Don C, Wale and Allen Iverson Discuss The History of Sneakers in Hip-Hop | Complex Current

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  • Published: 29 August 2019
  • Streetwear designer Don C, NBA legend Allen Iverson, and rapper/sneaker icon Wale sit down with Complex Current host Russ Bengtson to discuss the history of sneakers in hip-hop. The roundtable of sneaker enthusiasts breakdown everything from which rappers really deserve props for trailblazing sneaker trends to the art of copping exclusive kicks before the internet.

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Comments • 99

  • B Montone
    B Montone  6 days back

    Damn buddy.. the host gets no love. Understandable lol

    • Andrew Hebert
      Andrew Hebert  7 days back

      The Caucasian should not have been the host boring👎

      • Last Ronin
        Last Ronin  1 weeks back

        Russ get some sleep dog.

        • Avante London
          Avante London  2 weeks back

          I’m over the iverson shit stop bringin him out now we get it lol

          • Hoodie
            Hoodie  2 weeks back

            Don C Talks like a character Keegan-Michael Key would play on Key&Peele

            • RANGEROV3R
              RANGEROV3R  2 weeks back

              Wale the corniest nigga in the world and don c speaks like a gay man 🤷‍♂️

              • Jay Gatling
                Jay Gatling  2 weeks back

                All these rap artists with Millions of Dollars and Cultural Influence and nobody starting their own Sneaker Line. Stop begging for these companies to let us in when we are the ones making their shoes hot. Kanye should have his own brand. The Yeezy's don't even look like a traditional Adidas. SMDH...

                • Terrance Williams
                  Terrance Williams  2 weeks back

                  Yo what rap song is that in the beginning? Shiz is fire!

                  • Taylo Beats
                    Taylo Beats  2 weeks back

                    Why does complex have the heroin addict, Dave Chappelle shot, moderating. Shit was Speddy booked 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

                    • Esaiah Watts
                      Esaiah Watts  2 weeks back

                      Let's be real thoo, a.i.s career is built off that famous jordan cross over highlight

                      • Sam Rodgers
                        Sam Rodgers  2 weeks back

                        Tupac was the rapper that stood out with thr freshest basketball kicks of the 90s..i sometimes wonder had he not passed if him and A.I. would've met

                        • Mr. Titus Turner
                          Mr. Titus Turner  2 weeks back

                          Wale just sound salty, damm I see why no one want to work with you. You let it known your hurt about not collaborating with a shoe company. Ross had a RBK deal and you didn’t even get on with that

                          • Mr. Titus Turner
                            Mr. Titus Turner  2 weeks back

                            Justin Cauley true but still it’s a shoe deal

                          • Justin Cauley
                            Justin Cauley  2 weeks back

                            Mr. Titus Turner that’s Reebok fam lol no good

                        • Reshod Williams
                          Reshod Williams  2 weeks back

                          AI THE 🐐 HE WAS BORNED TO BE A TRENDSETTER

                          • emefa ashiadey
                            emefa ashiadey  2 weeks back

                            Can you imagine how this would have been without Don C??

                            • Mike Breezy
                              Mike Breezy  2 weeks back

                              A.I. diamonds dancing doin da chris breezy

                              • loza261
                                loza261  2 weeks back

                                Don c sound like Katt Williams younger brother

                                • standupmothafucka
                                  standupmothafucka  2 weeks back

                                  they all high like the sattelite,
                                  obviously the white guy and a.i fosho

                                  • Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

                                    what a fucking trainwreck

                                    • Toogie
                                      Toogie  2 weeks back

                                      A.I diamonds dancing like a mf....look like LIFE AFTER DA NBA business deals treating him more den good....smart man ...basketball legend for certain

                                      • NKORSI Ngidi
                                        NKORSI Ngidi  2 weeks back

                                        Why they always excluding kanye when it comes to kicks, clothes, styles and trends or they just like ignore or beat around the bush when his name pops up

                                        • Justin Cauley
                                          Justin Cauley  2 weeks back

                                          NKORSI Ngidi they had a whole segment about the Nike Yeezy 1s ? Lol weren’t you paying attention

                                      • Mario Garcia
                                        Mario Garcia  3 weeks back

                                        Wait, was that wale saying Nike boots would’ve bricked without his song? 🤔🤔🤔

                                        • Jay Gatling
                                          Jay Gatling  2 weeks back

                                          Wale didn't make Nike Boots Hot here in the DMV. He dressed just like everybody in Maryland and D.C. that rocked Nike Boots.

                                        • T How
                                          T How  2 weeks back

                                          Mario Garcia thats exactly what he was hinting at 😭

                                        • benjaminates
                                          benjaminates  2 weeks back

                                          Mario Garcia lol maybe u can still find a pair here and there at Ross

                                      • WaVy Crockett #JizzBoss

                                        Don c sounds like J Roc from trailer park boys. Dude's a clown and his voice is a parody.

                                        • Ottokal Music
                                          Ottokal Music  3 weeks back

                                          Wale said it best "circling stuff in the East Bay magazine that you never going to get." 👌👌👌

                                        • Biraveen Vamadevan
                                          Biraveen Vamadevan  3 weeks back

                                          The Answer is a legend!

                                          • Hercules Hercules
                                            Hercules Hercules  3 weeks back

                                            NOW WE'RE TALKING SNEAKERS..

                                            • Mrfatrock
                                              Mrfatrock  3 weeks back

                                              A I on that uncut strait from Colombia

                                              • Stephen LeRoyale
                                                Stephen LeRoyale  3 weeks back

                                                Nobody said anything about nothin really
                                                U had so many brands of SNEAKERS back in the 80s from Sergio Diadora Fila Gucci84 McM Ballys Lottos Saucony British knights Patrick Ewings Converse weapons/Cons le Coq Sportif Avias K Swiss Ellesse Pony Kangaroos "NBAs sneaker wit 4stripes"
                                                And the shoe nobody's ever mentions PRO WINGS from payless...
                                                P.s yall aint no real sneaker heads

                                                • Justin Cauley
                                                  Justin Cauley  2 weeks back

                                                  I don’t think they enough time to slate all of that if you wanna hear about shit you like go watch “just for kicks “ on YouTube it’s covers all you like

                                                • Jay Gatling
                                                  Jay Gatling  2 weeks back

                                                  Thank you. For one, the panel looked high as hell, esp A.I. and Wale. Second of all a lot these guys in their earlier 30's wasn't around in the 80's during the Golden era where the hustlers wore all of the fly shit and the rappers where inspired by them, wearing designer shoes like Fila, Lottos, Bally's, Diadora's along with Air Jordans.

                                                • D Jones
                                                  D Jones  2 weeks back

                                                  Remember “ITZ”.... I think Bobby Hurley was wearing em

                                                • M Jr. Ray
                                                  M Jr. Ray  2 weeks back

                                                  Stephen LeRoyale Them pro wings, we know about those

                                              • Stephen LeRoyale
                                                Stephen LeRoyale  3 weeks back

                                                Omg yall got wale on here like he knows origin of sneaker culture all he knows is eastbay and nike boots...
                                                The answer SHOES was trash sorry AI
                                                And nobody wants a shoe from wale believeme
                                                I would say bapes wouldn'tbe shid if rappers aint wear them

                                                • Balenci Aga
                                                  Balenci Aga  3 weeks back

                                                  What happened to that Russ bengston guy..? He looks terrible😰. Is he okay?

                                                  • Elijah Black
                                                    Elijah Black  2 weeks back

                                                    Lol he's looked like that since the mid 2000s

                                                  • Balenci Aga
                                                    Balenci Aga  3 weeks back

                                                    Mrfatrock how old is he?

                                                  • Mrfatrock
                                                    Mrfatrock  3 weeks back

                                                    Too much coke and meth

                                                • PuertoRican Johnny
                                                  PuertoRican Johnny  3 weeks back

                                                  The host on drugs like a mother fuck

                                                  • Jackie Moon
                                                    Jackie Moon  3 weeks back

                                                    Lol wale talking about them nike boots at the end

                                                    • Matt Mc
                                                      Matt Mc  6 days back

                                                      Jackie Moon Yeah that's a DC, MD staple .... .... New Balance 991 992 990 , foams, Duncans, flight posites, Kevin Garnets, and Nike Boots

                                                  • Jade Henry
                                                    Jade Henry  3 weeks back

                                                    Checkout ddg

                                                    • Cris James
                                                      Cris James  3 weeks back

                                                      ForReal???

                                                      • MsBlakBuddafli.
                                                        MsBlakBuddafli.  3 weeks back

                                                        WHY DO THEY KEEP INVITING ALLEN TO SPEAK - AINT NONODY GOT TIME FOR THIS I MISSED HALF THE DISCUSSION FAST FORWARDING PAST HIM ATTEMPTED TO FORM A COMPLETE THOUGHT

                                                        • Stone Diggy
                                                          Stone Diggy  3 weeks back

                                                          so wale gonna skip over hov and fifty nelly what

                                                          • azitsallgood
                                                            azitsallgood  3 weeks back

                                                            Wale is the best

                                                            • Booker T
                                                              Booker T  3 weeks back

                                                              Wale right NERD turned it up a notch with the fresh jeezy

                                                              • maybach music group
                                                                maybach music group  3 weeks back

                                                                Wale🔥

                                                                • Dymez
                                                                  Dymez  3 weeks back

                                                                  Wale been eating good

                                                                  • KiDKeYz1000
                                                                    KiDKeYz1000  3 weeks back

                                                                    Shouts out to braids for making a comeback over the last couple years. It’s a epidemic

                                                                    • channeldirty7
                                                                      channeldirty7  3 weeks back

                                                                      Don C & Slim 400 fam tho?

                                                                      • constantino dolor
                                                                        constantino dolor  3 weeks back

                                                                        Wallet sus

                                                                        • RobbyBean
                                                                          RobbyBean  3 weeks back

                                                                          Here to show love and shed good energy to erybody an Wale too. Go stream On Chill! 🔥💪🏾

                                                                          • Sab Gonzalez
                                                                            Sab Gonzalez  3 weeks back

                                                                            Dayum Al, what df u high on..?

                                                                            • Marcus Fenix
                                                                              Marcus Fenix  3 weeks back

                                                                              Overdone kinda killed my childhood with that comment about not wearing the answer in the street

                                                                              • Kam Dhatt
                                                                                Kam Dhatt  3 weeks back

                                                                                Wale is annoying

                                                                                • BigMTV💯🌍🇬🇧!!

                                                                                  Imagine if AI was never released from jail, the world would have missed out on witnessing his greatness. Those racists tried to shut down the legacy. Salute the streets G.O.A.T!!

                                                                                  • Esaiah Watts
                                                                                    Esaiah Watts  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Imagine if ai did football instead of basketball

                                                                                  • Don't Fall
                                                                                    Don't Fall  2 weeks back

                                                                                    @BigMTV💯🌍🇬🇧!! It was about justice for AI, but it wasn't about race. There was nothing that signified race was the reason.

                                                                                  • BigMTV💯🌍🇬🇧!!
                                                                                    BigMTV💯🌍🇬🇧!!  2 weeks back

                                                                                    @Don't Fall Your right bro it was definitely about justice smh, GFOH!!

                                                                                  • Don't Fall
                                                                                    Don't Fall  3 weeks back

                                                                                    It wasn't about race, dude.

                                                                                • Cashius Cash
                                                                                  Cashius Cash  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I wanna make a Keegan Michael Key joke about Don C but I’m sure it’s been done already smh