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The Epidemic of Swag

July 10th, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 

I originally made this article for ChiGround.com

Every few years in hip hop a new trend takes over the industry. This new style, phrase, or ideology starts out as fresh and refreshing. Then after all of the cool people use it, it gets prostituted out by the “Mr. Me Too” crowd. After that, the new trend goes Hollywood all the way to the point that old people use it to try to look hip. Think I’m lying? Whatever happened to the Crunk Movement? (Sorry Lil John Crunk is dead) If you walk around with a throwback jersey now you will look lamer than someone who rocks P. Miller gear from Wal-Mart. What is hot one minute usually get stale the next. Sadly the new problem in hip hop is the term “Swag” and everything that goes with it.

Now before I go in on this I want to note it is nothing wrong with having a swagger in what you do. The Dictionary defines swagger as strutting around in a proud way or to brag boastfully about personal accomplishments. I think swagger is a mixture of charisma and the ability to trend set. Going by those two definitions Jay-Z has swagger. Bill Gates has swagger. Honestly even George Jefferson has swagger, I mean he did have the meanest strut on television. Those people are examples of people how made their own path. Swagger should be about how you stand out from everyone else. Swagger is the ability to make things cool when no one is doing it. It should not matter if other people think you got swag or not. Swagger is natural. If you have to tell somebody that you have swag then you probably don’t. Telling yourself that you have swag in the mirror five times does not mean you will have swag. This is not Candy Man. Swagger when used right should display your uniqueness. It should not mean look and act exactly like your favorite rapper on TV.

What is worse than that is all of the people that now judge Rap Artist by how much “Swag” they have instead of how good their music is. As Grade A of the Cartel (TMC) says, Swag is not a talent! I was at one show recently where the artists had a swag competition. How can you have a swagger competition? This movement has gotten so bad that people connect swagger with a person’s outfit. The next time you compliment a man’s swagger ask yourself this question. “Am I really judging another grown man by the way he is wearing his clothes?” I like most of Kanye West’s music but that does not mean I’m about to wear extra medium shirts and jeans because of it. That looks suspect in my book. You should not be worried about how another man dress. Not even the term “No Homo” can protect you from that “Pro Homo” activity.

Now please don’t get it twisted, I am not saying don’t use the word swag. Just know what it means when you use the phrase. If you do you will realize it is getting played out like people saying “getting Jiggy with it.” I know plenty of artists who use the phrase swagger and are good friends of mines. I just think that it is getting over used. You can have swag without having to say the word. Let the phrase breath. Think of it this way, if everyone in the world says they have swag wouldn’t that make your swag watered down?

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Update 7/10

July 10th, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 
Twitter.com/NinoPunchlines

Twitter.com/NinoPunchlines

I would just like to thank everyone on the Net and on the Street for supporting “Nightmare on Lexington Street.” We are not done pushing it however. Be on the lookout for some extras for the project and maybe even a video or two for some of the songs on the Project. You can download Nightmare by going here

Also I am currently writing plenty of music for different projects some of which will be released next week. I plan on having a few mini projects to build up anticipation for my “EP” Habitual Line Stepper. At the moment I am looking for production so if you have heat by all means holla at me by dropping a line at NinoPunchlines@yahoo.com

Be on the look out for some new Performance Videos from me in the next few days as well.

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“New Mixtape” Nightmare on Lexington Street

April 5th, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 

Here it is “Nightmare on Lexington Street” Hosted by Stretch1. Download-> Nino Punchlines and Philosopha Presents: Nightmare on Lexington Street
Nightmare on Lexington Street

I would just like everyone who had a part in making this Mixtape! We put our heart and soul into this Project!

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“New Music” Finish

April 4th, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 


Leak #3 off of “Nightmare on Lexington Street” Download ——–>>> Nino Punchlines and Philosopha – Finish
The Nightmare drops this Tuesday(4/6) so look out!

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Hip Hop Congress Block Party at NIU Spring 09

March 28th, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 


I always love performing at my Alma Mater NIU! This show was fun despite the light rain that day. Hopefully next time I come out there it will be nice and sunny. Shouts out to NIU’s Hip Hop Congress and BIC.

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“New Music” Moonlight

March 28th, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 

Nino Punchlines and Philosopha
This is the second leak off of “Nightmare on Lexington Street that is due out on Wednesday!

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“New Music” Nino Punchlines & Philosopha Explosive

March 22nd, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 

Philosopha and Nino Punchlines
It is only right for me to introduce Explosive as the first music post on NinoPunchlines.com since Explosive is the 1st Leak from “Nightmare on Lexington Street”. Be on the lookout for the Mixtape to be coming out soon!

Click here Explosive to download.

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Update

March 22nd, 2010    Posted in Uncategorized
 

I would just like to thank all of the fans who have been patient with me as got this site off the ground. Be on the look out for steady content from Nino Punchlines starting today!

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NinoPunchlines.com

August 27th, 2009    Posted in Uncategorized
 

Welcome to NinoPunchlines.com!
HOME OF ALL THINGS NINO RELATED!!!

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