Bleacher Report took it upon themselves to mesh the differing worlds of soccer and hip-hop for an unlikely collaboration. BR unveiled the ”World Cup x Hip-Hop” collection on Friday (July 13), featuring an array of customized jerseys specially designed by a select group of artists paying homage to their hometowns.
21 Savage, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa, YBN Nahmir, The Roots, and Smokepurpp all put their design skills to the test and came away with some fascinating patterns to make up the jersey collection. “My brand is the dagger and Zone 6 4L, so I always rep both. I kept it simple and made sure the design represented me,” the Atlanta native says.
Vic Mensa made sure to find a tasteful cross between his experiences as a soccer fan and something that was heavily influenced by the city of Chicago. “I grew up playing soccer by way of my Ghanian father, so the sport is in my blood. I wanted to combine my experience with my love for the game to create something representing Chicago,” the 25-year-old explains.
Fans can shop the collection over at Bleacher Report's official website. Each jersey is available for $80. Check out each artist's work below prior to making your decision. The 2018 World Cup comes to a close on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET as France and Croatia do battle to see who takes home the crown.