Over the last couple of years, the trend in hip-hop fashion has developed from the underground street culture to the mainstream world of fashion. Contemporary fashion is now proudly showcased at the world’s top fashion shows in Paris, Italy, New York, Milan, and on every hip hop fashion website. Only 10 years ago, such obviously flamboyant and urban clothes would never have been showcased at these shows, but now they are being proudly shown. So, how can one describe this developing trend and who are the drivers behind the rise of this fashion niche?
The answers lie in taking a peek at the history of hip-hop itself as well as its progression into the mainstream fashion and music culture. Hip-hop graduated from being the music of a couple of corner lyricists and skateboarders to being the main musical culture of the young generation of today. As an increasing number of people listen urban and hip-hop music, the clothing and fashion styles of these young people started to reflect the artists and music they’ve been listening to. Even if a majority do not recall this now, the earliest craze to be embraced from urban music were Adidas shoes initially made popular by Run DMC, the hip-hop legend.
An Overview of the Hip Hop Fashion Trend
You want to learn more about how hip hop culture started right? There wasn’t any hip hop culture in the past, much more in the ancient times. Hopefully the information that you’ll learn from here on out will help you get a clearer picture how this whole trend started in the first place.
When you start out in the past and you work all your way to the present, you will find that the hip hop culture spreads out in almost every direction. It first started around the 1920s when the earliest hip hop dance was made. It included the time of the Jamaican dancehall toasting during the early 50s and to the 60s. Then it spreads out into Muhammad Ali, the Last Poets and even Gil Scott-Heron, wherein they presented their poems over the beats. It worked its way forward in the modern day poets like Big Daddy Kane, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rakim.
It’s Early Years
During 1925, Earl Tucker who is popularly known by his other name Snake Hips and a performer from the Cotton Club have invented a kind of dancing style which you see a lot in today’s hip-hop moves. He incorporated slides and floats within his dance. These similar moves would inspire in the later years, becoming an element of the hip-hop culture known by many as break dancing.
Followed in the 40s, Thomas Wong or known as Tom the Great, made use of booming sound system in order to delight the audience he was entertaining to. Wong then utilized the hip American records so as to steal the music-lovers from the local bands and competitors.
In the 50s, starting in its early years, you will hear about the Soundclash contest between “Trojan” of Duke Reid and “Downbeat” by Coxsone Dodd, which give birth to today’s concept seen in mainstream DJ battling.
In the year 1956, the one dubbed the father of hip-hop was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His name is Clive Campbell.
In 1959, Robert Moses, a Parks Commissioner, started building up the expressway at the Bronx. Also, the middle-class Jewish, Italians, Irish and Germans, and the neighbourhoods as well gradually start disappearing. The businesses were relocating away from this borough city but it was replaced by the impoverished Hispanic and African-American families. Then the poor came along with unemployment, crime and addiction.
In the 60s, James Brown recorded the Live At the Apollo in the year 1952. His drummer Clayton Fillyau then introduced a sound which everyone who loves music know today as break beat. This would then inspire the later b-boy movement, since the breakers danced on to such beats during block parties.
Then in 1965, during the historic boxing bout of Muhammad Ali, he defeated Sonny Liston at 6th round. But before this happened, Ali recited the famous rhymes which described the way he defeated his opponent.
Clive Campbell then migrates to the US at the age of 11 in the year 1967. due to his imposing size, he got the nickname Hercules given to him by the kids at the Alfred E. Smith High School.