Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Wee Papa Girl Rappers.
A couple of weeks before my 10th birthday, I asked my brother—who is, incidentally almost 10 years my senior—if he could buy me the new Kylie Minogue cassette. He said no straight off the bat, and basically took it upon himself to censor a lot of my poor tweenage musical choices. Wee Papa Girl Rappers, a young spunky girl duo from South London, were on his prescribed list, and it's to the sounds of their dubby anthem, "We Rule," that I celebrated that year.
Unlike Monie Love, twin sisters Total S and TY Tim Timmie didn't ever make it across the Atlantic, but for little girls like me growing up in London, WPGR were like a Salt N Pepa we could actually relate to. A lot of that boils down to their heavy dancehall influence, and the "We Rule" video shot in Kingston, is like the flagship to their style. Black culture in the UK is so hugely influenced by Jamaica that's its literally embedded in every single piece of slang on the street. Back then, it was about "bashment" styling, which meant crazy studded leggings, hyper colored hair extensions and name-plate belts like the ones sported in this video. Now every time I hear Rih Rih's "Rude Boy," a straight hip-hop-cum-dancehall concoction, all I can think is: what would the twins make of this!