10 Reasons Music Lovers Should Avoid Urban Outfitters

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7. At Urban outfitters, rap ended in 1996.

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Photo courtesy Jonathan Patrick

Run-DMC, A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious B.I.G., Dre, Tupac . . . the list goes on and on. Save for a few exceptions, anything and everything concerning rap at UO ends with gangsta rap's golden days. There's no backpack-era underground stuff (think Kool Keith, Company Flow), and there's certainly no substantial show of Southern rap (Lil Wayne, Ludacris) or nu-rap. I think I might have seen a Kanye West and/or Outkast item -- so at least they snuck some conscious, white-friendly rappers in there, too.


8. With respect to hip-hop, Urban Outfitters is a graveyard.

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Courtesy of Jonathan Patrick

At UO, hip-hop culture is reduced to drug abuse, death, and incarceration. Jail bars, skulls, and unsavory quotes are the barebones surface features that represent rap at Urban Outfitters. Worst of all, practically every piece of hip-hop merchandise offered here highlights -- nearly glorifies -- death. Yes, we get it: Lots of rappers died in virtue of their craft. But this is something to mourn, not glorify.


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21 comments
Blooga
Blooga

Well all those hot topic kids had to have somewhere else to go....

Darren Kissinger
Darren Kissinger

Really thinking who gives a crap and why are you posting this? I think highly of the NT but this seems like your posting this because there's nothing better to post!

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Any uo employee. "Who's Ian Curtis?"

James Kufeldt
James Kufeldt

Call me a heretic but dark side was a ground breaking album. While I dig the psych stuff, most of the music after dark side had no heart and that's coming from gilmour. "We don't need no education." Perfectly illustrates one of the things that went wrong with hippie culture.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Que es urban outfitters, pora gringos?

Benjamin Pyper
Benjamin Pyper

Never buy vinyl or turntables there. They do have some rad ass shirts sometimes.

Dave Scrod
Dave Scrod

One reason everyone should avoid Urban Outfitters: it fucking sucks.

Aron Burrell
Aron Burrell

I've never shopped there never plan to. Bur what the fuck happened to objective journalism

sahamlin171
sahamlin171

This article is suspiciously lame....why? What do you know about anything you just said?

Jay Substation
Jay Substation

"... is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash culture bent for capital gain..." cool writing that seems to be right on point

Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

Easy solution on the vinyl and vinyl playback. 1) buy your vinyl at Stinkweeds, Tracks-in-wax, Revolver, and the bi-monthly record shows at the Italian-American Club. 2) buy an inexpensive, vintage turntable (and receiver) at Stinkweeds. 3) for a more sophisticated turntable (with free setup), go around the corner and visit Arizona Hi-fi. End of story.

boingo
boingo

What a pretentious bunch of claptrap (I'm talking about this article, not Urban Outfitters).

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