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Apparently, Summer Jam is a big deal. It must be, or they wouldn’t have called me, Yung Pasty, to weigh in all the way from the hip-hop nexus of Portland, Oregon. I’ve never listened to Hot 97, but don’t worry, I used to listen to Jammin’ 95.5 all the time. Luckily, though I may be unfamiliar with the cultural relevance of the annual concert, I am well-versed in laughing at the hella wack fashion choices of rap music's elite. Honestly though bros, if we can get introspective for a sec, I’m conflicted. On the one hand, I think it’s good for hip-hop, fashion and the greater popular culture to have these young dudes innovating. On the other hand, they mostly look like ass clowns. Back to the other hand, isn’t that the freedom stardom affords you? To wear whatever and give negative fucks what anyone thinks? And, finally, back to the other hand, who the fuck is Kid Ink? Damn, is it just me or are those last few sentences 100x more thoughtful than the subject matter demands? I’ll leave the considered evaluation to real writers. Let’s look at the 10 most, uh, "intriguing" looks on stage at Summer Jam.