South Central LA street style has had a deep impact on American fashion, and it was Boyz n the Hood, along with the concurrent rise of N.W.A., that pushed early 90s LA street style into the national imagination. In creating the world of the film, director John Singleton drew on his native LA for inspiration. Because Singleton was only twenty-three years old when he made the film, he was immersed in the culture of the period. His knowledge of and concern for the style for the style of the era showed up in the film, helping launch numerous national trends.

Boyz n the Hood was a hit, returning a gross box office nearly ten times its budget. This allowed for a wide release beyond what Singleton could have initially hoped for. Boyz played shopping malls and multiplexes across the country, marking South Central LA as a hub of black culture and street style. Over 25 years after the film’s release, Boyz n the Hood is not just an essential piece of American filmmaking, it is also a testament to the ways that early ‘90s West Coast street style has become integrated into America’s fashion DNA. In tracking the style trends in the film, you can also track how South Central’s street culture permanently impacted America’s style.

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