This past Sunday, Kobe Bryant and a few of his teammates debuted the Nike Zoom Kobe V “Kid Hollywood” on the NBA court. This particular design, which many of you labeled one of the best Kobe V colorways to date (and rightfully so), was created by 28-year-old Jason Hamilton AKA DJ “Kid Hollywood”. Hamilton manufactured the winning design in the week-long Nike Zoom Kobe V iD contest that took place at the beginning of March.
We sat down with Jason Hamilton to discuss a slew of topics regarding his Nike Zoom Kobe V iD and other sneakers. Click here to read about Hollywood’s design inspirations, his favorite sneakers of all time and his entire NikeiD experience.
Nike Zoom Kobe V iD “Kid Hollywood”
Nice Kicks: First off, state your age, location, favorite kicks, favorite team and why you love shoes.
Kid Hollywood: My name is Jason Hamilton, and? I’m 28 years old. My favorite shoes of all time have to be the Nike Penny Foamposites, and my favorite teams are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’ve loved shoes since I was a little boy especially when I got my first pair of black cement Air Jordan IV’s. From then on, every year I would cop the new Jordans.
Nice Kicks: What was your initial reaction when you saw the Nike Zoom Kobe V? ?Where did you see it first?
Kid Hollywood: When I first saw the Nike Zoom Kobe V (which was on Nice Kicks), I wasn’t completely sold on a shoe that was almost as low as my Chucks! They started to grow on me as time went by and more and more pictures started to surface. Then, the pictures of the “Dark Knight” Nike Zoom Kobe V and the “Bruce Lee” Kobe Vs dropped and it was game over. I was sold that these would be the ‘Kicks of the Year’ (well at least for me)!
Nice Kicks: Do you have a pair of Kobe Vs? ?How do you like how it looks/feels? In you opinion, what makes the Kobe V one of your favorites?
Kid Hollywood: Yeah I have the “Bruce Lee” Kobe Vs, and I got a pair of iD’s coming in the mail that look like the Air Jordan I (seen below). I’ve had plenty of shoes in my day but the Kobe V is, by far, the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. They’re almost as light as my socks! The look is simple yet stylish and doesn’t look like any other basketball shoe out there. It’s uniqueness and style make it one of my favorites.
Kid Hollywood’s Nike Zoom Kobe V “Air Jordan I”
Nice Kicks: Before last night, what was your favorite colorway of the Kobe V that Bryant has worn on the court? Any reason why you like this color?
Kid Hollywood: Well, other than the “Bruce Lee” Kobe Vs, I would have to say the “Inline” Kobe V (referring to the Nike Zoom Kobe V white/black-purple) has to be my favorite on the court this year. I love the way the Pearl on the shoe pops! Plus, you can’t forget about the speckle.
Nice Kicks: When you heard about the NikeiD contest what was initial reaction? Better yet, what are your thoughts on NikeiD’s connection to the sneaker community?
Kid Hollywood: There was no doubt in my mind that I had to enter the contest. I just didn’t think that I would ever win it! NikeiD has given the sneaker community a chance to be a part of shoe history. It shows that, without this community, there is no NikeiD; so it’s just a great way to say thanks in my opinion.
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