If at first you don’t succeed — and happen to offend many people while not succeeding — try, try again. Or at least that’s what Forever 21 is going for with their latest attempt at hip-hop inspired T-shirts. The mass market retailer produced a line of tees last September that caused a spark of controversy over cultural appropriation. Forever 21 eventually pulled the shirts with logos like “City of Compton” and “N.W.A.” off of their website.
Their latest tribute to hip-hop targeted towards suburban mall shoppers features Biggie, Tupac, Kid ‘n Play and Snoop Dogg. While the images of Biggie counting money in his Coogi sweater and the Technicolor animal print of the Kid ‘n Play shirts are aesthetically awesome, there’s still something slightly off about a teenage girl buying a “Thug 4 Life” shirt right before she swings by Auntie Anne’s, especially since Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion) officially renounced his “thug” status in favor of Rasta and reggae and in 2012. The tees run for $15.80 each and you can shop them all at Forever 21’s online store.
Via Refinery 29