By: Fridah Wanjiku | Mon 07 Sep 2015, 15:00
Dr Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella were fashion icons and trendsetters.
NWA is arguably the most influential hip-hop collective of all time. The group burst onto the scene in the late 1980s with a new type of music that shook America to its core. For the first time, issues like violence, race relations and inner city gangs were put in the limelight. NWA shed light on the impoverished communities of Los Angeles at that time, which is known as the era that brought about what is hip hop today!
Beyond their music, Dr Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella were fashion icons and trendsetters. We can pretty much say the fashion world is experiencing a sort of déjà vu as late 1980s and early 1990s fashion is making a sure comeback. As you read this, kids from every race, religion and creed are flocking to the nearest mall to emulate the NWA. We may ask who the pioneers of such bold statements were, but let’s rather find out what trends these kids on the block help set. Here is a visual #Ootd the NWA donned when they were just chilling on the block.
New kid on the block Driicky Graham tried to recreate snapback and tattoos with his popular hit. But let's get real, NWA were the first to make the snapback hat cool. Whether it was repping their hood or their favourite sports team, the snapback hat was a signature for the crew. Most notably of course is Eazy E’s infamous Compton hat that was styled in old English characters and still to this day is inspiring knock-offs and replicas.
It was unheard of to wear white snickers and still look cool. If anything, white wasn't a colour associated with the streets. This was until the NWA made white sneakers their thing. From Jordans, Nikes and Adidas, white sneakers came to be associated with the group. If endorsments were big then, we know who would have had them on lock with their tight shoe game.
Nothing says street nowadays more than a Jesus piece hanging on the neck. By that we mean a diamond-encrusted gold chain with the crucifix. NWA were quite simple, they were all about the thick, gold chains as gold stood for royalty. These statement chains have already made quite a strong come back and you can spot them in any hip-hop video.
Sports team repping
Proud Los Angeles natives, the members of NWA repped their home teams harder than anyone else. Along with Kings and Raiders gear, Dre and Eazy donned Chicago White Sox hats – sticking with the all-black theme. In his post-NWA days, the good doctor was seldom seen without a White Sox hat.
All black everything
No! Jay-Z was not the inventor of the statement "all black everything!" The presumed best rapper alive also borrowed inspiration from the notoriously good fashionistas NWA. 1980s fashion was characterized by bright and vibrant colors. However, the group decided to stray and include all-black themes as their statement short of the golden chains.
Now that you have been schooled, make sure you check out the NWA special with Dr Dre and Ice Cube on Monday, 7 September at 23:00 CAT on Trace Urban.