It must've been bittersweet for Ice Cube, looking back on his NWA days as producer of the newly released Straight Outta Compton film, 25 years after he quit the rap crew amid a cloud of recriminations and one very graphic diss track. But one element of his early career must surely still raise an unequivocal grin – his strong, strong clothes.
Style icon: Ice Cube
By Matt Glazebrook, 27 August 2015
Bursting from the titular LA neighbourhood with an arsenal of hard-edged beats courtesy of Dr Dre and DJ Yella, and middle America-baiting lyrics mainly coming from Cube and MC Ren, the five-piece favoured no-nonsense threads that mirrored their uncompromising image. Clad in black bomber jackets, black work pants and white sneakers, and operating a strict compulsory baseball cap policy, the gang struck a cool, timeless pose.
As Cube embarked on a solo career, the tough street-meet-sportswear silhouette remained, but the colour palette softened to incorporate oversized khaki plaid shirts and this excellent grey-marl Georgetown Hoyas sweatshirt.