In the late-80’s and throughout the 90’s, on the hip hop stage, we’ve always had a big dude representing: whether it was the Fat Boys; the late “Overweight Lover” himself, Heavy D; Biggie, who crooned, “I love it when you call me Big Poppa”; Fat Joe; or the current wearer of the heavyweight champion belt (pun intended), Rick Ross. But there has always been only one rapper small enough to literally fit into JJ Evans‘s goofy red, footed pj-onesies holding it down for the Slim Jims: Snoop Dogg.
Well, Snoop need no longer worry about his legacy in the underweight rhymer category. It seems like rap is mirroring that strange (and disturbing, to a greater degree) period in fashion in the mid-90’s in which models had to physically look like drug addicts–preferably heroin abusers and not, interestingly, crack users; emaciated (more so than the usual standards) frame and sickly pallor, and all.
Yes, of course, Snoop’s rail thin build is natural. If the appetite he displayed on his now-defunct reality show, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, is any indicator, Snoop’s actual drug of choice is the kind that only gives him the munchies.
With that said, it’s hard not to notice the new crop of rappers now vying to wear Snoop’s baggy white tank top: Whiz Khalifa (a Snoop doppelganger), the New Boyz (skinny jeans enthusiasts), Machine Gun Kelly, Yelawolf, and Tyga among them. These guys and their double zero (if that’s possible) body fat make Chris Brown look chunky.
And you better believe that body consciousness is also the province of even the most macho of rappers. Dr. Dre and Timbaland, and more recently, Fat Joe and Paul Wall (possibly, trying to get on the skinny jeans bandwagon) have all undergone dramatic, transformative weight losses.
In the battle of the bulge, I don’t know who’s winning in terms of sex appeal (although, my mother once traumatized me by advising that skinny men tended to be blessed in other places), but I’m sure we can all agree that like their overweight brothers, the Slim Jims need to keep their shirts on. Please. Snoop must still hold regrets over that unintentionally hilarious rape scene in Baby Boy in which he appeared in that saggy extra-small tank top.
Is it the time of the bony brothers?