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Raising the lid on the darker side of fan fashion

Updated: March 10, 2011, 1:25 PM ET
By Andrew O'Reilly | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the March 21, 2011 "Style Issue" of ESPN The Magazine

IN THE LATE 1980s, the legendary hip-hop group NWA introduced America to two things: LA gang culture and the menacing power of a baseball cap (Los Angeles Raiders, black). More than 20 years later, gang members continue to sport pro and college team hats to rep their crew. "It's a way to let others know whose turf they're on," says Commander Leo Schmitz of the Chicago Police Department's gang enforcement unit. ...

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