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A History of Sneakers on Old School Hip-Hop Albums

December 6, 2011 BY / 24 c

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adidas Originals just manufactured one of the all-time great hip-hop tribute sneakers with their deluxe edition Superstar 80s commemorating the 25th anniversary of Run-DMC’s hit single ‘My adidas’, but everybody knows the connections between the rap game and sneakerhead culture were just getting started back in 1986.  Complex.com’s latest listing of significant sneaker happenings takes you back even further than that, when LL Cool J’s debut album Radio depicted Mr. Smith on the back rocking a red Kangol bucket hat along with black tee and jeans to match his bred Air Jordan 1s.  And while you’ll find fashions have cycled through more than once during this quarter-century, one thing that remains unchanged is the sheer number of rappers who absolutely love Tinker Hatfield’s impeccable Air Jordan III.  Click through to get an idea of what’s in store, then head over to Complex to see the list in its entirety.


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dboone
dboone

damn idk latifah looked nice rea lnice bernie mac voice

slime
slime

awwwww patrick ewing's!what yall know about them. i had those same suede/blue joints in like 4th grade. got an oil stain on them from my bike chain and got rid of them. they were the most comfortable sneakers ever. they need to retro those 4real. classic!

Aeropooch
Aeropooch

I know there is a part 2 coming out right- there is a lot more albums out there. Now this is some heat fo realz-

dubl
dubl

"kill yourself" - jabar gaffney

Pedrinho
Pedrinho

*Sigh* I miss the 80's/90's, it was definitely THE best decades of the 20th century! Great music, great sneakers, great clothes, great movies, great videogames... I'm getting old :)

frisco champ
frisco champ

Mac dre with the 95 air max . REST IN PEACE MAC DRE IMA DOIT FOR THE BAY OK .

SneakerCraze
SneakerCraze

Nike Air Safari's!!!! I copped a pair of those in Orlando at a Nike outlet about 5 years ago for $40!

COLLECTOR
COLLECTOR

epmd album EpMD - Unfinished Business solo flights WHAT

Black Lion
Black Lion

Hip hop died about the same time C-Murder and his ilk came into being.

P Millah
P Millah

Nice Post SNEAKERNEWS. Peace to the Old School. This is good educational sneaker history.

double R
double R

i kno play wuz kind of a bad boy. but lmao they fronting like they some dopeboyz.

Jay Costanza
Jay Costanza

What are the ones from the Main Source single cover? Good god those are dope.

j.j
j.j

White and black cements mmmmmm mmmmmm good

blankman
blankman

Ahhh back when rappers used to dress like rappers and not rockstars. Can you imagine Eric B and Rakim or EPMD trying to dress and act like Guns N Roses or Motley Crue?

pastell88
pastell88

Nah hip hop thrived when murder n no limit came into the game master p was the first rapper to see 400 million let's not overshadow real southern music now OK

Mike
Mike

i know, i had em.

walt
walt

air tech challenge? the agassi signature shoe

Qnzman
Qnzman

Kid and play was on point back in the day lol

Jerronimo
Jerronimo

LOL true. Mos def a golden era in hip hop. This is what I grew up seeing. No rapper rocked vans and studded jackets. But at this time hip hop was not seen as a genre that was going to last or even profitable by Corporate America. Then it all changed... Now it's the biggest genre in America. Even commercials are hip hop influenced. Politcs even... It's a different world now. Ok I am done.. not preaching.....jus saying! Nice post Sneakernews/Complex



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