September 11th, 2007
Kanye?s classic third album, Graduation, debuted at number 1 on the charts in the fall of 2007. Takashi Murakami?s cover art saw the trademark Dropout Bear propelling in a pair of the Nike Air Mags, only adding buzz to the possiblilty of a return. The album?s intro, ?Good Morning?, featured a DeLorean reference as well as an accompanying visual with the bear sporting the Mags and hopping into the alluded car. Six months later West would announce his collaboration with Nike that would garner comparisons to Marty McFly’s Nikes due to their retro-super-future design.