If you were still on training wheels during the 1990s, you probably won’t remember the incredible impact that Timberland boots had on hip-hop during rap’s “Golden Age.”
“There were some cold winters in those days,” Wu-Tang’s RZA once told GQ. “They had all the qualities of a good product and that’s why we continued to wear them. Timberlands became something that was cool and rugged at the same time.”
But Timberland boots didn’t become so wildly popular that groups like Mobb Deep rocked them on album covers just because they kept your feet warm. Whether you were wearing the traditional tan colors or mixing it up, like RZA, they brought with them more than a shred of credibility. If you were rocking Timbs back in the day, people had to respect you. That’s just the way it was.
Nowadays, as with anything else, the new generation has come up and doesn’t care as much that Havoc was rocking Timbs on the back cover of Mobb Deep‘s classic 1995 album, The Infamous. They don’t care that Biggie once spit “Don’t make sense goin’ to Heaven with the goodie goodies. Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies.”
But that’s okay, because Timberlands are on their way back and as the months get colder and as the calendar turns from 2014 to 2015, no one can overlook how good it feels to roll out with a pair of new Timbs on your feet. That’ll continue this weekend, as a new 6-inch camo Timberland boot will be dropping on Friday at Champs Sports. To get you ready for the release, and to help school the young’ns out there, these are 10 of the Best Timberland Boot-Inspired Hip-Hop Lyrics.
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