#WearTheMessage: 20 Shoe Models Embraced by the Hip Hop Community

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2. Nike Air Force 1

In New York these were dubbed Uptowns for a very long time because the trend began there. If you check the history, you will notice that hip hop has always had an infatuation with these sneakers. Diddy and Ma$e are wearing them in the "Mo Money, Mo Problems" video and Jay Z references them on "Can I Live," from his debut album, Reasonable Doubt. Nas even wears them on the cover of Stillmatic. And of course, Nelly made a song about them simply titled "Air Force Ones," which made us all buy more than we should have.

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