HELLO… IT IS YOU I’M LOOKING FOR


I am currently really into the Kanye West Lionel Ritchie mullet. I know that everyone thinks it looks ridiculous and I’m completely aware that it, in fact, does, but this is why I like it: Kanye genuinely thinks it looks fresh because it fits into his particular aesthetic. He thinks everything he does is fresh. Anyone who can rock a near-jheri mullet and still maintain an element of swagger with NO self-consciousness whatsoever is kind of a genius to me. (A counterpart that comes to mind is Trouble Andrew, who pulls off his ballstacular personal style with a certain sense of irony that makes him seem not cool but, in fact, like the triple-crown winner of Mr. Douche Universe [2007, 2008 and 2009]. The key to not looking like a shithead is the utter guilelessness with which this look is pulled off. Also: epic personal hygiene.)
But this funny post actually had me questioning my assumed origin of the look: to me, this shit is 100% Lionel Ritchie “Hello” video, but Hey Bunny mentions 1986 El DeBarge. So I’m kind of wondering: where do you think Kanye got his hairdeas from?
Exhibit A. LIONEL RITCHIE “HELLO” VIDEO

Exhibit B. “RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT” ERA EL DEBARGE.

Exhibit C. MICHAEL JACKSON c. “BAD”

Exhibit D. TED DANSON AND THE CAST OF “CHEERS”


Exhibit E. PRINCE IN “PURPLE RAIN”

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4 Responses to HELLO… IT IS YOU I’M LOOKING FOR

  1. Alison says:

    That’s all Lionel…the original rude bwoy…well, not really, but you know…

  2. Birdseed says:

    Kanye is a man who knows his black music history, of course, considering the shit he’s sampled, so how about James Brown as another possible source? He’s sported variously sized mullets from time to time. In fact, there’s a picture of him from the fifties (which predictably I can’t find online) where he’s got exactly the Kanye mullet.

  3. jason tinkey says:

    holy crap, you’re still here.
    thank you.

  4. Roque says:

    Dude, Trouble Andrew looks like he’s rocking a radioactive Ring Pop.

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