Years Active: 1991-1997
Key Members: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Suge Knight, Nate Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Rage
The heyday of Death Row Records epitomized the golden era of gangsta rap. When stepping out to Club 662 in Vegas, the Death Row crew's sartorial style captured the mixture of excitement and menace that made their movement so fascinating.
Progressing from blue Dickies to pinstriped suits, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg channelled early 20th century gangsters like Al Capone. Suge Knight's red suits became something of a style signature—and the scariest exec in the rap game knew how to rock a Coogi sweater as well as a certain Bad Boy. Dr. Dre championed the stark black look, and really pushed the whole "mock neck with a chain" aesthetic that other Death Row members would emulate.
Workwear and chore coats from Carharrt were especially big, and Tupac and Dre rocked them on the regular. No one can forget Tupac's classic bandanna, or how he would parade around in a bulletproof vest or with no shirt to show off his T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. tatts. When they recreated his likeness for Coachella as a hologram, the regular-fit jeans, wheat Timberland boots, and tattooed torso were unmistakable, proving what a West Coast icon Makaveli has become.