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Nike Basketball: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2 Gil Scott-Heron Cover Videos)

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R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron.

Here’s a look at two Nike Basketball ads from the mid-1990’s playing off of Gil Scott-Heron’s original “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” track.

The Swoosh ads were written by then Wieden+Kennedy copywriter Stacy Wall (who of more recent fame directed the Nike LeBron “Rise” commercial) and narrated by KRS-One. Featured are a young crop of emerging stars: Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Jones, Jimmy Jackson and Joe Smith. Product shots of the Nike Zoom Flight 95, Nike Air Wayup (an Air Max Penny takedown shoe), and Nike Air 2 Strong Mid also make cameos.

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MAybe showing my age, but these commercials set Nike off in the mid-90’s. Makes me nostalgic for the Mavs and the three J’s.

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