To celebrate 40 years of hip-hop this week, we’ve picked out some of the greatest style moments of all time. In 2011, giant pairs of Adidas trainers were made commemorate the 25th anniversary of Run DMC’s hit ‘My Adidas’, and the way they changed hip-hop’s style forever.
These ‘shutter shades’ are a look only Kanye West can pull off. And pull them off he does.
Dr Dre’s Beats collection of headphones have been an extraordinary success, with the legendary producer becoming the highest paid music celebrity of 2012.
Flava Flav explained the massive clock he wears to MTV, saying: “The reason why I wear this clock is because it represents time being the most important element in our life. Time can’t afford to be wasted, but not only that, but God only gave us one life. Each minute we live, we got to live each second to our best value. Time brought us up in here, and time can also take us out.”
Fashion conscious and label-owner Kanye started out in preppy geekboy threads before smartening up into office businessman attire and, erm, donning a skirt at the end of 2012.
You remember the ‘fade’ haircut, right? Will Smith owned it during the ‘90s.
One of Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg)’s most iconic hairstyles, and there have been many, was the unmistakable cornrows, which he sported many times throughout his career.
Hip-hop and high-end fashion go hand in hand, and a lot of that is down to Harlem boutique owner Dapper Dan in the ‘80s, who kitted many a rapper out in fake imported clothes sold as ‘Louis Vuitton’.
Door knocker earrings have never looked cooler than when pioneered by Salt-N-Pepa in the 1980s.
Little in hip-hop fashion, or fashion full stop, is wackier than MC Hammer’s parachute trousers, referred to by many as MC Hammer pants.
Flannel shirts were first given the hip-hop seal of approval by Aaliyah, who led a trend in the ‘90s of female rappers dressing like their male counterparts.
Jodeci popularised the 1940s gangster look in hip hop, with leather jackets, and sometimes trousers, becoming a common look for the group.
Tommy Hilfiger isn’t particularly synonymous with hip-hop, but when Snoop Dogg wore his clothes on Saturday Night Live in 1994, sales reportedly rose by $90m that year.
Lots hip hop stars have their own labels: Wu-Tang (Wu-Wear), Nelly (Apple Bottom Jeans), Russell Simmons (Phat Farm), Diddy (Sean John), Eminem (Shady Limited).
There are some epic hip-hop tattoes out there (Eve’s tiger paws, anyone?) but Wiz Khalifa’s almost full-body ink is impressive. And… Amber Rose, Kanye’s former girlfriend, has a picture of his face tattoed on her arm.
MC Hammer’s 1993 video for ‘Pumps & A Bump’ showed him wearing a zebra print Speedo, and was actually banned by MTV for being “too graphic”.
Nicki Minaj showed in 2011 that she can keep up with the brilliantly ridiculous fashion trends of the ‘80s and ‘90s, sporting an outfit made entirely out of stuffed toys at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Animals is becoming a trend here, with Lil’ Wayne’s animal print jeggings joining Minaj’s stuffed toy dress as one of the talking points of the 2011 MTV awards.
Snoop Dogg’s Adidas Tracksuit has to be one of the most iconic of all hip-hop fashion statements, and went on to be worn by many a hip-hop fanatic.