A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 18, 2008
Southside Fade (haircut)

The “Southside Fade” is a “fade” haircut that is short on the bottom and progressively thicker on the top of the head. “Southside” means the south side of Houston, Texas, where this haircut is popular.
Another popular regional “fade” haircut is the “Brooklyn Fade.”
Rap Dictionary
southside fade
A fade is a hairstyle. Usually in Texas, people get fades to represent where they are from, the southside. A fade that is usually on the front/top of the head.
Urban Dictionary
a hair cut. ball fade. southside Gs all roll with a ball fade or braids. keepin the line tight refers to keepin the fade clean. theres alot of different kind of fades, ball fade bein the most popular. you want to be a baller, hit up your barbershop ask for ball fade, 2 on top. keep the line tight dog.
let my top down and let the sun hit the fade. -big moe
these boys gon feel us wit our braids and fades. boys gon feel us, boys gon feel us. -ESG
by b-dub Dec 17, 2003
How to Give a “Fade” or “Faded” Haircut Hair Cut for Males
A “Fade” or “Faded” Hair Cut is one that is very short on the bottom and progressively gets longer towards the top of the head. People can save money by cutting there friends or families hair without getting those unattractive layer lines that occur once you change guard sizes on the clipper during a haircut (sometimes called a “mushroom” cut).
Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) Collegian
Team cuts hair to build unity
Ashley Holloway
Issue date: 2/22/07
Kansas Wesleyan University’s Mohawk may have given them Mr. T appeal, but the men’s basketball team has a new look thats got heads turning.
“It grows on you,” said Sarah Abu Hisara, business senior.
“At least they’re doing something as a team,” said Nique Wallace, education senior.
Bald on three sides with a small faded patch of hair in the front, it’s called the Southside fade.
It started when Sheldon Brown, guard, gave Tim Moore, forward, a haircut in his Wallingford bathroom. The rest is history.
“It was T-Mo’s idea. First, he thought we should get Mohawks then he suggested the Southside. I agreed as long as he actually did it,” said Prince Ezeala, forward.
Excluding four people and red shirt guard, Mike Sanchez, Brown gave the entire team haircuts, even cutting his own.
Brown said, “I like it because most of our boys are from Texas and it’s a Texas haircut. I’ve been cutting hair for a while, so it wasn’t a hard to do”.
Houston (TX) Press
Houston Hip-Hop
Mike Watts and his stable of northside rappers take a southside legend’s style to the masses

By Roni Sarig
Published on March 22, 2007
Wall manages to catalog the entire scene in two verses, broken up by a wonderful chorus that collages classic Houston quotes (including Fat Pat’s line, “Third Coast born, that means we’re Texas raised”):
“What you know about swangers and vogues,
what you know about purple drank?
What you know about poppin’ trunk,
with neon lights and candy paint?
What you know about white shirts,
starched down jeans with a razor crease,
Platinum and gold on top our teeth,
big ol’ chains with a iced out piece?
You don’t know about Michael Watts,
you don’t know about DJ Screw,
What you know about ‘Man, hold up,’
‘I done came down’ and ‘What it do?’
You don’t know about P.A.T.,
what you know about ‘Free Pimp C’?
What you know about the Swishahouse,
man, what you know bout the S.U.C.?...
You don’t know about chunkin’ a deuce,
you don’t know ‘bout a Southside fade
Down here we be ridin’ D’s,
but you don’t know about choppin’ blades
Texas Southern or Prairie View,
what you know about Battle of the Bands?
Down here we got ghetto grub,
like Williams Chicken or Timmy Chan’s
You can catch me ridin’ swang,
what you know about sippin’ syrup?
You don’t know about pourin’ it up,
purple drank so speech is slurred,
You don’t know about the way we talk,
boys say we got country words,
But I don’t really care what you heard,’
cause you don’t know about the Dirty Third.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Monday, August 18, 2008 • Permalink

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