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Manufactured by:
Hartwell, American  Search this
Worn by:
MC J.B., American  Search this
Subject of:
J. J. Fad, American, 1985 - 1992  Search this
satin and cotton (fiber) with metal
L x W: 26 15/16 × 20 1/16 in. (68.5 × 51 cm)
Chest: 20 1/16 in. (51 cm)
Place made:
Compton, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1988
Juana “MC J.B.” Burns and Danna Birks of J.J. Fad are pioneers of West Coast rap and went a long way in establishing Compton’s Ruthless Records. Their single “Supersonic” was released when the women were teenagers, and was one of five nominees in the first ever hip-hop Grammy category in 1989, bringing national attention to West Coast hip-hop and paving the way for subsequent groups like NWA to emerge as leaders in hip-hop. MC J.B. had this jacket made at the famous Slauson's Swap Meet in Compton.
A pink satin bomber jacket with custom embroidery worn by MC J.B. of J.J. Fad. The long-sleeved jacket has white buttons down the front center, and white-striped, ribbed bands at the collar, cuffs, and hem. Embroidered in white thread on the proper left chest is M.C.J.B. with [RUTHLESS / ATCO RECORDS] in an arc above. On the back are large white embroidered letters reading [J.J. FAD / IN / EFFECT]. The jacket has a manufacturer's tag at back center of the interior collar, white with red and blue text reading [HARTWELL / MADE IN U.S.A.]. A second tag beneath it has the size [SMALL 34-36] and care instructions.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture