The Evolution of the Shirtless Rapper [Gallery]

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Back in the day, if a rapper dared take his shirt off it was because he had enough ab muscles to back the move up. But these days a six-pack seems to be a thing of the past, with pudgy rhymeslingers like Rick Ross and Waka Flocka Flame, to list a few, and stick-figure types like Machine Gun Kelly, among others, baring it all in the name of performing.

"I started that," Waka tells XXL. "Before wasn’t nobody taking they shirt off. They thought it was for R&B niggas. I’m a fat boy. I got what skinny niggas dream about having: extra weight."

Atlhough Waka Flocka takes credit, there have been many others before him that have engaged in the all-too-familiar strip tease. From LL Cool to Fat Joe to Big Sean, XXL’s Good Life presents a gallery of shirtless rappers throughout the years. Take your shirt off, twist it 'round your head...Gina Montana

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Tyler's no longer bound to his deal with XL Records.

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"'Wolf' is the first of his albums to be released via a distribution partnership between Odd Future and Sony."

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T.I. “Drug Related” The Leak (2006)

T.I. “Drug Related” The Leak (2006)

“Why I’m trappin? Cause it’s the only job with fair taxes/ Keep a nigga tight to death in polos and air maxes”

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BET Awards 2008 - Show

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"I got paper like loose leaf Come over here and maybe you can get a few sheets / My body's unique like the Sistene chapel / Fresh, six green apples"

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NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Waka Flocka attends DJ Prostyle's Birthday Bash at B.B. Kings on April 26, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

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BET Awards '11 - Show

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Rapper Ace Hood performs onstage during the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

© Geordie Wood 2011 www.geordiewood.com geordiewood@gmail.com 781-820-4555

© Geordie Wood 2011 www.geordiewood.com geordiewood@gmail.com 781-820-4555

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