The Bop

I’m going to start with a bit of family exposure here, and I apologise to my brother (well, one of them) for exposing him on my blog. (Don’t worry, bro, I’m not mentioning your name! :))

Okay, so one day my brother got out  of our dad’s car (I think he was meant to go into the house to get something) and all of a sudden I thought he was going to fall over, because there something odd going on with his legs as he walked.

It was a cross between a sway and a stagger and a bit of a wobble, and I shouldn’t have been surprised to see this dodgy walk, but the fact that our dad called out, “(brother’s name), is there something wrong with your legs?!” knocked some shock into my system. He was 13 (or maybe 14, I can’t remember now… I’m getting old!) and he’d caught the bop – the infamous weird walk that guys do, as though they’re being pinched in the behind!

(Yeah, my bro straightened up when our dad called out to him, but it didn’t stop him doing it when he wasn’t around!)

Now, fast-forward to several years later, there’s me in a metro station (this evening), minding my own business with my headphones in my ears, as is my usual custom, and through the crowd of people on the platform I get a little deja-vu as I spot the bop… this time it was two Egyptian guys who were caught. And if they were young, I wouldn’t have chuckled to myself the way I did tonight, but they looked well into their late 20’s or even early 30’s.

Seeing a 13/14 year-old walk in what some people think is a ‘cool’ way, is one thing, but what are 30 year-olds trying to prove? A peculiar sight, I tell you.

From London to Egypt… there are some things you just can’t escape. Not even the bop.

– The Londoner


Posted on January 2, 2011, in Ramblings, Thru The Londoner's eyes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Hahaha, your post made me laugh out loud! In southern California, “the bop” is called many things, including “pimp walk” or “pimp roll” that the urban dictionary defines as “A slightly controlled stagger on either the left or right leg that causes one to limp in such a way that others will notice him.”

    It is rampant amongst young kids who suddenly believe they are “too cool” and they need to walk slowly and with a limp so everyone can see just how cool they are. It’s also rampant amongst gangbangers in the area, although I never watch them long enough because, well, I’m afraid!

    You are so right! When you someone in their 20’s or 30’s do it, it’s downright funny. What DO they think they are proving? (Insert eye roll here!) Thanks for the laugh. I enjoyed reading your other posts as well!

    • Welcome to my blog Laila! 🙂

      Wait… the bop is also known as ‘pimp walk’? Oh my! Dodgy connotations there.

      Urban dictionary has got it on point – it is usually to get attention, but the attention isn’t always good. Not when it causes a girl to chuckle to herself in the metro station rather than being impressed by how low they can limp! Haha! Oh, I crack myself up.

      *shakes head* Deary me.

  2. Lol

    Subhan’Allaah sis .. that walk is certainly famous..

    I find the half way down trousers annoying .. pull them up will you boy ..

    Oh dear

  3. Ohhh you haven’t seen the bop my younger cousin has. He’s a hybrid, trying to be a bad boy and oh… my… God…the world stops and stares when he walks by because it is RIDICULOUS, even for a twenty-two year old.

    Maybe they’re just living their youth or re-enacting something they watched on TV!

    Welcome back to Cairo 🙂

    • Are you serious? Cairo bad-boys? Now THAT I’ve got to see. I love people-watching (and then blogging about it afterwards). He’d be semi-famous. 😀

      (And thanks, it’s great to be back! :))

  4. Nice one, 🙂

  5. lol that post made me smile!! Its weird how they think it makes them look cool!

    by the way nice blog mashAllah

  6. Yep I love social anthropology lol

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