Rappers love talking about the impact and influence they’ve had on their fellow peers, no matter the significance of the movement. Everything down to color preference has been credited to individuals–Cam’Ron made sure to let you know it only took “One glare and wink” to get people to copy his habitual pink-wearing on “Take ‘Em To Church.”
There are few in the rap game (or any other game for that matter) that can match Kanye West’s trendsetting, which spans across music, fashion, and so much more. Look at any list on celebrity style, and there’s a certainty he’s on it. He’s a musician first–he was a driving force behind the sped-up-soul sample movement in the early 2000s–but ‘Ye, who turned 38 years old today, has made it clear his eyes are on a prize far bigger than just the music.
It’s safe to say he’s achieved many of his goals. There’s a reason many think he’s had a transformative effect on sneaker culture and fashion–he has the drive, ambition, and talent to create art no one else has dreamed of yet. Say what you will about his boasts, but his aim to stand alongside the greats in multiple industries is something to admire.
Plenty of people have put their name on a sneaker–rappers included–but Yeezy’s boundary-pushing taste and boldness has made the Chicago native’s signature sneakers one of the hottest sellers, period. He’s worked with rival fashions, rubbed elbows with “high-brow” designers, and made sure you need to rock his sneakers.
To celebrate his birthday today, here’s a Ranking of Kanye West’s Signature Sneakers. Hopefully he continues to bless the world with heat for years to come.
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