We love uptown rapper Miss Banks' joie de vivre, not to mention her nasty flow—both qualities that reflect her upbringing in Harlem, a neighborhood built on vibrating energy and inventiveness. As she puts it in this clip, "Growing up in Harlem, you play on the streets. You're walking everywhere, you're seeing everything, and there's so much room for influence." As the borough's ambassador for Nike's 1LOVE program, Miss Banks acts as tour guide and translator, showing us around the infamous Rucker, rapping on the street with some dudes classic cipher-style, and generally exuding enthusiasm for one of the city's artistic, social and political epicenters. Kinda got chills watching this.
Nike Sportswear’s 1LOVE: Harlem Tour with Miss Banks
August 05, 2010