Where Did the Sagging Pants Trend Start?

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The popular trend of sagging pants began as a style in prison and made its way into pop culture through a number of young hip-hop artists. The rap artist Ice-T was one of the first celebrities to make this trend so fashionable.

It has been said that the trend was started in prison as a way to show fellow inmates that one was sexually available. There is no proof of this rumor. It is more likely that the reason men had sagging pants in prison is because the pants issued to them did not fit well. It is also rumored that men wore sagging pants to conceal weapons they were carrying.