Kareem "Biggs" Burke has been doing a lot with Roc-A-Fella and sneakers these days. One of the co-founders of the historic hip-hop label recently collaborated with Nike for a general release of the much coveted Roc-A-Fella Air Force 1. Back in the day, Biggs, Jay, and Dame would have competitions around their sneakers.
Biggs sat down and talked to Sole Collector for an episode of their "Full Size Run" series. The mogul spoke about knowing Kanye and his impact on sneaker culture before discussing the possibility of Drake going to Adidas and leaving Jordan Brand. Biggs also spoke about Roc-A-Fella's long history with Air Force 1s or "Uptowns," as New Yorkers call them. The shoe would soon become a mainstream staple as Nelly would record a hit song, titled "Air Force Ones." Biggs also addressed if Nelly took the Air Force 1 wave from Roc-A-Fella.
"I mean, I don't really go into that. A sneaker's love is all over. If someone gravitates towards something and wants to put it in a song, or something like that, more kudos to them. It's not a taking or jacking kind of thing. We don't got equity in Nike. We don't own that sneaker. And what he was talking about at the time didn't have the Roc-A-Fella logo on it," he explained at the 6:30 mark.
Watch the full episode of "Full Size Run" above.