Style icon: Ice Cube
By Matt Glazebrook, 27 August 2015
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.
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.