January 31, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 4
It takes more than just good luck to stay relevant in rap for more than fifteen years, and Jay-Z has proven time and time again that he’s either the beating heart of hip-hop or right on the pulse no matter the game’s ebbs and flows. A good example was when a 2009 teamup with Kanye and Rhianna sent ‘Run this Town’ to the top of the charts, along with a quote that captured the tonal and toned down post-recession fashion zeitgeist. ‘All Black Everything’ became every sneaker blogger’s favorite way to describe the ever popular ‘Blackout’ and ‘Triple Black’ colorways common to nearly every significant release, but the Nike Air Max LeBron VII ’All Black Everything’ was a different beast entirely. Another one of those Nike Basketball ‘secret menu’ creations, this pitch black AML7 first showed up right around the time Jay’s Air Force 1 collabo went to auction, its insoles celebrating Shawn Carter’s bar-setting career accomplishments in a variety of golden typefaces. This is the kind of exclusive grail that you can build an entire collection around, so click through for the best images of this insanely rare suede and ostrich leather design and let us know what you think about the price asked by leoneski on eBay.