It's no secret that hip-hop has immense marketing power — after all, it's basically the only genre that can essentially name-drop a brand and allow it to be prolific and profitable. Big companies have recognized this; now it's no longer uncommon for a rapper to endorse a brand or to become a spokesperson for a product. Furthermore, sneakers and hip-hop go together like peanut butter and jelly (see: A History of Sneakers on Old School Hip-Hop Albums), which is why it has become increasingly popular to see a rapper with their own signature shoe or a sneaker taking influence from a classic hip-hop album or group. So, in the wake of Rick Ross signing to Reebok, Lil' Wayne partnering with SUPRA and Kanye's Nike Air Yeezy II soon to come, we took a look back at A Complete History Of Hip-Hop Sneaker Deals.

Tags: greatest-sneaker-moments, nike, adidas, reebok, run-dmc, kanye-west, jay-z, rick-ross, lil-wayne
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