Fashion and hip hop just go hand in hand. Over the years, hip-hop artists have created unique styles of dressing which caught fire and became the in thing. Here is a trip down memory lane of hip-hop and its style changes.
Bucket hats became popular with rappers in the 1980s and remained part of street fashion into the 1990s. It first appeared in Sugar Hills Gangs rap music video and was wore from time to time by Run D.M.C. However, LL Cool J was the one to make Bucket hats mainstream. His endorsement of bucket hats made the Kangol logo a must-have accessory. As of late, bucket hats have re-emerged as a fashion catwalk item after being sported by celebrities such as Rihanna.
The ’90s was the bandanna's heyday, and artists like 2Pac and Aaliyah will be forever synonymous with the accessory. Tupac, in particular, made the front tied bandanna look mainstream in the mid-1990’s. The look became so popular it was not only a symbol of the hip and RnB culture but was able to transgress into mainstream music. For example, pop royalties such as Justin Timberlake rocked the look during his NSYNC days.
DMX was the image of the influential, Assertive, tough rapper of the late '90s. His style of dressing which consisted of tank tops, baggy jeans and boots was representative of his character which made the outfit prevalent at the time as this was standard clothing from the community in which he came. Hip-hop artists such as Lil Wayne, 50 cent, and even Kid Rock. It is simple and effective which has made it timeless over the years.
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New York Yankee Hats
Following the popularity of bucket hats, New York Yankee hats became the new in for Hats in the rap culture. Jay Z is credited as the originator of the look in the early 2000’s. He even has the famous line “I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can." back In 2010 he was able to get his own branded line of Yankee gear sold in the Yankee stadium.
No one made the throwback jersey look more popular than fabulous. Fabulous was heavy on the throwback tip in the early 2000s. He has every fictional jersey you’ve ever seen, including The Fresh Prince’s Bel-Air Academy uniform. The throwback jersey is still popular today through the likes of wale, drake, currency and many other influencers. A small comeback is being mounted. However, it's doubtful that we'll ever see it dominate the game like it once did in the 2000s.
Today's Rappers Dress Differently Than in the 90's. Fitted clothing is now the default style over baggy ones. Skinny jeans are less of a taboo in the hip-hop culture thanks to the likes of Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi vert and even Lil Wayne. For today's rapper, oversized is more akin to a longline shirt to style with your ripped skinny jeans. Copping a whole wardrobe in size XXXL is a thing of the past.