rags, the film kind of makes you want to go back to that era of hip-hop or at least to one of the shows on that tour.  That’s of course avoiding any possibility of even THINKING about putting on a two tone Du-rag.  No, for real…that shit was ridiculous.  Like, look at your man’s…

Fuck is wrong with him?!  Why the face?  Oh, I know. ….. It hurts, doesn’t it?  To carry such struggle cloth on your head.  I feel you.  It’s a painful thing.  That still don’t mean you gotta bite your lips, you lame.  I’m off it though.

Moving on from that fuck boy.  The Hard Knock Life Tour was special.  It was Roc-a-Fella, Ruff Ryders & Def Jam hitting the road & the stages together night after night.  Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman, Beanie Sigel, Ja Rule, Memphis Bleek, DJ Clue?, Amil and appearances by Busta Rhymes, Eve, Swizz Beats & Puff Daddy.  And then you had Dame Dash running around like always.  You can see DMX bringing his pit bulls into 5-star hotels with zero fucks to give, Jay-Z mopping everybody’s ass up in dice games, Meth & Red being Meth & Red and ugly ass groupies being fondled by a group of thugs.

Jay-Z is also seen decking some girl in the face softly.  To me, Jay poked fun at that “hoe” in 99 Problems 4 years later.  But he quickly disguises it by claiming the “hoe” reference was directed to a man.

Now, once upon a time not too long ago, a nigga like myself had to strong-arm a hoe.  This is not a hoe in the sense of having a pussy…but a pussy having no goddamn sense, trynna push me. – Jay-Z in 99 Problems

Very clever, Jigga.  But I know you already.  You and your little subliminals intertwined with double entendres can’t fool ME anymore.  You were definitely making fun of this:

Notice Hov’s shirt.  White tee sleeve poppin’ out.  Smh.

Anyway, it’s fun to watch what happens on a big Hip-Hop tour.  Especially since there aren’t many.  Quite frankly, there just isn’t enough unity in Hip-Hop anymore for something like this to ever happen again.  Sure, an artist can bring a whole bunch of people out.  But it’s usually solo artists.  Think about it.  What are the chances of there being a tour with all the crews out now?  G.O.O.D. Music, Young Money, Maybach Music Group, Shady (1.0 & 2.0), Grand Hustle & Roc Nation (solely for the purpose of having Jay-Z).  No matter how you cut it, it’s hard to imagine at least 3 of these on 1 tour together.  It’s funny how skinny jean wearing hipsters have more beef than former hustlers wearing Karl Kani & Iceberg.  Shit sucks, yo.

I’m glad those two tone Du-Rag days are over in a way though.  Unless you’re located in Brooklyn.  Y’all are probably still hitting up clubs with baggy jean jackets, ‘jorts’ and struggle cloth under over sized fitted caps.

Whoever spots one of em, pull your camera out IMMEDIATELY! …….Secretively.

Thank You, Goodnight.  *goes Kayaking in Hudson River*

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