In an industry notoriously dominated by males, Walker made her presence felt in fashion and music from coast to coast, outfitting a who's who of rappers, singers and entertainers. She's provided clothes for tours, album covers, videos and movies and created a fashion incubator for young creatives around her who went on to work for other urban brands like Mecca, Enyce and TWISM.
Walker, along with Karl Kani was one of Tupac's favorite designers and provided the clothing for Above the Rim, the 1994 film that he starred in. She also helped design the mad face logo for the hardcore rap group Onyx and helped create their image, along with styling Naughty by Nature and helping them with their Naughty Wear clothing brand- which besides Wu Wear was one of the first and greatest merch lines to emerge from any hip hop artists.
You basically cannot and SHOULD not talk about early hip hop clothing without discussing April Walker and her fashion brand Walker Wear! It is super important to celebrate women designers- especially Black women- in this industry because it is ten times as hard for them to get that recognition and the accolades that they deserve.