Why do rappers sag in their pants?
Everyday questionWhy are baggys hanging in the back of the knees?
For some, baggys are a crime against good style, for others an expression of freedom.
With the great fashion comeback of the 1990s, sweeping trousers hanging under the bum also celebrated their revival. But who actually came up with the idea of buying jeans a few sizes too big and pulling them so deep into their crotch?
The fashionable origin of baggy pants has not been clarified for sure, but a comprehensible theory has been around for decades:
It was rappers who at the end of the 80s wore more and more pants - supposedly to show solidarity with prison inmates.
In US prisons, prisoners are given a wide-fitting, standard-size uniform. In addition, belts are forbidden for safety reasons, so that the prisoner's clothing automatically slides lower.
The pants in the hip-hop subculture weren't always that big. In the 1980s, rappers, DJs and dancers were mainly seen in tight training pants that breakdancers (called b-boys) wore and guaranteed them freedom of movement. With the step in the back of the knees, acrobatic dance routines would be even more difficult to master.
Pants have been getting tighter in hip hop for years. Rappers like Wiz Khalifa (28) and ASAP Rocky (27) are big fans of skinny jeans, the opposite of the baggy. But due to the current revival of the 90s, it is considered casual again.
But there is also a counter-theory to the supposed origin of baggy in hip-hop culture: According to allegations, low-slung pants in prison can be a sign of sexual readiness.
In the meantime, inmate clothing has become tighter and baggy styles that are too loose have been banned in US prisons. A violation can be punished with an extension of the prison sentence. In some US counties, it is even illegal to wear low-rise pants in the open street. The showing of the underwear is considered to be a source of public nuisance.
Shortly after starting his first term in office, Barack Obama spoke out against a nationwide baggy ban because it was more important to "create jobs, improve schools, establish a health system and cope with the war in Iraq."
But he added, “The brothers should pull up their pants. You walk past your mothers and grandmothers in their underpants. What shoud that? Come on, some people may not necessarily want to see your underwear - I'm one of them. "
Ultimately, the baggy - like many pieces of clothing that young people (re) discover for themselves - is a sign of rebellion.
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