Who popularized it: Rakim
When we were influenced: 1985
The story of Dapper Dan's Boutique in Harlem is one that cannot be left out when discussing hip-hop's stylish history. His customization of high-end fashion to give it more of a street edge was one that resonated with all of hip-hop, especially one of its head dogs: Rakim. That symbolism of luxury Rakim and his cohorts portrayed with Dapper Dan's kits were style risks because they were completely unheard of at the time. High-end fashion wasn't was it is today to hip-hop heads. And while Rakim's rhymes are frequently touted as pioneering hip-hop's domination, it's clear that his style needs similar recognition.