Years Active: 1986-1991
Key Members: Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella
Elements of Style: Raiders snapbacks, Coaches jackets, Semi-automatic weapons
This influential group did their part to put Compton and snapbacks on the map. Repping the West Coast to the fullest, they rocked athletic gear featuring teams like the Raiders—and you can't forget the iconic "Compton" hat, either. Coaches Jackets, black snapbacks, and Eazy-E's sunglasses and Jheri curl cemented their signature look. When they got photographed with guns, the steel in their hands perfectly contrasted the heavy gold metal around their necks.
Even their associates kept it fresh, most notably The D.O.C., a former member of the Fila Fresh Crew who contributed lyrics debut album Straight Outta Compton. N.W.A embodied West Coast street style: the snapback, the flannel shirt buttoned all the way to the top, the bandannas around the head—this is where you got it from.