After nearly 40 years of hip-hop, the style requirements of the rapper have been upped exponentially. From the earliest pioneers, the role of rap dude has always meant being fluent in the jargon of floss and adept in the art of stunt. Through the decades, Afrofuturists and b-boys turned to grimy thugsters and gangsta pimps turned to shiny suits, sophisticated hipsters and skate park couture. Hip-hop has both defied and defined modern American style, so here we take a state-of-the-trill look at the 50 most notable purveyors of rap style. Why these dudes, you ask? ‘Cause we said so.

Written by Rob Marriott (@Tafari)

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