For as long as most people reading this post can remember, sneakers and hip-hop have been intertwined. It seems like nowadays you can’t go a whole week without a rapper name dropping a pair of kicks that either they just copped or have nostalgic memories for. Some would even argue that when one of the bigger names in hip-hop today mention their kicks in a hot song, it is even more valuable than the endorsement of an athlete. That is the power of not only kicks in the today’s culture, but also speaks to the continued resonance of hip-hop after all these years.

So what are some of the more critical moments in the history of kicks and hip-hop? Check out this interactive timeline now at TheDrop, the official Champs Sports blog.

Wale in the Fragment x Air Jordan 1
Wale in the Fragment x Air Jordan 1