A few days ago, Nike Basketball released “Be Courageous,” a tune and accompanying video crafted by pianist Robert Glasper, who they enlisted to help honor “20 years of courage & greatness from Kobe Bryant,” they said. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Bryant’s professional career, so in conjunction with Glasper’s composition, Nike will also debut the KOBE 11 BHM 4468 shoe. The shoe is a part of the Nike 2016 Black History Month collection, and “features an emblematic record on the tongue”, along with “other details connecting to the musical storyline.” For his part, Glasper drew inspiration from the date and place of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The date – April 4th, 1968 – became the 4/4-6/8 time signature of the piece. The site – Memphis, Tennessee – has been a long-standing hub of Southern soul and rhythm & blues, including the illustrious Stax Records, which pioneered the sound of artists like Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG’s, and Isaac Hayes, and provided a musical reservoir for the tune’s style and sound. Check out the video below, and read more on the project over at Nike.


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