Does anyone else cringe a little when they see someone walking down the street with a shirt that has a trendy saying on it like “#yolo” or “swag”? no? just me? Seriously though, if you’re one of those people, stop it, instead, head over to the website rapshirtsforwhitepeople.com for a hilarious hip hop inspired graphic tee. The creator of the clothing line, Tim Blount, takes slightly offensive lyrics from various different rap and hip hop songs, and alters them to say something stereotypically “white”. When the site first launched, it received mixed reviews as many people found the stereotyping offensive. Writer for Complexmag.ca, James Harris didn’t seem to see the humour in these shirts as he wrote
“…isn’t it weird that the shirt that says ‘My Self-Respect Brings All the Boys to the Yard’ which, being for white people, implies that the positive notion of self-respect is exclusive to its white wearer? If these are shirts for white people, then what does it assume shirts for non-white people would say? Regardless of what you think or what slander you leave in the comments, there’s no getting around the fact that you kinda suck if you wear these, but at least you’ll start a conversation as you puff out your chest in a Rap Shirt for White Person tee (now sleeveless) and bellow for another Natty Light.”
But with a simple tweet, rapshirtsforwhitepeople set the record straight that their clothing isn’t meant to offend anyone, it’s all in good fun. On top of that, 100% of the proceeds made on each shirt go to charity. I know what you’re thinking, that’s what they all say, right? But check out the website; under each tee is a link that says “cop this shirt”. Once you click the link, you will see that each shirt is based on a different charity, and the way they’re chosen is pretty ingenious.
All proceeds for the “I got 99 problems but getting a cab ain’t one” go to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.
Meanwhile, all proceeds from the shirt that plays on Juveniles “back that ass up” “you’s a fine venture capitalist won’t you back my startup” go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. See what they did there? Not only are you investing in a hilarious tee, but you can help fund the charity of your choice. For more information, or to browse through their selection, visit their website at rapshirtsforwhitepeople.com