This video has been circulating the web since last week and features an upcoming rapper, DPhil Spanglish wearing lipstick and woman’s leggings calling it the “XY MOVEMENT”. While speaking to his local news channel, he went into detail about the “movement” and recently tweeted similar sentiments:
XY is about self growth and a better understanding of humanity. The only way to truly be XY is to let go of things that hold u back. Hence, my fashion choices. That’s what the fuck I wanted to do, but my fear of what ppl would say was holding me back, but then I did it. Now that I got rid of that fear, I can truly let God take control and express thru my art. That’s the whole point. I’m growing as a human.
Recently, this topic has been coming up a lot in hip-hop. Rapper Lil Wayne hit the MTV stage a couple months back wearing women’s leggings and causing an internet firestorm. Kanye West is currently on tour wearing what looks to be a leather skirt or kilt, he also wore a woman’s blouse during Coachella this past Summer.
Back in the late 60s and early 70s rocker David Bowie pushed boundaries with his stage persona Ziggy Stardust – doing similar things like wearing women’s makeup and clothing. He also proclaimed to have started the “Bisexual Chic” trend in the late 70s. Many other artists like the late great Michael Jackson to the talented Prince have also donned women’s clothing items. However, this boundary certainly hasn’t been crossed much in hip-hop/rap, especially in the mainstream realm.