"I said a hip hop a hippie to the hippie to the hip hip hop, you don't stop a rockin to the bang bang boogie say up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogity beat." During the 1980s hip-hop took hold of a revolution. This trend brought about not only a political enlightenment, but also a way of appearance. Hip Hop has become a community which expresses rhythm with poetic lyrics, and a style through comfort of colors and texture. We shall take a look back at 1980s hip-hop fashion.
"now what you hear is not a test-i'm a rapping to the beat and me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet" The early eighties allowed freedom of speech take a large hold in fashion of many African-American youths and later influencing a global trend of other cultures. Particularly lower-class youths, the hip-hop scene in American culture became evident and still is to this day. Places like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and later on among the "The Dirty South," consisting of African-American rural regions like Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Each playing and contributing various elements now present and considered to be the hip-hop scene, a culture of attitude. Sugar Hill Gang's, Rappers Delight is the epitome of what is known as hip-hop.
"and these reasons i'll tell ya why, ya see i'm six foot one and i'm tons of fun, and i dress to a t, ya see i got more clothes than Muhammad ali and i dress so viciously" An enterprise of sportswear and fashionable brands of clothing started to become known during the hip-hop scene, they began to make their mark in the late 1970s, early eighties. Items like polyester and nylon tracksuits, leather bomber jackets, were identified by the language of, "phat," meaning ultimately cool. The rise of iconic hip-hop artists transcended in the fad they materialized. Adidas and Nike attached themselves to this appearance of a culture. Artists, like Sugar Hill Gang began the wave of expression in their music and clothing wearing pieces that were brightly colored and themed with a check mark or computerized representation of a cliff logo. Dr. Marten's boots manifested the dominance and determination hip-hop had on people. Loud and powerful was the purpose.
Popular haircuts also articulated a fashion in the hip-hop scene, which were described by a man's name and the level of color. The Jheri curl to the hi-top fade, consisting of wet locks of curls and a military style of haircut that left the top of your hair shaped like a box. Every where were faded boxes and dripping wet locks. The era of fashion also included accessories of oversized eyeglasses and bucket hats branded by the Kangol hat industry. Heavy items of jewelry were consistent with the hip-hop fashion. Gold was the popularity of this enduring society, men focused on heavy chain-like necklaces and women itemized themselves with large hoop earrings of gold. Big, heavy, and eye-catching was the attention that brought about this eighties era of a craze. 1980s hip-hop fashion has placed itself under acknowledgement in present time, a reincarnation of a way that disappeared when the eighties had ended. Now 2008 fashion has been traced back to early and late eighties, claiming a historical factor in the fashion industry, we are nothing new. "well, im imp the dimp the ladies pimp the women fight for my delight. i am the definite feast delight, come to the master gee you see the brother who rocks so viciously."