When it comes to the greatest hip-hop groups of all time, I’ll always be partial to a few of my favorites. Public Enemy, to me, defined not only an entire sound but an entire generation of thinkers. Their music is so different and dynamic, and Chuck D is such an incredible MC, that I can’t take any serious arguments that they aren’t among the greatest groups ever. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is my favorite album ever made.
Outkast might not be better, but they are at least in the vicinity, freaking a southern sound and making it accessible to everyone from Maine to California. In that group, you also need to include the fellas from Compton. However, when it comes to straight influence, in music, culture, and style, the Compton quintet has no peers.
This Friday, that respect will continue with the release of the biopic film, Straight Outta Compton, which will rehash the story of how the world’s most dangerous group changed the game. They were all talented and they all had a defined style that included black outfits, black snapbacks, white kicks, and lots of Los Angeles pride.
New Era is all about respecting the game and bigging up the cats who came before us. There’s no better way to do that than to show love to this particular style that Compton helped make famous. The latest hat collection will be available at Champs Sports and features many of the hats that became famous because these future stars wore them. There’s the Raiders cap, the Dodgers, the Kings, the infamous Compton hat, and even a White Sox cap, one of the few out-of-town squads that this group always repped.
Respect the legends of the game by acknowledging how they are still influencing the culture more than 20 years later. The latest from New Era is the best way to do that.
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