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Fashion and hip-hop are linked together like the Fourth of July and hot dog-eating contests. And while some legendary rappers put their stamp on timeless trends (for example, Run-DMC with Adidas), others have not fared as well. Here, we look at some items more likely to end up in a Salvation Army dumpster than on the backs of today’s dopest MC’s.
1. Cross Colours
One of the first designer brands of hip-hop clothing, Cross Colours were hugely influential, but would fade away due to a surge of competing brands and, probably, the fact that kids no longer wanted to look like a flag at the Olympics.
2. Backward Clothing
Sadly, we recently lost Chris Kelly, one-half of the teen hip-hop duo Kris Kross. While revolutionizing seventh-grade dances in the early ’90s, Kris Kross also paved the way for kids everywhere to wear their clothes backwards and panic like a lost dog when they had to go to the bathroom.
3. Baggy Pants
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MC Hammer ushered in the ’90s with pants so baggy, it looked like he’d deployed a parachute. Seriously, guys wore this s*** while attempting to pick up girls. How far we’ve come…
4. Starter Jackets
Nothing says “cool” like hats and jackets that make you look like you’re about to go fishing. Hip-hoppers proudly displayed this sports-affiliated clothing line, but we couldn’t understand why anyone would proudly show off logos for the Jets, the Hornets or any team from the NHL.
5. Gangsta Looney Tunes T-Shirts
Nothing to see here. Move along. Let’s go…break it up, break it up….
6. 8-Ball Jackets
8-Ball jackets were so popular, kids were getting shot for them. We understand the urge to resurrect these jackets with a hint of irony, but we plead with you: DON’T DO IT, MAN! (Not because you’ll get shot…because everybody will be too busy laughing at you to wanna hurt you.)
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Want to nail the look of a farmer with rhythm? Simply throw on a pair of overalls. Bonus points if you click off one of the straps. We still scratch our heads at this easy-come, easy-go fashion trend, but it seemed to sweep through hip-hop strongly enough for even 2Pac to give it a shot.