Kelis: A Swagger Jumper
According to the Urban Dictionary, a Swagger Jacker is “someone who steals someone else’s style, flow, lyrics, ideas and passes them off as there own”.
According to AHLOT, a Swagger Jumper is someone who starts a trend and almost never gets the proper credit for it.
Hmm… I never thought the day would come when everybody (three years later) would rock a look that Kelis started and she wouldn’t get the proper credit.
Maybe I’m trippin’, but it seems as if everybody has one side of their hair shaved off. Not just that, but its mad past due.
The same thing happened with N.E.R.D. and the skateboard scene, DipSet with the skulls and chains, Kanye with the LV bookbag and blazer and Jay-Z with his flow/breathing tactics (some would argue that), or even the classic “button up” trend.
It seems as if being a “Swagger Jumper” is less creditable than being a “Swagger Jacker.”
No disrespect to the women pictured above, but I find it quite shocking when I’m in the hair salon and chicks are like, “I want that Rihanna look,” or “Girl, I think I want to shave my hair off like Cassie.” ::Laughs::
I’m all for the science behind trends, but I’m also for people getting their props. I guess I’m from the old school.
Well, what do you think? Are the people who give the jump start to a trend ever really given their proper appreciation?