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

  • 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.

    The Complex Current miniseries welcomes the most influential minds in fashion, art, music, sneakers and beyond in a series of lively panel discussions from our inaugural ComplexCon Chicago. We discuss the topics most relevant to today's youth in an effort to examine a deeper understanding of each other, our culture, and the passions that inspire us.

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  • Rick Cross
    Rick Cross  4 weeks back

    Wale made Nike Boots and Foams a BIG wave.....You can lie all you want but A LOT of people refer to those shoes as DMV shoes. Complex stats that ALLLLL the time. Jim Jones tries to claim them but its LIES

    • Rick Cross
      Rick Cross  4 weeks back

      Billionaire Boys Clubs, Bape, and Ice Cream was a BIG influence of the early 00s.

      • Past Made Present
        Past Made Present  4 months back

        Wale with the slight to "Nike Boots"

        • dncrra
          dncrra  4 months back

          AI is drunk

        • B Montone
          B Montone  4 months back

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

          • Andrew Hebert
            Andrew Hebert  4 months back

            The Caucasian should not have been the host boring👎

            • Last Ronin
              Last Ronin  4 months back

              Russ get some sleep dog.

              • Avante London
                Avante London  4 months back

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

                • Hoodie
                  Hoodie  4 months back

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

                  • RANGEROV3R
                    RANGEROV3R  4 months back

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

                    • Jay Gatling
                      Jay Gatling  4 months 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  4 months back

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

                        • Taylo Beats
                          Taylo Beats  4 months back

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

                          • Esaiah Watts
                            Esaiah Watts  4 months back

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

                            • Sam Rodgers
                              Sam Rodgers  4 months 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  5 months 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  4 months back

                                  Justin Cauley true but still it’s a shoe deal

                                • Justin Cauley
                                  Justin Cauley  4 months back

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

                              • Reshod Williams
                                Reshod Williams  5 months back

                                AI THE 🐐 HE WAS BORNED TO BE A TRENDSETTER

                                • emefa ashiadey
                                  emefa ashiadey  5 months back

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

                                  • Mike Breezy
                                    Mike Breezy  5 months back

                                    A.I. diamonds dancing doin da chris breezy

                                    • loza261
                                      loza261  5 months back

                                      Don c sound like Katt Williams younger brother

                                      • standupmothafucka
                                        standupmothafucka  5 months back

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

                                        • Reagan Baby
                                          Reagan Baby  5 months back

                                          what a fucking trainwreck

                                          • Toogie
                                            Toogie  5 months back

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

                                            • NKORSI Ngidi
                                              NKORSI Ngidi  5 months 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  4 months back

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

                                            • Mario Garcia
                                              Mario Garcia  5 months back

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

                                              • Adrienne Kromah
                                                Adrienne Kromah  4 months back

                                                But with his song Nike boots became more know outside of the DMV

                                              • Jay Gatling
                                                Jay Gatling  4 months 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  4 months back

                                                Mario Garcia thats exactly what he was hinting at 😭

                                              • benjaminates
                                                benjaminates  5 months back

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

                                            • WaVy Crockett #JizzBoss
                                              WaVy Crockett #JizzBoss  5 months back

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

                                              • Ottokal Music
                                                Ottokal Music  5 months back

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

                                              • Biraveen Vamadevan
                                                Biraveen Vamadevan  5 months back

                                                The Answer is a legend!

                                                • Hercules Hercules
                                                  Hercules Hercules  5 months back

                                                  NOW WE'RE TALKING SNEAKERS..

                                                  • Mrfatrock
                                                    Mrfatrock  5 months back

                                                    A I on that uncut strait from Colombia

                                                    • Sir LeRoyale
                                                      Sir LeRoyale  5 months 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  4 months 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  4 months 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  4 months back

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

                                                      • M Jr. Ray
                                                        M Jr. Ray  5 months back

                                                        Stephen LeRoyale Them pro wings, we know about those

                                                    • Sir LeRoyale
                                                      Sir LeRoyale  5 months 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  5 months back

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

                                                        • dncrra
                                                          dncrra  4 months back

                                                          he been looking like this forever

                                                        • Elijah Black
                                                          Elijah Black  5 months back

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

                                                        • Balenci Aga
                                                          Balenci Aga  5 months back

                                                          Mrfatrock how old is he?

                                                        • Mrfatrock
                                                          Mrfatrock  5 months back

                                                          Too much coke and meth

                                                      • Who John?
                                                        Who John?  5 months back

                                                        The host on drugs like a mother fuck

                                                        • Jackie Moon
                                                          Jackie Moon  5 months back

                                                          Lol wale talking about them nike boots at the end

                                                          • Matt Mc
                                                            Matt Mc  4 months 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  5 months back

                                                          Checkout ddg

                                                          • Cris James
                                                            Cris James  5 months back


                                                            • MsBlakButtafli.
                                                              MsBlakButtafli.  5 months back


                                                              • Stone Diggy
                                                                Stone Diggy  5 months back

                                                                so wale gonna skip over hov and fifty nelly what

                                                                • azitsallgood
                                                                  azitsallgood  5 months back

                                                                  Wale is the best

                                                                  • Booker T
                                                                    Booker T  5 months back

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

                                                                    • maybach music group
                                                                      maybach music group  5 months back


                                                                      • Dymez
                                                                        Dymez  5 months back

                                                                        Wale been eating good

                                                                        • KiDKeYz1000
                                                                          KiDKeYz1000  5 months back

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

                                                                          • channeldirty7
                                                                            channeldirty7  5 months back

                                                                            Don C & Slim 400 fam tho?

                                                                            • dncrra
                                                                              dncrra  4 months back

                                                                              CRYING right now HAHAHAHAHAAA....they do look like they could be brothers

                                                                          • CokeNAsmile Tv
                                                                            CokeNAsmile Tv  5 months back

                                                                            Wallet sus

                                                                            • RobbyBean
                                                                              RobbyBean  5 months back

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

                                                                              • Sab Gonzalez
                                                                                Sab Gonzalez  5 months back

                                                                                Dayum Al, what df u high on..?