8 Caps Rappers Made Famous.

8 Caps Rappers Made Famous.

The rap game and the fashion industry is a tale as old as time. 

Throughout history, rappers have donned cap's to match their kicks, make a statement, or accessorise their 'fits.

But when it comes to caps, rappers made famous, no style holds testament more than the ball cap.

Here are 8 Caps That Rappers Made Famous.

Join us as we delve into the history books and re visit some of the most iconic headwear pieces in the rap game.

Chance the Rapper - 3 Ball Cap 

Born in Chicago, Chancellor Bennett, aka Chance the Rapper burst on the scene after the release of his 2012 mixtape "10 day".

Chance has always openly discussed his love for ball caps. When speaking to G.Q. in 2017, he mentioned, 

"I used to always rock a cap when I was in high school and get them taken away.

 It was an excessive amount. Like, so often that at the end of each school year, there would be a box of all the confiscated caps."

He then explained the meaning behind the 3 cap, saying it represents his 3rd mixtape, "coloring book."

The cap has almost become an extension of himself, instantly recognisable as chance's hat.  

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 Source: GQ

 L.L. cool J - Kangol Bucket Hat 

Picture the scene: 1985, and the crowd is pumped; LLCool J is blasting into his mic whilst rocking a red Kangol bucket hat and OG Nike Air Jordan 1's.

The rapper made the Kangol hat a fundamental part of his identity throughout the 80's.

The accessory was so heavily popularised that you will still see some streetwear influencers donning the hat in fits today.

But remember who started it all.

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 Source: MTV

 Kanye West - Make America Great Again Cap A.K.A Maga Hat.

Ye shook the world when he came out wearing the Maga hat, a cap that backed Donald trumps political campaign.

Kanye explained he loved wearing the cap and proclaimed it "made him feel like superman".

Kanye clearly hates being put in a box and being told who he should vote for. 

Although... I mean, I love some of the Kanye songs, but what the fu** does he know about politics.

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Disclosure - We have no political stance; to be frank, we couldn't care less about the mess that is American politics.

  Eazy E - Chicago White Sox Ball Cap

Famously, incorrectly setting the scene in the 2015 hit movie Straight out of Compton, Easy - E is spotted donning his signature White Sox Cap.

The issue caused quite a stir online with ball cap collectors as they noticed in the opening scene set in 1986 he rocks the cap with the modern era logo that wasn't constructed until 1991.

A rookie error, but we will let it slide as it's hard to picture Eazy - E without the iconic cap.

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Source: Unknown

 Jay Z - New York Yankee Ball Cap

It's not news that Hova is a big advocate of the Yankee hat, as stressed in the single "Empire State of Mind".

"I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can."

Along with many other singles in his body of work:

"Who could it be? With that new blue Yankee on, who but me?" - Do It Again

So when I'm dead and gone, I got one last wish, put my Yankee hat on" - Put on (remix)

The Rap Billionaire from Marcy projects might be on to something here. To further affirm the relationship with Americas most iconic baseball team, they collaborated on a line of ball caps amongst other forms of apparel sold exclusively in Yankee Stadium. 

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Source: Pinterest

 Kendrick Lamar - La Dodgers Ball Cap

It's 2015 - "Wait, no, it isn't", roll with us on this one. 

*cough*

It's 2015, Kendrick Lamar releases his new music video for the popular single "King Kunta" in which he sports a dodgers cap whilst sitting upon his extravagant thrown.

24 hours later, we got this:

 

Kendrick was lined up for the opening pitch against the San Francisco Giants. It doesn't get more romantic than that, now does it?

But this wasn't the only time Kendrick and the dodgers teamed up. He later collaborated with the ball team on a Fitted cap.

Kendrick and the T.D.E. Crew, Kendricks label, mashed up on an iconic white and blue hat which later found its way into the grailed cap community. 

 

Asap Yams - Atlanta Braves Ball Cap 

A$ A.P. Yams, who sadly passed age 26, was known as the ultimate string-puller behind the scenes of the A$ A.P. Mob.

The Harlem born visionary paved the way for A$AP Rocky to burst on the scenes with his debut album - "Long.Live.ASAP", which debuted at the top spot on the Billboard charts.

Although yams might not be considered a rapper, he is undoubtedly a key figure in the rap game.

But Rap is not the only thing Yams is synonymous with, the Atlanta Braves and, more accurately, their fitted caps. 

One of the most iconic photos of Yams, before he passed, was one of him sporting an Atlanta braves cap and a biggie esque sweater.

After his death A$AP MOB teamed up with New Era to celebrate Yams Day on January 18 with a commemorative cap.

All proceeds from the sales have been donated to the Always Strive And Prosper Foundation.

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 Source: Unknown

 Honourable Mentions:

 Notorious B.I.G. - The Crown.

Biggie, Biggie, Biggie can't you see the crown you wear is P.V.C.!

Ok, admittedly not a cap but iconic headwear none the less. 

The plastic crown Diddy placed upon Biggie's head for the '97 photoshoot "King of New York" cost a modest $6.

The photo has since gone on to be one of the most iconic in rap history.

As a result, since signed by B.I.G., the plastic crown was sold at auction for almost $600,000.

It's rumoured that Beyonce and Jay-Z may have purchased the crown for their daughter Blue after a video surfaced online showing her sipping from a Grammy award whilst donning the crown.

That's a big flex.

 

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Source: Revolt

Will Smith - Philadelphia Phillies Ball Cap

"West Philadelphia born and raised" cast your mind way back to the 1980's/90's where the Philly born Will Smith began his career as a rapper.

Most commonly known for his lucrative acting career, the Fresh Prince is also a big Phillies fan.

He was most recently seen wearing the washed, beaten and worn cap in his 2019 movie "Gemini Man".

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 Source: Product Placement Blog