Style in the Streets: How Hip-Hop Changed Fashion

Style in the Streets: How Hip-Hop Changed Fashion

Hip-hop isn’t just one of the most popular genres of music in the world; it’s a lifestyle that millions have adopted. As the decades wore on and hip-hop went from a fledgling music experiment to a bona fide institution, the outfits worn by the genre’s biggest stars became iconic. Here are four artists who showed how hip-hop changed fashion forever.

Run-DMC Set the Template for Street Fashion

In addition to being one of the first rap groups to break into the mainstream, Run-DMC profoundly changed how rap artists present themselves. Hip-hop artists previously wore bright, flashy clothes with lots of colors. Run-DMC shunned these choices and created their own image with components that would define the look of hip-hop for decades.

Street clothes influenced their outfits, and many credit Run-DMC with popularizing sneakers, tracksuits, jeans, and gold chains in hip-hop. Run-DMC’s fashion influenced what artists like LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, and many more have worn over the years, but black fedoras are a stylistic choice that is distinctly their own.

Biggie Smalls Brought Coogi Into the Picture

After Run-DMC pioneered urban style, hip-hop artists always made fashion choices with ties to the street. Biggie Smalls was no different.

Interpolating high-fashion brands like Ralph Lauren was commonplace for hip-hop artists during this time. Nonetheless, Biggie associated himself with a brand that would become synonymous with his image: Coogi.

Although Coogi is an Australian sweater company previously marketed to the wealthy elite, Biggie became the most well-known artist to don their colorful sweaters. Now, wearing a Coogi is a way for artists to honor a hip-hop legend.

Outkast Made Statements With Their Experimental Outfits

As the sound of hip-hop began to change, artists like Outkast would be at the forefront of a new hip-hop revolution. Both members of the group, particularly André 3000, were known to wear bizarre outfits that made a statement.

Throughout their career, Outkast wore colorful bell bottoms, denim, cardigans influenced by 1950’s Americana, leather jackets, jumpsuits, and countless other unique garments. Their exploration brought new possibilities for how successful hip-hop artists could look.

Kanye West Ushered in a New Era of Hip-Hop Fashion

One of the most popular fashion icons in rap over the last decade is Kanye West. Known for his larger-than-life public persona and critically acclaimed albums, Kanye famously began his professional career as an employee at the Gap.

After his early days as a Chicago retail worker, Kanye created the Yeezy shoe collaboration with Adidas. Yeezy shoes sell out consistently worldwide, and they are one example of how hip-hop changed fashion in the mainstream. Kanye ushered in a new era of alternative fashion, lyrics, and samples in hip-hop.

This $20 Deal on Guitar Lessons Will Strike a Chord With Music Lovers

Unleash your inner Hendrix with the help of comprehensive training.

If you picked up the guitar as a pandemic hobby, you’re not alone. In fact, in 2020 legacy guitar brand Fender experienced its biggest year of sales volume in the company’s history. But if your ax has been gathering dust, it’s time to get serious and graduate from playing Rock Band to riffing for real.

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Start your journey to rock-and-roll glory with a beginner crash course that will give you a general understanding of your guitar and covers playing chords, soloing, strumming patterns, and reading the guitar tab. Soon, you might just find yourself being able to tackle some of the most memorable classic rock riffs.

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Best Modern Pop Piano Players of the 21st Century (So Far)

Best Modern Pop Piano Players of the 21st Century (So Far)

Pop pianists spent the entire last century molding our music. From Scott Joplin to Jerry Lee Lewis to Elton John, ebony and ivory have been working together in harmony, and they haven’t stopped since Y2K. Since it would take much longer to highlight every incredible pop pianist in history, we’ve narrowed our list to a small selection of the best modern pop piano players of this century (so far)!

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys began training in classical piano, studying composers like Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart. By twelve, she was composing and by age thirteen she was immersed in the world of the music business. Keys fought for creative freedom, crafting her own sound despite industry pressure to conform to a certain look and style. Now with 15 Grammy wins and 29 nominations and awards from the NAACP, MTV, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and Billboard Music, to name a few, there is no doubt this icon helped set the musical tone for the century.

John Legend

When John Legend is brought up, many people think of his 2013 hit, “All of Me.” But Legend has woven his way through music throughout the 2000s. Along with playing and singing on the albums of artists like Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, the Black-Eyed Peas, Fergie, and more, Legend’s Grammy-nominated song “Ordinary People” hit number 4 on Billboard’s charts. In 2005, he also performed in the iconic campaign video, “Yes We Can,” by will.i.am, weaving him into US history as well as music history.

The Piano Guys

Although not known for performing original pieces, this two-man group consisting of cellist Stephen Sharp Nelson and Pianist Jon Schmidt transform pop music like no one else does. What began as a simple marketing technique to promote their piano store by covering pop songs fused with classical pieces has led to a YouTube channel with over 2 billion views and eight records. They are known to push the limits of the genre and the piano itself as they perform in ice caves, on top of mountains, and on top of moving trains. Though unconventional, they’ve certainly earned their place among the best modern pop piano players.

WatchMojo’s Person of the Decade! In a new Bracket format!


We’ll be revealing the first round of each quadrant over the next 4 days!

How do you pick the Person of the Decade?

In honour of the end of the 2010’s, and as part of our BEST OF THE DECADE series, WatchMojo wanted to do something special to select our choice for Person of the Decade. We decided we’d create an NCAA style competition bracket to determine who had the best 10 year period. We weighed a lot of different factors in terms of their consistent success, overall success, versatility, personality and more. We also broke it down into 4 different quadrants: Movies, TV, Sports and Music.

This was not an easy process! Our internal teams argued endlessly over some of the matchups and we had to make some tough decisions. Ultimately, we won’t be able to please everyone, but there is no denying that the winners of each quadrant were at the top of their game for the past 10 years.

Tune in on Monday the 16th!

The full video will be available to watch on Monday, December 16th on our YouTube Channel and in the days leading up we will be revealing the individuals included in the first round by quadrant. So, tomorrow, we will update this post with the first round of the Movies category. Come check it out and let us know who you think should win each match up!

We’re excited about this new format and can’t wait to create more videos in this style. Please leave a comment if you have ideas for what to “bracketify” next! In the meantime, check out our Best of 2019 series for the best and worst of pop culture in 2019!

Is WatchMojo Homophobic?

Watchmojo’s “Top 10 Ridiculous 1980s Music Videos” was labelled by Neal Broverman (Executive Editor of the Advocate.com) as “homophobic trash”. In this video of Context is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan discusses viewers’ reactions to Watchmojo’s viewpoint on socio-economic and political matters and responds to Neal Boverman’s comment. Watch this video to find out more!
What do you think? Let us know in the comments and let us know what ideas and topics you’d like to tackle next? : https://watchmojo.com/context/suggest.

Top 5 Anime Dub Openings

Timeless in Their Cheesiness

Ah, the early days of anime dubbing. While nowadays the English adaptations often give the original the respect it deserves, there was a time where censorship and Americanisation turned out some real duds. However, even as we look back on them years later, we can’t help but have a soft spot for how nostalgic and surprisingly decent some of the English dubs’ original opening songs were!

#5: “Medabots” (1999-2000)

Robots shooting the crap out of each other is awesome enough, but when you add this track to it, you can bet that every kid nearly blew a gasket. Granted, we don’t exactly see Medabee ever engaging in anything as fast-pace as the opening, but then again we don’t really need too. The song is practically non-stop in its awesomeness, continually building and building until it symphonically explodes. Kind of amazing, since the majority of the time all the song is listing different types of words with “meda” in the beginning… 

#4: “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters” (2000-04)

There are so many aspects that make this opening such a winner, to the point where you’re left wondering how a show about a children’s card game got itself a song that wasn’t only engrossing but layered. First, you’ve got the spooky intro, unfurling before like something out ancient Egypt itself…right before the remix kicks in. Thunderous percussion, an epic choir, all the elements ended coming together to create something almost colossal in scope. However, let’s be honest, we all remember this track for one thing and one thing only. Bring it on home Yugi. 

#3: “Beyblade” (2001)

You will believe a game of spinning tops is the most awe-inspiring sport to ever be conceived, especially when it’s got a song like this to back it up. There’s no filter with this one, only plenty of guitar shredding and a singer who is so into it that he’s honestly kind of scaring us. Every collision, every launch, every spin – the song hypes it all up like it’s the greatest event in the world, and we’ll be damned if it didn’t succeed. The premise may be ridiculous, but the sheer amount of fun this song manages to deliver is just too infectious to ignore. 

#2: “Shaman King” (2001-02)

Kind of ironic, isn’t it? An anime that’s infamous for having one of the most ludicrous dubs in the medium also got one of the best original openings. From the very first note, listeners are practically overwhelmed by the hard rock style, all the while the melodic vocals provide an almost mystical tone. We can’t believe we’re saying this, but the Shaman King English Dub Opening might be one of the most shounen things we have ever experienced. The pace, the style and the execution blend together so well that it pains us to think how the rest of the show was slammed through the censor machine!

#1: “Pokémon” (1997-)

The one. The only. The best. While its seemingly endless amount of sequel series still manage to snag their own original songs, as far as we’re concerned, they’re all just pale imitations of this instant nostalgia bomb. Quite possibly the only song to hit the mainstream, everyone who grew up watching Ash’s Indigo League adventures can attest to singing along to this at least once. Don’t deny it. The lyrics bury themselves into your head like a Diglett. The tune is fun, light-hearted and so whimsical that it’s impossible not to smile. Much like Ash himself, this track is somewhat timeless.

Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Hilariously Bad Anime Dubs.

Queen – The Story and the Songs

The Story:

From the operatic, to the danceable, to the hardest of hard rocking, there was literally no other band like Queen. Forming in 1970 – a time rife with prog-rock, the beginnings of heavy metal, and the first flirtations with glam – Queen was the band rock and roll didn’t know it needed.

The Songs:

Trying to pick the 10 finest tracks from a band like Queen… oh, I suppose you could say we were under pressure.

5 More Things You Didn’t Know About the Jonas Brothers!

S.O.S! They’re Back!

After a 6 year hiatus, everyone’s inner teenager is screaming because the JoBros have reunited! Kevin, Joe and Nick made their initial debut in James Corden’s infamous “Carpool Karaoke” car and then surprised us even further last Friday, March 1st, by dropping their first single since 2013, “Sucker”. Now that the Jonas Brothers are back in the spotlight, we went over 10 lesser known facts about them including that their breakup was BAD, Kevin testified in a FIFA trial, Joe broke his purity vow, Nick needed therapy and more. You can check out that complete list below, but for now, here’s 5 MORE that almost made our list!

They Were Rule Breakers

Any connection to Disney comes with a firm set of rules and standards that stars have to meet which often restrict their freedom and we can imagine that would be difficult for these brothers growing up, especially given their newfound Jonas Brother street cred! But, apparently singing wasn’t Joe’s only talent, he was also an escape artist, because according to The Gamer, he said: “I used to sneak out (and meet up) with this one girl in her car. We thought we were in trouble because we were both working with Disney.”

Nick Had a Bad Date With Selena Gomez

In a 2018 interview with Radio 1, Nick was confronted by Selena Gomez who brought up a pretty unsuccessful date the two had been on about 10 years back. As Nick explains it: “we were very private about our relationship, and she was unhappy that her Central Park experience was ruined by the fact that I walked about 20 feet away from her, even though they were taking pictures of us and obviously we were there together, I was like, ‘It’d be better if we stood about 25 feet apart’. So it ruined her Central Park experience.'” Understandable, but we’d gladly stand 20 feet away from a Jonas brother and call it a date.

They Were Almost Spies?

Okay, not REAL spies…but TV spies still count right?!? Well, coming fresh out of their on-screen debut “Camp Rock”, the boys were set to star in a new Disney Channel original TV series called J.O.N.A.S, which was originally about a boy band living a double life as spies (the accronym standing for “Junior Operatives Networking As Spies”). In classic fashion however, Disney took over creatively and the series became a more realistic depiction of their lives balancing music with things like school work and relationships. But hey, now that they’re back, who knows what their next mission will be!

What Happened Between Joe and T Swift?

Although this relationship ended faster than you can say ‘Jonas Brother’, it’s definitely worth a mention. Between briefly dating Demi Lovato and his current fiancé Sophie Turner – there’s also Gigi Hadid in there somewhere but that’s a topic for another list – Joe and Taylor Swift had a short-lived relationship. In fact, T Swift even went public with the breakup story on Ellen, saying he dumped her over the phone in only 25 seconds. Joe later responded to the story by saying that “Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk.” So whoever you choose to believe, it’s safe to say the two were not meant to last until the year 3000.

Bonus Jonas Was Arrested For Posession

The youngest Jonas brother Frankie, although too young to join the band at the time, did make a few apperances on his brother’s works like in “Camp Rock 2” and in episodes of “Jonas”. Unfortunately, his face made headlines for the wrong reasons in 2016 when he was cited for drug posession in Nashville. Things have been looking up for him ever since though, with his interest in music production on SoundCloud and most recently being a groomsman at Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding. His tweet below perfectly describes his current mood.

If you liked these facts, make sure to check out the full video with 10 more surprising stories below!

The Beatles – The Story and the Songs

The Story:

John, Paul, George and Ringo; four lads from Liverpool who went on to form what some would call the most successful, influential, creative and flat-out greatest band of all time. So how did they get there from their humble beginnings playing small clubs in Hamburg, Germany? 

The Songs:

From Rubber Soul and Help, to Sgt. Pepper’s, the White Album and Abbey Road – WatchMojo has done the impossible and ranked our picks for the Top 10 Beatles Songs. I’m sure this won’t be controversial, right?

5 More Savage Ariana Grande Moments

I’ll Have a Grande Latte With A Sprinkle of Savage Please

She just dropped a new album and we just dropped our jaws. Ariana Grande has been in the public eye for months now, having been through a dramatic and difficult year, through which her music career managed to thrive and her candidly unapologetic personality was established. Over on MsMojo, we looked at 10 of the most impressive and badass moments from this pop star’s career, including fact checking headlines, telling off Ryan Seacrest, calling a radio host a jerk and calling out sexist interviewers. But, let’s be real, there are more Ariana Grande moments that deserve a mention, so here are 5 more savage moments!

#Arichella

Not only did she surprise fans and steal the show when she showed up during Kygo’s set at Coachella in 2018 to perform “No Tears Left To Cry”, but she managed to steal the entire festival, with fans immediately calling it #ARICHELLA all over Twitter. This year, Grande is set to headline Coachella on April 14th and 21st, which means that the hashtag is alive and well.

Lyrics and Videos From “Thank U, Next”

Having been dropped following a heavy and highly publicized year for Grande, “Thank U, Next” features a number of references and statements that begged for a spot on this list. For instance, her single “7 Rings” is basically an anthem for flaunting her wealth and spoiling her friends, with lyrics like “my receipts, be lookin’ like phone numbers,” “Whoever said money can’t solve your problems must not have had enough money to solve ’em”. Her video for “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” heightens the savagery with a twist ending that prompted some quality Twitter tea. But hey, we’re here for it and clearly so is she, ending a verse in “7 Rings” with “Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?”

Insisting on her “Side”

Celebrities (or their teams at least) tend to have preferences when they are photographed, whether it be specific lighting or a side of their face and according to multiple sources and image compilations, Ariana Grande is a fan of her left side. Not only have their been reports of this preference causing her to walking out of a photoshoot, but Giuliana Rancic of E! News even stated that Grande’s team had them switch sides on the American Music Awards red carpet. Grande has denied the former and her right side makes a few appearances on her Instagram, but it does seem like her dimple takes precedence and the bottom line is: she clearly knows her angles.

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Being Carried

When reports came out in 2014 that Ariana Grande frequently demanded to be carried by members of her team when she didn’t feel like walking, the singer was quick to clapback on the rumors and make it clear that she’s a human being, not a diva. She even updated the caption on her Instagram photo below, in case anyone had any questions. Looks like that rumour was put to rest pretty quickly. Thank u, next!

Her Sistine Chapel Met Gala Look

Savage may not have been the first word that came to mind when Ariana Grande stepped onto the Met Gala carpet in 2018, but impressive and badass definitely were. With the theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, Grande came through in a Vera Wang gown printed with images of Michelangelo’s seminal work, “The Last Judgment”, which appears inside the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Yep, she basically brought the Sistine Chapel to New York City, managing to honour the theme while somehow maintaining her baby doll aesthetic.

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Which Ariana Grande moment do you think is the most savage? Make sure to check out the full list of our Top 10 Savage Ariana Grande Moments below or on MsMojo and let us know in the comments!