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Bye Bling



Slick never got the memo that not only are the '90s over but so are the '80s. He's the embodiment of hip-hop excess (and bad behavior; the dude spent five years in prison for attempted murder). He's become a reformed citizen since his jail time, but Slick Rick is still Bling Offender Number One

Bye-Bye, Bling: A Recessionary Note to Rappers Everywhere

Yo, my hip-hop brothers, some words of wisdom: These are hard times. Don't know if you heard, but we're in a recession. People are losing their homes. Folks' retirement funds are tanking. People are pawning their jewelry for gas money. Two of the biggest songs of the year have bee Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop" and Lorde's "Royals," both odes to a simpler, thriftier lifestyle. It's time to reel in the bling.
The days of '90s excess are over and out. All the gold ropes and gold teeth have got to go. You need to trade them in for cash and then hold on to it. Stuff it in those high-tops until the banks are safe again. No more shopping sprees. No more Hummers. No more Cristal. Back to basics, folks. You are not immune. Your record label could go belly-up like Lehman Brothers did, and you may find yourself standing behind Joe the Plumber at the check-cashing joint.
Yes, you've all come a long way from the days of Mr. T-level bling, but you've got many more miles to go. Pull off the gold chains and bring on the humility. Get yourself a Prius. Carpool to the next "VH1 Rap Honors" show. Recycle those kicks instead of tossing them after the first scuff mark. Yes we can, my hip-hop brothers. Yes we can.
Here are five of the worst offenders. I'm calling these folks out so they can step up and lead the way for the rest of the hip-hop nation. Do the right thing. - By Shawn Amos