Why can't I sag when it's just a style

from Lil B – I Hate Myself Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Saggin your pants doesn’t make you any sort of “stereotypical” person, it is just a style. Many people are criticized for the style of “saggin” their pants (basically exposing their boxers/wearing the jeans below the waist), and it’s seen by many as an attribute of low class because of its origins in the ghetto. Lil B here is saying that because he does that, you shouldn’t judge him, it’s just a style.

This also ties into a wider theme against which this song protests; the prizing of collective identity over individual identity. In a society wherein both oppressor and oppressed are concerned only by the social relativity of an individual, the ease with which one can be ‘labelled’ is paramount. Such constant comparison with others, and such rejection of personal needs unique to oneself, often results in feelings of inadequacy, resentment and self-hate. It doesn’t stop at sagging pants; this runs through the entire idea of material acquisition being the measure of a man.

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