Most people who listen to hip-hop identify it as not only a style of music, but a culture as well. As such, there have been many influences, from the way performers spit to the way they dress. Popular artists endorsing a particular way to wear their hair or clothes have inspired cultural movements. Every decade is full of these trend-setting crazes, each different than the last.
How did hip hop change? What used to be fresh back in the day that is ratchet now?
80s Rockin It
Run DMC made track suits popular. Super popular. As in, every kid between the ages of 9-17 had one and sported it everywhere they went. Spawning from jumpsuits that performers like James Brown and Elvis wore on stage, the track suit was the complete ensemble. Consisting of a zippered jacket that was worn with the zipper all the way up, and matching pants, combos from Adidas, Fila, and off brands flooded the market. Run DMC, The Fat Boys, and many other crews rocked these for years.
You had thick. You had thin. Straight or diamond cut. Whatever you chose, you wore it outside your shirt with pride. And you wore as many as you could safely get on your neck. If you were like LL Cool J and Eric B. and Rakim, bigger was always better. Mr. Ts gold covered neck no doubt took its inspiration from the hip-hop world, as did countless fans.
Not to be confused with the high top fade, high top sneakers were whats up in the 80s. Because of the trend for rappers to wear high top sneakers and basketball jerseys, the sport itself is linked to the music genre. Videos solidified this reference; many rappers in the 80s wanted to show off their b-ball skills for the camera.
Honorable mention: The Kangol, Timberlands, and three-finger rings.