As one of music's most prolific artists, Jay Z has kept it consistent with the wordplay for over a decade. Having the freshest gear has always been a part of a Hova's rhymes in some form or another, and through the years, he's also shown respect to sneaker culture.  Whether it's dropping a rhyme about his affinity for Air Jordans or plugging his own joint venture with Reebok, Jay Z's been known to lace his lyrics with a nod to kicks. In honor of Shawn Corey Carter's birthday, here is a History of Jay Z's Sneaker References.

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