Anti-Saggy Pants Billboards Hit Dallas, Chamillionaire & Yung Joc Sound Off
The council kicked off its campaign to end the youth's hip-hop style yesterday (October 22), erecting billboards encouraging people to tighten their belts, according to the Associated Press.
The first two signs are located at the intersections of Interstate 45 and Lamar St., and Interstate 35E and Illinois Ave.
The campaign will include at least three different slogans, "Don't Be Lame Elevate Your Game," "Represent Yourself Like You Present Yourself," and "That's Not Hip-Hop That's Flip Flop."
Though the style isn't exclusive to hip-hop, some rappers are sounding off on the issue.
"You know you like to let it sag low, 'cause you like your pockets to be down by your knees and your belt to be right up under your ass, but don't have your bootie hangin out," Atlanta rapper Yung Joc said in a recent interview.
Dallas attorneys have expressed concern about potential challenges in enforcing a law dictating the way a person's clothes fit, saying the city may have trouble issuing fines. Houston rapper Chamillionaire agreed with that point.
"It's gonna be hard to enforce," Cham said during a prior interview. "How do you know how far is too much? That sounds crazy to me. What's next?"
Others, like rapper Rich Boy, think the issue shouldn't even be up for debate.
"I think it's really retarded. I feel like they're targeting a certain crowd just to give them more problems," Rich Boy added. "It ain't a violent situation ... doing harm to the public or nothing. If they're gonna change the way you dress around here, that's crazy."