“The Most Stylish Rappers Of The ’90s” is a list that has been created by Complex.
“The ’90s era of Rap was filled with the birth of sheer thuggery,” Complex says to begin its list. “Guns, drugs, murder, explicit sex; and that’s just on AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. The introduction and subsequent emergence of ‘gangsta Rap’ could quite possibly be one of the biggest revolutions the music world has ever seen. Same goes for the blinged-out boasting that developed when rappers started making serious dough off their music. But one thing that was established that can be seen as an outright positive effect of the era was the style the rappers of this time period championed.
“The whole ‘style is cyclical’ argument is applicable to just about every period of fashion you can imagine,” the publication adds. “Except Hip Hop style in the ’90s. That’s because it’s never left. Pieces of it have existed ever since. All black outfits. Expensive shades. Big jewelry. Timbs, Wallabies or Jordans. And most of all, purveyed swag. We see them. We emulate them. Rappers were, and still are our culture’s spokespeople. And these rappers were pioneers and catalysts. Pay homage to The Most Stylish Rappers of the ’90s.”
Snoop Dogg, Master P, Will Smith, Puff Daddy, Beastie Boys, Rakim, Eazy-E, Raekwon, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Ghostface Killah, Andre 3000, Grand Puba and The Notorious B.I.G. are among the stylish rappers listed by Complex.
“Biggie Smalls’ style was the illest,” the site says about B.I.G.’s fashion. “His affinity for Karl Kani was forever present, and he single-handedly made Coogi a household name in urban America. But there was something about B.I.G.’s swagger, even at his size, that was like a dark aura you could feel, but couldn’t see. The King of New York ruled the rap game in the early ’90s, but the strides he made in style for hip-hop fans was much larger than himself or what anyone probably could have imagined.”
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