The American Flag

stankonia Change the color, adjust the size. The American flag still represents one thing: America. The idea of patriotism is something that has plagued Hip-Hop – to the point where treason appeared to be the better option. As the landscape of the American government approaches change, perhaps so shall the impression of the American flag. From the ’80s and into the early ’90s, the American flag was a favored part of fashion. This was all due to the “pretty boy” era – where Polo shirts and rugbies were perfect with a pair of Timbs. Ralph Lauren logos included tiny American flags and often shirt designs were chock full of flags. As the distrust in the government grew, those shirts met the Salvation Army. Then the flag burning began, where even Lil Jon was burning a flag on his first album cover along with Dead Prez at their live shows. Then the colors changed – from Outkast black and white to red, black, and green.  One thing remains constant – 50 stars and 13 stripes. What’s next?


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