The 50 Greatest Sneaker References in Rap History

13. The Game f/ 50 Cent, "Hate It or Love It"

Snippet:
Lyrics: "I stay strapped like car seats/Been banging since my lil' nigga Rob got killed for his Barkleys/ That's 10 years, I told Pooh in '95/I'll kill you if you try me for my Air Max 95s"
Artist: The Game
Track Title: "Hate It or Love It"

The mention of the 95s here is a dark symbol of cyclical violence. The Game touches on the all-too-common, but oft-ignored violence over sneakers. Since his childhood friend got killed over his Barkleys, he could very well be next, which prompts him to stay strapped. In addition, the 95s are known to be the Bloods' official shoe. That last bar represents both gang violence and that thirst for vengeance.

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