Profession: DJ, sneaker writer/historian

I didn't grow up with much funds, so I never went shopping this time of the year. I pretty much wore my brother's hand-me-downs in grade school. When I played for Lower Merion H.S., the same alma mater as Kobe Bryant (I was there 12 years before him, though), we used to get a team discount. In '83-'84, we all got the new Nike Air Force 1s with the nylon mesh (original release), but that wasn't until the winter. I wasn't "fresh" back then. That happened once I started working for Def Jam in 1989 and finally had money. I was never jealous of kids being fresh. I just didn't have funds in school and was fine with that.