17. "RE: That's what it **became** though." In response to Reply # 16
Initially it meant obsessive groupie type. The sort of uncritical-thinking "superfan" that says, "I love everything by (rapper/band/singer) because they made it!" This person is very stupid and deserves to be called on their lack of critical thinking.
Then it became a weak retort for someone who had nothing intelligent to offer. First person: "I like something because of (well explained reasoning)." Person that disagrees but can't articulate why: "Okay, Stan!"
originally was a term of endearment during the "conscious" era signifying someone who was into "real" or "true" hip-hop
it was used because of the use of backpacks by graffiti artists (for carrying cans of pant) and by folks who would carry lots of underground/independent tapes for sale or as free giveaways difficult over time it became a derisive term used by folks who were making hip-hop for more commercial and/or less artistic reasons on some "oh you must be one of those backpackers"
as with most slang terms (and totally unlike "stan" or "ether" where we can pinpoint) its hard to actually know who coined the term originally
15. "Its safe to say that Stan was popularized by the internet..." In response to Reply # 0
...obviously Eminem coined the phrase but the internet made it what it is.
As far as the term backpacker, Kids that were into underground NY hip hop in the mid 90's would rock a backpack, it was the style then. It later grew a more negative connotation towards those same kids...
the term stan is a clever means of pointing out someone is the proverbial "devil"
also backpacker is a clever way of saying someone has "things" in the "back" of them, and "packs" them...aka GAY
hip hop of the late 90's and early 00's was dedicated to the eradication of devils and gays, hence the "predictive programming" of these terms into the culture leading to okayplayer analyzing the these sublime and mysterious terms years later
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