LL Cool J made a song back in the day called ‘Around The Way Girl’. In they song, he basically paid homage to the everyday, neighborhood chicks around his way. If you listen to the lyrics, he outlines exactly what type of girl that is. For the most part I agree. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the Rosa Acosta, video vixen, King Magazine types just as much as the next man, but nothing does it for me more than seeing a chick who is almost effortlessly attractive. Whether it’s not having to wear a ton of makeup, or just simply being stylish in a way that most chicks aren’t. It’s just better when things come naturally. This is in no order, but below I’m going to list my Top 10 ‘Around The Way’ girls of all-time.
2. Teyana Taylor – For a long time I thought Teyana Taylor was funny lookin’ as hell. But then I realized she just has a really intriguing look about her. I don’t know if it was the hair, the strong facial features or how she dresses, but overall I like her style.
3. Solange – I’ll take her over her big sister any day. I mean, they look just alike to me, but we all know Beyoncé tries way harder.
4. Kid Sister – People sleep so hard on Kid Sister. Not just her music, but her overall swag. She’s cute and her style is definitely something different. Especially in comparison to other female emcees.
5. Zoe Saldana – She always looks super clean in everything I see her in and you can definitely tell she doesn’t cake makeup all over her face. I mess with Zoe.
6. Keyshia Cole – People always say things like “Keyshia Cole is a hood rat blah blah blah”, but truth be told, if Keyshia Cole wasn’t famous, I’m sure mad dudes would stop her on her way to the corner store.
7. Rasheeda – Now let’s be clear; her music sucks. But after being forced to watch numerous episodes of a terrible reality show with my girl, I can honestly say her look is growing on me. I was actually sold when I saw her crying and she was still cute! We all know that 99% of female cry faces are ugly. But for whatever reason, hers wasn’t.
8. Ananda Lewis – Y’all don’t even remember her. She was a host of shows on both BET & MTV. She’s been cold. I saw her on TV the other day and she still is.
9. Elle Varner – In addition to her music, I’m really digging her look. Tell me you couldn’t see her at church every Sunday or on your local college campus studying her ass off while everybody else is partying.
10. AJ Johnson – She’s an OG. For those who don’t know her, she played Jody’s mom on Baby Boy. Yea, her. She was the oldest, yet coldest chick in the entire movie. Damn shame. But it’s no surprise, she’s been dope since she played Sharane on House Party.
At the end of the day, this is just a little list I compiled. Ass & titties are cool, but if you noticed above, I didn’t mention either one. I’m really all about aesthetics. Things that can’t fade. Some of these ‘thick’ girls we rant and rave over, are either ugly in the face, have had work done to their bodies or are not too far from fat. The one thing all these chicks have in common is that they’re dope without really trying to be. I’ve seen them all without makeup and I was still impressed. I’m Chewy and I like what I like. And I’ll take the ‘regular’ looking chick over the ‘Vixen’ any day of the week.