The formula for an old school hip-hop single or album cover used to be pretty straightforward — rock your freshest garb, slip on your dopest sneakers, and stand there looking really cool. Recently, J. Cole employed this strategy for the cover of his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, by donning the Air Jordan VII. However, now it's only few and far in between that we get to discuss who wore what in their album art.

Hip-hop encompasses many facets of one's being which, as a whole, elicits vibes and stuff that we have come to know and love. Sneakers, just like music, are an essential part of the culture — their ubiquity on the covers of vinyl throughout the '80s and '90s speak to that very notion. Needless to say, this is a topic that needed some serious delving into. So we perused the internets and, in large part, Nick Santora's (@classickicksnyc) nostalgic stockpiles (classickicks.com and classickicksnyc.tumblr.com) to help prove our point. What we found were all of the Nikes, Jordans and adidas that we love to wear today, on the covers of music that have pioneered contemporary sound. So, travel with us down memory lane as we check out A History Of Sneakers On Old School Hip Hop Albums...

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