Is there a universally accepted Eastside/East Coast hand sign?

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Is there a universally accepted Eastside/East Coast hand sign?

Unread post by soljakid » June 1st, 2009, 4:02 pm

i got a question that been light weight buggin me... anybody that wanna answer/respond, its appreciated... DO ANYBODY feel that theres a way to throw up an 'east COAST' hand sign? u know how west coasters got the 'W' hand sign for west SIDE, or west COAST. can u throw up an east SIDE hand sign for east COAST? or is there any widely acceptable hand sign for east COAST that anybody knows/heard about? or maybe even somethin not WIDELY acceptable, but a hand sing thats used for east COAST that youve either seen, or heard of? responses appreciated, once again.

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Unread post by Gold4Life » June 28th, 2009, 2:24 pm

soljakid wrote:i got a question that been light weight buggin me... anybody that wanna answer/respond, its appreciated... DO ANYBODY feel that theres a way to throw up an 'east COAST' hand sign? u know how west coasters got the 'W' hand sign for west SIDE, or west COAST. can u throw up an east SIDE hand sign for east COAST? or is there any widely acceptable hand sign for east COAST that anybody knows/heard about? or maybe even somethin not WIDELY acceptable, but a hand sing thats used for east COAST that youve either seen, or heard of? responses appreciated, once again.

I think you got us there, man. I actually talked with one of my homies out in NY about this and his comment is basically this:

West and East SIDE is about GANGS, so it all depends what city you're talkin about. The fact is, for the most part, if you throw up a W or an E on a street corner, people are gonna assume your talking about gangs, West Side or East Side, not coasts.

West and East COAST is about MUSIC for the most part (and geography of course). So what happened was you had the East Coast (NY) which at the time was the big center for most of the Rap (hip-hop) shit that was happening. But on the west coast you had a different thing evolving which would come to be known as Gangsta Rap, which was much different than the shit people were spitting on the East. It was easy to see that the type of shit west coast rappers were wanting to rap about (the real shit, the shit they experienced which happened to be some gangster shit) was way different than the shit people out east were rapping about (just keeping the audience hyped and whatnot), and so you had a culture split. People out west didn't want to identify with the East Coast rap. So borrowing from gangster culture and flashing hand signs in videos (using the West SIDE hand sign) gangster rappers on the West Coast sent a strong message: "This is the west, the West Coast. We do things differently. We do shit gangsta." There was no similar reply from the east.

So as far as coasts, the West Coast hand signal was a stylistic gesture evolving naturally from this budding form of music. The East Coast (apparently) never felt a need to respond, so no where that we've seen is there evidence of someone using an East Side hand signal to refer to the East Coast in a similar way.

So if you're makin a rap video, you are from the east coast and you want to throw up an E, be my guest, but as far as I know no one has done that because, more or less, it just throws the West Coast's shit right back in its face, because it was the West Coast which came up with merging Rap music with the Gangsta lifestyle in the first place. (I know I'm gonna get a lot of angry replies from East Coasters who dispute this, but they are just sore losers. Better luck next time.) But, like I said, be my guest, I'm not sure how much harm it would really do.

On the other hand, you should probably never throw up an E in public because you may get shot by someone thinkin you're from the east side of town and tryin' to show off...

So in answer to your question, I just WOULDN'T USE IT. Sorry, but that's how it is.

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Unread post by alexalonso » August 22nd, 2009, 11:29 am

who cares about a hand sign for east coast or west coast?

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Re: Is there a universally accepted Eastside/East Coast hand sign?

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