Snap-Backs And Skinny Jeans at 40
there are a lot of cool 40-year-olds. probably more than there ever have been. but what makes a man cool at 20 is not the same as what makes him cool at 40. some of the lines are blurred when it comes to pop stars, as they have about an added ten year window of wearing tight pants that most 40-year-olds are not granted. fine. designer jeans usually come in fitted sizes, and there’s no way around groin-stranglers in the world of high fashion.
in the above photo, hov has finally assumed the true role as Mike Jordan Of Rap by choosing terrible jeans. the color tones are fine but the fits are way off, and he is unsure about how baggy to wear this pant with that top combo so it looks as if the sweater might just float off of him. plus, that face he’s making…
hov has never been famous the way that he is famous now, where he can’t leave the house without being photographed. one way that he was able to maintain a veneer of cool for this many years while being an above-average-awkward guy was by choosing his spots. now that we have to see hov’s taco meat on the sands of the riviera or his belly fat on a luxury yacht or his neck trying to swallow his face during a candid shot, there is actually no way for him to remain cool. the way his face moves belies any smoothness in his rhymes. while that’s not his fault, it is the world we live in, of ceaseless images and coverage. jay has never been photogenic, so to speak, but this level status (still, arguably, the globe’s brightest rap icon) has given him exposure that is unkind to his image, to put it mildly.