11 Rappers Who Used to be Normcore


By Jules Muir

Unless you are part of the uber upper-echelon of cool, chances are you've only just (or never) heard of the latest fashion trend sweeping the hipster nation. It's called "normcore," essentially the fashion of trendy normalcy. Wearing mom jeans and turtlenecks is revered within the normcore community. These young hipsters are literally taking their grandpa's style, just like Macklemore warned in "Thrift Shop."

We should have seen it coming—for years people hipsters have sought out the blatantly uncool or obscure and made it "their own." It was only a matter of time before these Doc Marten-wearing 20-somethings shook down their parents for turtlenecks and New Balances instead of money to buy craft beer and Ray Bans.

One group who seems to be on the complete opposite side of the normcore spectrum is the rapper community. Expensive outfits, big chains, and lots of designer brands have been synonymous with rap for some time now. And as a rapper's fame grows, jewels only get brighter, chains get heavier, and outfits get even crazier.

This is the reason why we have taken it upon ourselves to rewind it back, way back. Back before the fame, back when outfits didn't cost 50k, back to when one chain, or even no chain was sufficient. Allow us to take you back to a humbling time, when rappers were a little bit more… normcore.

From Snoop Dogg to 2 Chainz, here are 11 rappers who used to be normcore.

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  • Devin Middleton

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Drake wins the most normcore points in this post.

  • akathezebra

    “Is Drake even allowed to be a rapper after this photo?” Rofl. Gold. Birdman… oh god.

  • Rob J Hyland Monks

    When I read ‘2 CHAINZ… ONE BOW TIE!!!’, it was pitch perfectly in 2 Chainz voice.

  • PigsAndPlans

    “Sweaters and jean jackets, that’s the shit that I was born for/Don’t call me Drizzy Drake, call me Aubrey Drake Normcore”

  • bobb1

    That’s Riff Raffs little brother, Viktor Simco…


    pretty sure that pic of riff is actually is bro victor

  • PigsAndPlans

    Changed to one with them both in it. Both normcore.


    I wanna bully the kid Drake used to be

  • tunechi

    lmao this is sooo funny

  • Lucifer

    No wonder maklemore rap about all that gay shit. He was brought up wearing dresses.

  • Keenan Maher

    im not convinced that that is kanye…

  • x97sfinest

    Drake, birdman, and kanye were spot on

  • PimpDaddyWiteBoy

    That pic is from his demo tape I think

  • TMCCoast

    First off you named yourself Lucifer, you’re totally down for “gay shit”. That’s, dare I say it, right up your alley. Second off how you can’t tell that a towel even with the shitty retro pic quality, beyond me.

  • Lucifer

    First off my name has nothing to do with me or how I feel about anything. And no ”gay shit” is not right up Lucifer’s alley seeing as a sexless creature would be well, sex less. Second of all how you can’t tell that I was joking and not really making an interrelation between what he wore in the picture and/or during his childhood with his sexuality or music is beyond me.

  • TMCCoast

    Lol I didn’t say Lucifer was gay. I said gay shit is right up your (Lucifer since you decided to go with that name that’s how you’ll be identified) alley, because in christianity that’s a sin a.k.a, Lucifers realm. I really don’t care if you’re gay/not. If you meant it jovially, you didn’t do a great job being “jovial”. Honestly just a bit of a M&RL fan and just over the “these niggas gay” thing.

  • Lucifer

    I know you didn’t say Lucifer was gay, you implied that he would be behind the advancement of homsexuality, which is not true. In scripture it is made perfectly clear that Lucifer is not the same being(at least by definition) as Satan(who by scripture is responsible) . And in christianity sin is not his realm either, it’s man’s. I did not mean it in a jovially or in a saturine way of speaking, it was more of a irreverent sarcastic comment. At least that was my cogitative. If you didn’t see it that way oh well.

  • noname

    “I think the only thing holding Game back from a career at Microsoft might be his face tattoo”….that baby mama tho….

  • fufag

    this article was dumb as fuck i want the 5 min of my life back

  • D.A.

    Just to give you a heads up about the Atlanta dresscode. If we are not wearing leather pants with long logo tees and snapbacks. we are wearing your standard polo shirt, with a pair of levis and probably a pair of polo boots, if not that, then a shark-fin suit with loafers by (insert high-end brand here we got at DSW).

    What you call normcore here, is a way of life where I’m at. 2 Chainz still will wear a suit if need be and pull those locs back into a pony tail.

  • http://facebook.com/albertanderson Albert Anderson

    Shoot. I’m 20, just ordered a pair of Doc Martens shortly before reading this article. Just realized my jeans are getting progressively mom-er. Guess this normcore is just seeping its way in.

  • connor

    how about this albert: can it you fcuking nerd

  • YouKnowWhat…..

    Funny article, you can’t hold someone’s childhood against them though, lol

  • http://www.google.com krossoverking

    Riff Raff is an ugly motha fucka.

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