I've recently come across some references to the Nike SB x Black Sheep collab as the "Gucci 2". While I mostly listen to crappy 80's music (Morrissey, Joy Division and New Order), I'd like to think I know a thing or two about classic hip-hop as well.If you have ever heard of Erik B. and Rakim, chances are you are familiar with their "Paid in Full" album – which seems to have quite a bit of resemblance to the leaked images we have seen so far.
Here's a breakdown:
Gold: Tongue label, swoosh and some of the upper heel panel
Green: Collar, and tongue label
Red / Gold: Sole
When I last spoke to Black Sheep, they mentioned the colorway was / would be based off of the shared "DIY" (do-it-yourself) mentality and spirit of skateboarding, fashion and hip-hop of the late 80's and early 90's.
I don't think I'm alone in thinking this album is the real inspiration behind the colorway: