So You Wanna Be Hardcore? Be “Straight Outta Dunwoody”

We all know that kid—the one who grew up in the suburbs but, with the assistance of some solid Lil’ Wayne lyrics, saggy pants, and a couple episodes of BET’s 106th & Park, creates just the right amount of caricature and stereotype to convince er’body in their solidly middle class “‘hood” that they’re harder than the average. Some (way too many, actually) buy it hook, line and sinker. If we grown folk are keen enough to catch the shenanigans, though, it’s always a good thing to remind the young Fresh Princes and Princesses that there’s absolutely nothing glamorous about growing up destitute with a foot on your neck, and trading in on stereotypes and caricatures to make yourself seem cool in the eyes of The Others is not only foolish, but devalues the plight of some of those in our community who are stuck and can’t find a way out.

Catch one in the act, and you could snatch him up by the neck and have a quick conversation with him about it. Or you can call up this video, “Straight Outta Dunwoody,”’s hysterical, cross-cultural smash-up of NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton.” A paean to suburban living, this will clear it right on up for the confused young chaps who think their skin color, well-placed pants and choice slang gives them license to claim ‘hood roots. It’s straight hilarity—and quite clever. (And shout out to the guys at, whose online video comedy sketches make me giggle just as hard as anything I’ve seen on; their October Pt. 2 sketch is pure foolishness!) Enjoy!

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. As someone who grew up in the never-ending suburbs of Fort Lauderdale this was great! We always clowned the people that thought they were “hard!”. I mean how hard can you be when your Mom sends you to Publix in the minivan and you live in a gated community???

    Man I needed this laugh! Thank you Denene.

  2. Kia Morgan Smith

    HILARIOUS! OMG!! Creative Genius!! Who are these guys? I love this. Me and my daughter were cracking up! Gated communities, sweater vests, ducks in the parking lot, sounds like suburban life to me! And I’m loving it! This is definitely what kids should be braggin about. Thanks for this video D!

  3. Oh my very very funny! So so funny!

  4. As a proud alum of Sandy Springs Middle School straight in the Dunwoody vicinity, I’m laughing til I cry…lol…

  5. I howled when I read this, reminds me of my youngest, trying to be a gangsta…ha!

    love it!


  6. Those kids are HILARIOUS! Love this post!

  7. I almost skipped over this thinking it was garbage…much props to these cats…love this

  8. Oh. My. Word! This was brilliant!

  9. These fools go to my school! Gotta love the Dormtainment guys….lol

  10. Very funny! I am really sick of people being fake hard. I grew up where it was hard and it was not fun. It is always glamorous from the other side of the tracks.

  11. Oh my goodness! This was so funny and so much like some of the kids in my suburban community. I loved the stopping for the ducks to cross…..hilarious!

  12. “golf is our sport”… I thought I was going to to burst laughing! It’s nice to see young men embracing their suburban roots.

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