Sunday, October 16, 2016


Benny Page
Smeaker Pimp Split 12" W/Rhythm Beater (Cutterz Choice, 2004)

Sneaker Pimp

1. A fraudulent person

… I see corporate hands up in foreign lands
With the man behind the man gettin' paid behind the man
I hold the rocket stop the hand in my pocket
Two hundred a pair but I'm addicted to the gear
They'll make me do things on the court to amaze ya
I heard they make em for a buck 8 in Asia
They came a long way baby since
Clyde Frazier had Pumas, pullin' mad consumers
Them Filas I'm feelin' but I can't touch the ceiling
Them New Balance hits a hundred and twenty million
The last thing I need is Adidas terminatin' my contract
For wearing those old pair of wack
Reebok low tops covered up by floppy socks ...

From: Politics Of The Sneaker Pimps
by Public Enemy (He Got Game - Def Jam Recordings, 1998)

This Time (Good Head, 2003)

"I'm not hiding," Sonny Vaccaro told a closed hearing at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., in 2001. "We want to put our materials on the bodies of your athletes, and the best way to do that is buy your school. Or buy your coach."

The Knight Foundation, a nonprofit that takes an interest in college athletics as part of its concern with civic life, had tasked them with saving college sports from runaway commercialism as embodied by the likes of Vaccaro, who, since signings his pioneering shoes contract with Michael Jordan in 1984, had built sponsorship empires successively at Nike, Adidas, and Reebok.

Not all the members could hide their scorn for the "sneaker pimp" of schoolyard hustle, who boasted of writing checks for millions to everybody in higher education.

Taylor Branch

From: The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA (Byliner, 2011)

Hard Evidence
Last One Standing 12" (Rebellion Records/Longshot Music, 2014)

Sneaker Pimp

2. A sneakers collector

(The band) Sneaker Pimps take their name from a posse employed by The Beastie Boys to make trainer-buying runs to New York. The Beasties' Mike Diamond turned up at one of the Sneakers' LA gigs (1996), although, according to (Sneaker Pimps') Liam Howe, he doesn't remember coining the term ("He did say it though - on The Word" (UK TV show on Channel 4).
Source: Sneaker Pimps Box

Spin magazine referred to Ad-Rock (Beaties Boys's Adam Horovitz) as "The Original Sneaker Pimp"
[September 1998 issue]

Luego Estamos (DIY, 2012)

Ever since being twelve years old, I have collected sneakers. Hence the need for a shoe room at the house. I am a self-confessed "sneaker pimp" who has OCD when it comes to both my and other people's footwear.

Taboo (Of The Black Eyed Peas)
From: Fallin' Up (Touchstone, 2011)

Violently Coloured Sneakers CD (Voices Of Wonder Records, 1996)


Tight Shoes (Bearsville, 1980)

Tight Shoes (Bearsville, 1980) | Back Cover