Years Active: 1983-1991
Key Members: Marley Marl, Mr. Magic, Roxanne Shanté, MC Shan, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Polo, Kool G Rap, Glamorous, Masta Ace, Craig G, Tragedy the Intelligent Hoodlum, Grand Daddy I.U.
Elements of Style: Dookie chains, Customized snapbacks, Four-finger rings, Velour suits, High-top fades
Any crew that can claim Big Daddy Kane among its members already has a competitive advantage, but when you add the likes of Mr. Magic, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Biz Markie, and Kool G Rap, your place in the pantheon of hip-hop greats is pretty much guaranteed—both in terms of sound and style.
Their thick gold chains, high-top fades, four-finger rings, and velour suits became hot trends in hip-hop's golden age. If it wasn't for Kane and Juice Crew, this era's iconic look definitely wouldn't be as clearly defined. Building Bridges from QB to the rest of the world with their street-smart style, the Juice Crew showed and proved why Queens reigns supreme.