Transcendental Pop Culture Project Nadim Mustafa


“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes…” Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Russell Westbrook is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City thunder. He is a six time NBA All-Star and a two time NBA All-Star game most valuable player. Westbrook played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and earned his team all-conference honors. He was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Seattle Supersonics who then relocated to Oklahoma City.

In 2015 Russell Westbrook wore a flower pattern sleeveless shirt with tights. Westbrook with hands down has the the wildest fashion sense in the NBA. If this were any other athlete seen in such outrageous clothes they would be roasted for the poor choice in clothing but since Russell Westbrook always dresses different it is seen as normal. I think Russell Westbrook is a non-conformist because he does not care what other people think about him. He wears things that other people think or crazy but it makes him feel different.

Self reliance

"Society everywhere is a conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.. self reliance is it's a aversion." Self-reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rapper and producer Kanye West is well known for his Grammy winning music, successful fashion line controversial antics. Kanye west music blends the gangster ethos with his own nerdy persona making hip pop that was once deeply about drugs and gangs a lot more fun. Today Kanye West is very popular, he has his own brand with adidas, and still makes music. Kanye West is a very complicated person he is full of contradictions, he is arrogant but self-deprecating, materialistic but religious, very rude but also sensitive

Kanye West is all over the news for controversies he does, for his fashion, or his music, and even for his lack of respect for the paparazzi. Critics laughed at Kanye for his fashion because they thought it would go nowhere. Kanye's fashion line got him out of his $53 million dept. Kanye believes in his self, if he wants anything done he'll get it done. According to Kanye he has one enemy, His ego. Kanye west continues to run his wild thoughts on his time line. I believe Kanye is self-reliance because he believes in himself and doesn't take no for an answer.

Importance of nature

"In the words to, a man cast off his years, as a snake his slough, And At what period So ever of life is always a child" importance of nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. Leonardo began his career by appearing in television commercials in the early 1990s, after which he had recurring Rolls in various television series. In 1993, he began his film career. Leonardo DiCaprio is also an active environmentalist, he has narrated five nature documentaries. 

Leonardo DiCaprio has become one of the worlds top climate change environmentalist. DiCaprio used his acceptance speech for best actor to urgent global audience to reject the "politics of greed", and support leaders are going to take action against climate change. The Oscars was probably the biggest audience to date to the capitals activism. It is pretty obvious to see Leonardo DiCaprio's importance of nature, he is an active environmentalist and wants us all to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Favoring intuition over reason

"That man is rich who's pleasures are the cheapest." Journals 1856, Henry David Thoreau 

Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper and songwriter. He embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot releasing a mix tape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label top dawg entertainment.

Kendrick Lamar likes the simple things in life. In 2013 kendrick but a moderately priced house at half $1 million. The man is worth a whole lot more, but his humble traits caused him to buy the home. Kendrick Lamar favors institution over reason because he believes that we do not need flashy things in life.

Simplified life

"Live your life. Do your work. And then take your hat" Conscience Henry David Thoreau 

Gucci mane is an American hip-hop recording artist from Atlanta Georgia. in 2007 Gucci mane founded 1017 records and is also known for helping pioneer the hip-hop sub genre trap music.

Gucci mane live a relatively simple life, he makes music and collect paychecks. I believe Gucci mane likes to live a simple life because he does not show up in the media a lot, he's low-key. 


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