Sneaker Fiends Unite!


Rap music fans have been treated to some rare air over the last few weeks. I’ve listened to the latest Raekwon the Chef and Jay-Z albums. I also sat in a session for the debut Kid Cudi CD. All of this music will provide something unique for their fans and people that enjoy good music. What came to my mind was that I could relate these albums to something else I am extremely fond of – Sneakers. Each of these albums reminds me a respective pair of footwear.

The Air Jordan XI pictured above is considered to be one of the GOAT’s GOAT sneakers. The details and the materials used were revolutionary and trendsetting. The Air Jordan XI’s were released in October 1995, a few months after the release of the seminal rap album Only Built For Cuban Linx. Both the Air Jordan XI’s and the album OB4CL have stood the test of time to become regarded as classics in their own right. So what footwear would I use to describe these new albums being released?


Spiz’Zike boot – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2
The OB4CL2 sequel makes me think of the new Spiz’Zike boots. These shoes are going to knock the Timberlands and even the ACG boots off the block. The Spiz’Zike contains all of the dopest elements of previous Air Jordans but it is revisioned and updated for 2009 and beyond. OB4CL2 is classic Wu-Tang material that describes the highs and lows of street life. The wins and the losses. The joy and the pain. Kiss the ring, or the 6 rings.


Air Yeezy (tan colorway) – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
If I could have copped one colorway of the Air Yeezy shoes it would have been the tan version. This pair had the best leather of them all and really showed off the details of this unique shoe. Kid Cudi helped KanYe West craft a classic album with 808′s & Heartbreak, but it isn’t an album that many boom bap rap fans can reach in their mental wheelhouse. It is a futuristic album that Cudi has shaped with his project. Many of the ideas he brought to the 808′s project have been placed on his debut. The compositions are orchestral and the strings are highlighted nicely. The shoestrings on the Yeezy’s have a sick lacelock as well.

roc boot

Roc-A-Wear boot? – Blueprint 3
The Roc-A-Wear boots look like a wild mashup of Timberlands and Creative Recreations with a faux fur lining to add that extra level of implied luxury. Maybe using the Timbaland influence wasn’t the best idea for these shoes. Did I just say Timbaland? Oops. Freudian slip. I’m not sure if these are sneakers, boots, sandals or slippers. I don’t even think renowned internets celebrity and blogging tastemaker Combat Jack would still wear these. I’m sure these Roc-A-Wear joints will be popular though. How can they not be? It’s the Roc bitch!


Shallah Raekwon – ‘Sneakers’

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  • epinz


    My two favorite things dp, rap and sneakers. I would make ob4cl air max 95′s and give bp3 the fat joe sneaker…..luv the song too, that was my shit back in the days!!!!good drop ngga!

    • Pierzy

      I think we all have that one friend that is a sneaker addict. Mine has 41 pairs of Jordans, including at least one of all 23 models. That Jordan XI is still ill…

  • Tony Grands

    DP what up!

    Fuck it. Can’t front on the tan Air Yeezy’s. I wounldnt rock the manbag that I’m sure comes with it, though.

    Those Rocawear boots take me back to a FUBU-esque place. Too much of not enough, if you understand.
    Jordan is Jordan. “Nuff said.

    • capcobra

      lol @ manbag.

  • Silly Chilly Willy

    Nice drop, Dallas !!!

    I’m all for the classics ! But since Jay mentioned something about being “off that”, would it be inappropriate to suggest a K-Swiss for BP3. Maybe the Gladiator or something. I won’t front, those sneaks are comfy like a muuuuhhfugggaa!!!!

  • EmCDL

    Damn man I haven’t really bought any sneakers since I got out of the Army fuuuuuuuuuuck. I need to step my sneaker game up; I use to stay up on them Adidas Superstars and Air Forces 1′s. I usually don’t mess with them Air Yeezy’s but them ones you showed up above look tight.

    You got me listening to Immobilarity now DP after hearing that song!

  • abdulnasir

    “I wounldnt rock the manbag that I’m sure comes with it, though.”- tony grand. hehehehe!

  • capcobra

    them rocawear joints remind of the old polo boots…just alot more rugged…they kinda ill if you play ‘em right.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      And I have them Polo boots.

      I’d rock them Rocs. No manbag required.

  • Young History in the Making

    Jordan 11′s..cant go wrong with them..and the space jam ones…..definately still go hard..i had to give the tan yeezy’s a second look..not bad..

  • Lowedwn

    Great drop DP.

    Interestingly enough I equate the Jordan 11′s with another Wu classic Ghostface’s “Ironman”. If for nothing else, the fact that everytime I see them, the opening music from “Black Jesus” starts playing in my head.

    “never rocked Lugz, I’m way above”

  • Dallas Penn

    ow retarded am I that I have been waiting all day to get back on this thread?

    I need a paying job whee I can sit here with y’ll all day and talk shit.

    epinz whats goody?

    Grand$, $yk, Pierzy, EmCL, SCW what up?

    Capcobra? Hell no!

    OG Polo boots had the logger sole, the hardbody strap across the forefoot and the official tissue leather cookir patch on the side. Them shit was WAY the fux more hardbody than these Roc boots.

    Son, the Roc boots got poofy fur on them. How a nigga gon’ say that is MORE rugged?

    • Tony Grands

      Those rocawear joints look like them back in the day Guess? boots on steroids. Nah, estrogen hormone injections.

      • Pierzy

        Yeah Dallas, you need a gig where you get paid to do one thing while simultaneously you’re checkin’ every 5 minutes. It’s not bad…

        • Tony Grands

          Lol @ P.

          DP, you’re toting the CrackBerry with no unlimited media package?

  • Sleepy Wonder

    Sorry, But I Wouldn’t Wear Any Of These.

    P.S. Fuck Vans

  • El Tico Loco

    Those Spizikes are the truth.

  • Dallas Penn

    I can view the site but when I try to leave comments they never get posted.

    I feel like tpar, minus all the bitching and paranoid delusionism.

    • these posts are racist


      Quote one thing I’ve ever said that could be viewed as “delusional”.

      Fact: many of my posts do not stick and often times they are the ones I spend the most thought on.

  • Dallas Penn

    Immobilarity isn’t a bad plate but it has the unfortunate sequencing of following up one of rap’s most important records. It never really had a chance.

    • EmCDL

      IMO its an ok album, the beginning of it is kinda slow but it starts to pick up later on. OB4CL is still my ish though!

  • epinz

    Dp, what it is ngga?

    Just got from gettin blitz in the car listenin to ob4cl2!!!! Fuckin cd is classic status!!….u need to get a storm homie! And u shoulda threw some wallies in the post for good measure!

  • epinz

    Shit!! Almost 4got……..cop that shit when it comes out!!!!!!

  • GO-Getta’

    Air Yeezy (tan colorway) – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day – that what’s up!

    Roc-A-Wear boot? – Blueprint 3 – even though the album is whack i’ll still rocwear this.

  • Brooklyn

    the 11′s are classic, they were the first pair of jordans i ever rocked and i remember that everyone and their mama had them shits when they first came out too. i got two pair of spiz’ikes but i’m liking them brown ones though. never fucked with the yeezy’s, not really my style, neither are them rocawear boots, i’ll fuck with some untied timberlands.