Home

Marilyn Manson Gets A Taste Of Houston’s Black Culture At Astroworld Fest

By Stephanie Ogbogu

Share

Over the weekend, Travis Scott held his second annual Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas. The festival, which has now become the largest single-day artist-curated music festival in the country, featured a ton of special guests, including Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Kanye West, and Texas legends like Paul Wall and Trae Tha Truth.

What fans of Travis Scott weren’t expecting was a surprise appearance from hard rock icon, Marilyn Manson. The looks on everyone’s faces say it all.

View this post on Instagram

Enjoying Travis Scott’s @astroworldfest.

A post shared by Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) on

Marilyn Manson had a bit of a culture shock himself. He was slightly taken aback when he witnessed a slab on swangas with pop trunk and hydraulics for the very first time.

What are slabs, swangas, and pop trunk, you ask?

Slabs, swangas, and pop trunks are all a unique part of Houston’s custom car culture, particularly in the African American hip hop community.

Slabs, which is believed to be an acronym for “slow, loud, and bangin” refers to the car, often an older-model classic automobile with a shiny custom paint job, custom sound system, and is decked out in other custom accessories like rims, interior, and more.

Swangas refer to the extravagant cone-shaped rims that you are likely to see on most slabs. They’re also referred to as “elbows” or “bows” due to their shape and how far out they extend.

Pop trunk, another staple in Houston’s custom car culture, refers to the trunk display and neon light show that you will find inside the trunks of many slabs.

Slab culture has been popular in Black Houston and surrounding areas since the mid-80s. The art of showing off these custom cars has become an entire experience within the Black community in Texas. It’s not uncommon to find multiple slabs assembled around popular gatherings, stealing the spotlight and being treated as the main event.

Marilyn Manson was so enthralled by the sight of a slab that he couldn’t help but to get a photo.

Now, that’s something you don’t see every day.

Share
Travel Noire

Stephanie Ogbogu

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

15-Year-Old “Queen Of Katwe” Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies Of Brain Tumor

15-Year-Old “Queen Of Katwe” Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies Of Brain Tumor

According to reports, Nikita Pearl Waligwa, one of the stars of the 2016 Disney film “Queen of Katwe,” died Saturday after succumbing to a brain tumor. The Ugandan actress was only 15-years-old. In “Queen of Katwe,” Waligwa played Gloria, the best friend of the main character who grew from the slums of Katwe in Uganda to become […]

Stephanie Ogbogu

Mya Finally Reveals Details Of Her Seychelles Wedding

Mya Finally Reveals Details Of Her Seychelles Wedding

R&B singer had the internet buzzing with confusion when images of her in a wedding dress appeared online. The images, which were first acquired by TMZ, were said to have been from the singer’s secret beach wedding in East Africa — Seychelles, to be exact. Now, after days of mystery, Mya has officially revealed details […]

Stephanie Ogbogu

Get A Glimpse Into James Brown’s Life When You Visit This Georgia City

Get A Glimpse Into James Brown’s Life When You Visit This Georgia City

James Brown contributed so much to music in his day. It’s no surprise that even almost 14 years after his passing, fans are still finding ways to learn more about him and honor his legacy. If you are a fan or you simply want to learn more about his personal life and contributions as an […]

DeAnna Taylor