Kirko Bangz, Travis $cott Talk Reebok Classics, NBA Finals
As Reebok celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Classic Leather.
by Abe Schwadron / @abe_squad
Houston-born recording artist Kirko Bangz is a diehard Rockets fan, but that didn’t stop him from pulling hard for another Texas team in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. With about a minute left on Tuesday night, he and his crew were celebrating a San Antonio Championship in multiple Vine videos. Moments later, Kirko couldn’t believe what he’d just seen. Now, sitting on a couch in the basement of New York music spot S.O.B.’s, he wonders aloud why Pop didn’t leave Tim Duncan on the floor for the game’s final defensive possession.
“The last 30 seconds,” he shakes his head before continuing, “All we needed was a rebound. Couldn’t rebound, couldn’t hit free throws. I don’t know. The Spurs were supposed to win that shit, though.”
As for Thursday night’s Game 7? Kirko seems resigned to a Miami victory.
“I think Miami’s gonna win Game 7. We had to win Game 6—you can’t give them another chance like that. They got the momentum now, we old over here.”
Bangz was in town Wednesday to perform at Reebok Classics’ 30th Anniversary Party for the Classic Leather, one of the most influential and time-tested silhouettes in the sneaker game. The event featured Classic Leather colorways from the past, present and future, including the brand new City Classics collection, set to hit retail stores in July. Noted graffiti artist Stash orchestrated a collaborative effort amongst 12 of the world’s best up and coming graffiti artists to paint new, city-inspired colorways of the Classic Leather.
Also in tow were Doug E. Fresh, Freeway, Vinny Cha$e, Jim Jones, Brandy, DJ Envy and another Houston rapper and producer—Travis $cott. Known for having a unique style, $cott says even before he hit it big, the Classic Leather always fit just right.
“I always liked Classics, like tennis shoes. I was just into the way they fit jeans,” he says. “It has its own kind, its own texture, its own fit. It aligns with the jean right… I’m really into the super custom shoes, but still with the minimalism of it.”
In today’s futuristic footwear world of fast-evolving technology, the Classic Leather has withstood the test of time since 1983. As Bangz notes, “Everything now is so trendy, it’s in and out. So if you can be around two years—two, five, 10—to be around 30 years is a huge thing.”
Not only that, but Reebok Classics never came with the outrageous sticker prices of Jordans or Nikes, which bred loyalty from the ‘hood. “It was affordable. I was able to get them in school when I wasn’t able to get the $100 Js and stuff like that. And they still had the same type of look and swag of all the more expensive shoes,” says Kirko, who is happy to have come full circle. “I appreciate Reebok, and I appreciate getting a chance to link up with them.”