Veteran MC Raekwon has teamed up with Diadora and Foot Locker, Inc. on a “Community Linx” series of sneaker drops and community initiatives aimed at helping local music talent reach the next level of their careers.

The series kicks off in New York City with the release of a N9002 dressed in NYC’s orange and blue. Along with the release, 16 up-and-coming musicians from NYC were invited to participate in a four-week beat-making course hosted by producer and DJ Scram Jones. At the end of the course, the participants will present their beats to Raekwon and special guest Dave East at a private event where they’ll receive direct feedback and counsel from them.

“I concepted Community Linx because I wanted to bring music and sneaker culture together in a meaningful way,” says Raekwon. “I’m thankful that Diadora and Foot Locker, Inc. believed in my vision. Together, we aim to inspire the next generation of music talent by providing them with tools and resources to hone their craft. I can’t wait to hear their work. Every sneaker capsule represents the hustle of each city and hopefully serves as a reminder to keep chasing your dreams.”

After NYC, it will be Philadelphia’s turn, followed by Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston. Each city will get their own shoe and similar local activation, while a seventh “Universal” shoe will be available nationwide. The “Universal” colorway comes in black and features galaxy print and reflective details. All seven pairs feature Diadora and Raekwon branding on the heels, are equipped with a Community Linx hangtag, and come in special boxes featuring landmarks from their respective cities.

This is not the first time Raekwon released a shoe with Diadora. In 2015, they teamed up on a “Purple Tape” N9000 with Packer inspired by Raekwon’s solo debut album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. This was followed by a sequel shoe in 2020.

The Raekwon x Diadora “Community Linx” releases kick off with the N9002 “NYC” on January 27th available online exclusively at and and in-store at NYC Foot Locker locations. This will be followed by the release of the “Universal” colorway on February 5th online (Champs/FTL) and in-store nationwide. Check out both pairs below and stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for info on future “Community Linx” drops.

Raekwon x Diadora N9002 “NYC”
Release Date: January 27, 2022
Price: $120 USD

Raekwon x Diadora N9002 “Universal”
Release Date: February 5, 2022
Price: $120 USD


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