Back To The Future: How Hip Hop Grew An Obsession With The Cult Classic Film

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If you’re a fan of the famous movie series, Back To The Future, then today is a big day for you. Today is October 21, 2015, which is the same day that Marty McFly traveled years into the future to see what happened to him and his future family. Not only was the world obsessed with all of the futuristic things that appeared in the film, from the hover boards and instant meals, but hip hop took pieces from that as inspiration for their own music and style. With today being deemed Back To The Future day from the sequel film, we take a look at hip hop’s growing obsession with the cult classic film.

Whether it’s sporting some of the gear from the films, or creating music themed after the events that went down, hip hop artists aren’t shy to show their standom for Back To The Future. Before his fame, and deal with MMG, rapper Wale teamed up with 9th Wonder to release a body of work titled after the movie, with artwork of the two of them as cartoons, standing in front of the same time machine. As far as the music front, A$AP Rocky was also another fan of the movie in hip hop, as he titled one of his very first songs after the film, where he talked about being “on that Marty McFly.”

See more example of hip hop’s obsession with Back To The Future on the following page.

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The DeLorean, the car used as the time machine in the movie, has made multiple appearances in the music videos of rappers from today. While Rockie Fresh used the vehicle for his “Into The Future” visuals, Fabolous took things a step even further, featuring not just the DeLorean in his “You Made Me” visuals, but also dressed up like Marty McFly when he visited the future. He even sported the classic Nike shoes that Marty wore, which were self-lacing when one pressed a button on the side. Kid Cudi has even referred numerous times to the same shoes, sharing how they have inspired him as an artist, copping a pair that he wore on Conan once during a guest appearance.

While many of the futuristic ideas from the Back To The Future sequel have not come to fruition there are a few that seem to be closer than anything else. While Marty McFly was flying around the city on his hover board, which replaced his actual skateboard, we are getting closer now with the new sky boards taking over the nation. Although the sky boards don’t hover, they do replace walking for many people, and just about every hip hop star has been spotted using one, with Chris Brown even doing dance routines on it. Even Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj rode one together in their “All Eyes On You” music video earlier this year. Although the day will come and go, the hype around Back To The Future will stay pretty prominent, especially in hip hop culture.

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