Over the years, hip-hop and sneakers have gone hand in hand, with rappers becoming some of the biggest sneakerheads around. It’s no wonder then that many sneaker brands have sought to partner with these influential artists in order to create exclusive collaborations. However, there are some rappers who, for one reason or another, never got the chance to work with the sneaker brands that they loved. Can you imagine what sneaker partnerships with rappers like 2Pac, Biggie, Eazy-E, Heavy D and Big Pun would have looked like today?
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We asked AI (Midjourney) to help us imagine what could have been.
1. Tupac Nike Sneakers
One such rapper is Tupac Shakur, who was known to be a huge fan of Nike sneakers. In fact, in his iconic music video for “California Love,” he can be seen sporting a pair of black and white Air Max 95s. Unfortunately, Nike never approached Tupac for a sneaker deal, which is surprising given his immense popularity at the time.
2. The Notorious B.I.G. Jordan Sneakers
Another rapper who could have had a successful sneaker partnership is The Notorious B.I.G. He was also a huge fan of Nike sneakers, and often wore the Air Max 95 and Air Max 97. Although Nike did eventually release a special edition Air Max 97 to commemorate Biggie’s life and legacy, it would have been interesting to see what kind of sneaker collaborations he could have created if he were still alive today.
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3. Eazy-E Adidas Sneakers
Eazy-E, the founder of the legendary rap group N.W.A., was another rapper who never got the chance to partner with a sneaker brand. He was known to wear a variety of sneakers, including Nike, Puma, and Reebok. It’s easy to imagine a sneaker collaboration between Eazy-E and one of these brands, featuring his signature style and flair.
4. Heavy D Fila Sneakers
Heavy D was not only a talented rapper, but also a respected sneakerhead. He was known to wear a variety of sneakers, including Nike, Jordan, and Adidas. Although he did have a sneaker deal with Fila in the 1990s, it would have been interesting to see what kind of collaborations he could have created with other brands.
5. Big Pun Nike Sneakers
Big Pun, the Puerto Rican rapper known for his incredible flow, was also a sneaker aficionado. He often wore classic sneakers from brands such as Nike and Adidas, and even had a pair of custom-made Air Force 1s that featured his signature logo. Unfortunately, Big Pun passed away in 2000, before he had the chance to explore any potential sneaker partnerships.
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In conclusion, it’s clear that there are many famous rappers who could have had successful sneaker partnerships, but for one reason or another, it never came to fruition. However, their love for sneakers and unique sense of style continue to inspire sneakerheads and music fans around the world.