Who started it: DMX
Circa: Late '90s 

DMX was the archetype of the angry, roughneck rapper of the late '90s. That's why his simple wardrobe of tank tops, baggy jeans, and boots were such a prevalent outfit at the time—the stuff was affordable and made you look tough. Remember Lotto from 8 Mile? His dreads may have been knocked off Xzibit, but the too-tight tank top and biceps definitely came from DMX.