We all, at one point or another, went through that phase. You know, when you acted like you were “ghetto.” It didn’t matter if you lived in a nice house, or if your parents were in a healthy relationship or not, all you wanted to do was dress, talk and act in what you perceived as ghetto.
Urban Dictionary defines this phase of acting ghetto as: “Kid whose dad makes $600,000 a year: Yo my n*gga, let’s go to that store, it ain’t got no a/c, that sh*t it ghetto!” Whether your parents actually made that much money or not, it was this false sense of the term “ghetto” that we all shared and strived to be assosiated with.
Here are 32 things that defined our “ghetto phase.”
Wearing an excessive amount of sweatbands
Wearing Tupac bandanas
Wearing G Unit white beaters.
Only rocking Timberland Boots
Carrying a chain wallet
Trying to pull off wearing Du Rags
Anything Phat Farm
Collecting G-shock watches
Wearing a plastic gold chain
Getting real Oakleys from your parents but telling your friends they’re fake
The baggier the pants, the cooler
Rocking Sean John clothes and considering them “nice”
Large hoop earrings for women
Stud earrings in the left ear (if you pierced the right it meant you were “gay”) for men
Getting fake tattoos
Growing long “fabulous” fingernails
Growing a chin strap
Rocking Air Force Ones
Owning anything Mecca
Hating when your parents got you Parental Advisory CDs
Downloading illegal rap songs
Getting your hair braided
Decking yourself out in basketball gear
Rocking winter hats (especially not in the winter)
Collecting (or stealing) Homies
Pretending you were Allen Iverson whenever you played ball
Thinking no one in the world was tougher than 50 Cent
Obsessing over anything having to do with “8 Mile”
Tyler Gildin is an NYC-based Stand Up Comedian and the Creative Director at Elite Daily. He is a Television Radio Film graduate from Syracuse University and performs at clubs and colleges all over the country. He’s been written up and interviewed in publications including Newsday, CBS New York, AOL Patch and SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. He once forgot to wear his underwear to school in 4th grade, and his mom came and brought them for him in a manila envelope. His teacher opened it in front of the class.
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