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1980s: Kangols and Tracksuits

Style Icons: Run DMC, LL Cool J
At the rise of rap music in the 1980s, widely considered the Golden Age of hip-hop, emcees were just beginning to capture the flashy steez that rap is known for today. At this time, rope chains, adidas tracksuits and Kangol bucket hats were the keys to getting fly. All you have to do is watch throwback clips of LL Cool J or Run-DMC to see how influential the look became. For the latter, rocking adidas actually led to the first hip-hop endorsement deal ever.

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