Hip-hop style had nothing to do with the fashion industry
If there's a publication that should criticize rap's embrace of high fashion (and vice versa), it's definitely not us (and it sure as shit isn't Lord Jamar and his ancient homophobic ass). But there's something to be said for the way hip-hop style worked in the '90s. That is, style started in the streets, and worked its way up to mass appeal, not the other way around—style didn't follow fashion, it made fashion. And once clothes that kids in Flatbush and Bankhead and South Central made that jump to Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City, they were affordable enough that everyday people (in Omaha and Denver and Dayton) could actually cop the gear their favorite artists wore. Fashion came to us (see: how 95% of the world's youth dresses today), we didn't go to it.