This 18-Year-Old Makes A Fortune Selling Sneakers To Celebrities Like Drake And DJ Khaled

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  • Published on Jan 6, 2018
  • Benjamin Kickz, an 18-year-old entrepreneur who sells incredibly rare sneakers to celebrities, sat down with Business Insider to discuss how he does it all. The following is a transcript of the video.
    Benjamin Kickz: My name is Benjamin Kickz and I'm 18 years old and I get sneakers for a lot of celebrities and also sell them on my website to the public.
    I got into sneakers at 13, so like, 5 years ago, but I really started selling them heavy at 15. Basically what made me get into buying and selling shoes was because my mom bought me this one shoe, the LeBron 9 Galaxys, and everyone was like “oh this is the wave.” I just felt like I had the sauce, so I just started buying shoes.
    The first sneakers I ever bought was either the Galaxy Foams or the Milo 7s. And then my dad was like “oh, you must be crazy, you're out of your mind.” And then I sold them for $1,000. He was like “oh, so you found someone just as dumb as you.”
    Basically, I started off with DJ Khaled cause he was the first celebrity that I sold sneakers to. Then he introduced me to a bunch of other people like P. Diddy and French Montana and all of them.
    Before he had a Snapchat, we would just hang out all the time and do stuff. Then he made a Snapchat which obviously went viral I'm pretty sure we all know.
    And then from there, he just started posting Snapchats of stuff we always use to do. And people used to think it was funny and not normal but it was regular stuff we did.So he put me on through Snapchat basically and then just helped my business. How's business, you know, it's boomin'.
    A lot of my clients are in the music industry but I guess it's because I was always into hip-hop as a kid, like, that's all I listened to. After DJ Khaled, he introduced me to a bunch of other artists, so I guess it just went from there. Athletes too but I'm not into sports as much I'm into hip-hop. Some of my favorite artists are like Migos, Drake, Future, Lil Wayne, obviously.
    Manny: What is it like to hang and party with Drake?
    Benjamin: I mean, I don't think he's like how he is in his music because I've never been with him when he's in his feelings, so I don't know. But like … he's cool, he's mad cool.
    Manny: So out of all those artists who are your biggest customers?
    Benjamin: Probably P. Diddy. Like, he just buys like, phew. Yeah, very, very bulk.
    Manny: Tell me about what you think about the Under Armour shoes.
    I think the Under Armour shoes are amazing, I love them. I got a pair for myself, personally. The Steph Curry ones. I think the Big Baller Brand shoes, I think they're dope. Everyone's saying they're too expensive for like $500 retail price. Personally, I think it's a little high, but the shoe's dope and obviously they're some of the best players out right now so, you know, do your thing.
    Manny: They're getting a lot of props for just taking their own lane and making their own shoe. Is that something you could see yourself getting into?
    Benjamin: Yeah, most definitely. I mean, I wouldn't mind a contract depending on like, who it would be, but I would definitely do my own shoe also. I have some things in the making, but I don't know, we have to put it all together, you know?
    Manny: What's your merch? What's your brand?
    Benjamin: Oh, Boomin'. This.
    Manny: How's that doing?
    Benjamin: Boomin'.
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Comments • 857

  • dirt rally fantic
    dirt rally fantic 2 days ago

    He seems kinda like a dick

  • Derp 360
    Derp 360 2 days ago

    Weird flex but ok

  • Desirée J
    Desirée J 7 days ago +3

    This guy didnt start from nothing, he grew up into riches and privilege. A lot of "normal" people dont just sell a shoe to Dj Khaled that easily

  • thiago iñiguez
    thiago iñiguez 8 days ago

    this rich kids

  • Joseph Anistratov
    Joseph Anistratov 9 days ago

    Small loan of a million dollars from his dad gets connected with bulk sellers spends his million and than gets connected with dj k and than others as well! Sounds easy lol

  • Trasenda Monfort
    Trasenda Monfort 11 days ago +1

    Tf these celebs could be gettin sneaks from actual places like complex or flight club but no they gettin ripped off by some 18 year old🤣😂 but I gues...good husslen fella

  • Hazim Mustafa
    Hazim Mustafa 12 days ago

    So cool I wish I was like him

  • Ruben Mendoza
    Ruben Mendoza 14 days ago +1

    At 2:03 it looks like P. Diddy about to smash my mans. But we all know that boy only likes me.

  • Ur mom Gae and aid
    Ur mom Gae and aid 16 days ago

    1:37 Benjamin kickz meeting big fan

  • Seth Adam
    Seth Adam 16 days ago

    I can not believe this I've received $2546 Try these and you will not regret it
    greatteammon.win?Ug5laN

  • JJZ
    JJZ 17 days ago +1

    1:55 so disrespectful

  • John Kerwin
    John Kerwin 18 days ago

    How school

  • Jimmy
    Jimmy 18 days ago +1

    for the haters, *work smart*

  • Angus Lau
    Angus Lau 19 days ago

    ESHAY

  • Just Joe’ Rico Vlogs

    That's not selling at all

  • Just Joe’ Rico Vlogs

    So resell???

  • Fre Shava Cado
    Fre Shava Cado 21 day ago

    So he sell second hand sneakers to artist out there?

  • Sénior Pérez
    Sénior Pérez 22 days ago +5

    I dont understand why people, better yet celebrities, buy his shoes that are overpriced.

    • Pumpkin
      Pumpkin 16 days ago

      Sénior Pérez he built a name for himself so these celebs trust him, plus they’re celebs they won’t be meeting someone they don’t know to buy shoes

  • Alison Armstrong
    Alison Armstrong 22 days ago +1

    How do you get all that money

  • SFxMIGI PUBG MOBILE
    SFxMIGI PUBG MOBILE 23 days ago

    He looks 15

  • Third Echelon
    Third Echelon 23 days ago

    This dude a bit heavy

  • Bad baby Audios
    Bad baby Audios 23 days ago +21

    He looks like he’s 12🤣

  • XGN Gaator
    XGN Gaator 26 days ago +1

    He looks more like 13

  • Light Yagami
    Light Yagami 26 days ago

    Wow

  • Corndog
    Corndog 26 days ago

    Then he’s gonna grow up to be a drug addict

  • ThunderGaming566
    ThunderGaming566 26 days ago

    This kid looks like a fagit

  • Trevor Michaud
    Trevor Michaud 26 days ago

    Lol this kid was born rich. He didn't come from nothing like most of us, don't try and act like he's some wrags to riches story.

  • Harold Shepherd
    Harold Shepherd 26 days ago

    At least he is using his own money

  • MrSisterFister
    MrSisterFister 27 days ago +27

    " as a kid i used to listen to hip-hop"
    You still a kid wtf

  • Anime Nerd
    Anime Nerd 28 days ago

    Now he’s 18 now *legal adult*

  • Mike Ward
    Mike Ward 29 days ago

    FairPlay doing something decent with his life unlike other 18 year olds

  • Josh Hooping
    Josh Hooping Month ago

    Mans just called the ball family some of he best out

  • Abdealii
    Abdealii Month ago

    Getting some motivation from the younger dudes here😄

    • Relja __
      Relja __ 28 days ago

      His that is multi milionair, the kid got many conections, his dad orginized the drake being in the bar etc. (Sorry for the english)

  • Danyal Nasir
    Danyal Nasir Month ago

    With rich parents that buy what ever you want that is simple

  • Tim G
    Tim G Month ago

    Lmao for everyone who didn’t know his dad is a millionaire

  • Karo
    Karo Month ago

    Reality kids making more money than adults

  • Ally Freshour
    Ally Freshour Month ago

    He needs to just talk like a white boy lmao he sucks at trying to act hype and black .

  • Young Phoenix
    Young Phoenix Month ago

    Bruh his dad is rich asf and has connections. This is a joke. Spoiled ass kid lol 😂😂😂

  • Jake ,
    Jake , Month ago

    Looks 13
    Sounds 13
    He's not 18

  • Helena CHAN
    Helena CHAN Month ago

    I undertsand his dad

  • Team Lust
    Team Lust Month ago +84

    Basically what this video is about: You need money to make money

  • Andrew Berlant
    Andrew Berlant Month ago +2

    You wouldn’t have this without your dad

  • niki014
    niki014 Month ago

    “But his parents are rich”
    Meh so what everyone with their luck
    Life is a race just because I am 10 steps before you that doesn’t mean you can’t finish the finish line
    Life ain’t fair

  • Billy Idol Rockstar

    Not 18

  • ShreddBoT TV
    ShreddBoT TV 2 months ago

    www.aliveshoes.com/war-with-gravity

  • knownFuu.
    knownFuu. 2 months ago

    He reminds of bhad babie when she cought clout

  • SlipperyGamerPlus 2006
    SlipperyGamerPlus 2006 2 months ago +1

    Flexing

  • NiceGuy
    NiceGuy 3 months ago

    Sposored By Mom Credit Card.

  • MyUglyHairline
    MyUglyHairline 3 months ago

    I thought he was 14

  • PAIN !.!
    PAIN !.! 3 months ago +3

    BEN hows school? GOOD! I LIKE THAT

  • LordLenni
    LordLenni 3 months ago +1

    Ben sounds exactly like DJ Khaled 0:58

  • IW503601
    IW503601 3 months ago

    I don’t understand these words, I know the shoes but the rest? Wave, sauce, I mean what

  • Williams Thottungal
    Williams Thottungal 3 months ago +6

    What this kid just said Lonzo Ball is one of the best players in the NBA? You trippin

  • Adrian Ramirez
    Adrian Ramirez 3 months ago +7

    1:49 he predicted Drake's in my feelings I swear

    • aaa eee
      aaa eee 3 months ago

      You stole that comment

  • Marcus2fire __
    Marcus2fire __ 3 months ago

    Did this muthafucka say Lonzo ball trash ass is one of the best in the game right know

  • Daniel Böhme
    Daniel Böhme 3 months ago

    dReAm

  • CallMe Frosty
    CallMe Frosty 4 months ago

    Alright

  • Bryan Queant
    Bryan Queant 4 months ago

    He's 18! And he sells shoes that are already real!

  • Sub to JAYBUILDZYT
    Sub to JAYBUILDZYT 4 months ago

    This kid not 18

  • Victoria Secret
    Victoria Secret 4 months ago

    Mostly kidd low status keep asking money from their parents

  • Victoria Secret
    Victoria Secret 4 months ago

    But damm this kidd really good how to make money than asking for money even their parent rich

  • BEmagiK
    BEmagiK 4 months ago

    silver spoon in the face ass

  • Aidan Stewart
    Aidan Stewart 4 months ago

    Gotta respect the young hustler making his own wave despite all the people trying to discredit him for being born into a wealthy family. Haters gonna hate

  • Gabriel Rader
    Gabriel Rader 4 months ago

    i think in the pics with the celebs he is trying to look cool but he looks stupid. also in the "ben hows school? GOOD. I like that" clip too

  • Hudson Payne
    Hudson Payne 4 months ago

    Like Jordan 11
    Comment Jordan 12

  • Skadoodle Noodle999
    Skadoodle Noodle999 4 months ago

    DRAKE??!!

  • Fantastic Gaming
    Fantastic Gaming 4 months ago

    He look 13

  • Zachary Rodriguez
    Zachary Rodriguez 4 months ago

    Aww, little hypebeast, dont forget to throw away a new pair of shoes, once you use those

  • Hugo Ngchok
    Hugo Ngchok 5 months ago

    I like Money kicks

  • helland
    helland 5 months ago

    Benjamin did not find up business is boomin it was one of the men on vice search up snake island part 2/2 to to 14.09 something and you can see it. The video is posted in 2014

  • John Kap
    John Kap 5 months ago

    He looks like 13 !!

  • Ryan Bemis
    Ryan Bemis 5 months ago

    Is it me or did anyone think it was strange that a fully grown man invites a 15 year old to his house to be on Snapchat with a half naked do caled

  • Dabbagh
    Dabbagh 5 months ago

    He looks 12

  • thizzle91
    thizzle91 5 months ago

    His dad is right. Bought some yeezy 350 and 700s and then sold them on stockx for a profit. Some people want to look rich. Poor bastards.

  • Oliver Hoyos
    Oliver Hoyos 5 months ago

    You look like 12

  • John Wall
    John Wall 6 months ago

    Kinda glazed over the way he met dj Khalid lmao

  • Fut rish fifa mobile
    Fut rish fifa mobile 6 months ago +1

    Rashed Belhasa is the real sneaker don

  • RS BlitzBall
    RS BlitzBall 6 months ago

    What’s his website?

  • ShadowFax
    ShadowFax 6 months ago +6

    This kids on his phone looking like he’s so important and the only word this kid knows is “DOPE”
    Get a life kid.

    • Krumzebell Abethabek
      Krumzebell Abethabek 2 months ago

      Psssh like you could even come close to doing what he’s doing 🤣.

    • j Thebarb
      j Thebarb 6 months ago +2

      ShadowFax he’s a millionaire quit hating on a kid you live a sad life

  • Brayan Lector
    Brayan Lector 6 months ago

    tvclip.biz/video/F48ZhOZ9l2A/video.html

  • Ben Shaw
    Ben Shaw 6 months ago

    Is this the next lil Tay

  • Rhett Crowell
    Rhett Crowell 7 months ago

    this man really just say the ball brothers are some of the best players out , im sleep

  • British Cayman Films
    British Cayman Films 7 months ago

    I thought it said fortnite

  • alev seda
    alev seda 7 months ago

    KEEP WINNING YOUNG MOGUL 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Benjamin Bpro
    Benjamin Bpro 7 months ago

    Hi

  • Daniels G
    Daniels G 7 months ago

    This kid doesnt look like 18 at all

  • Tezzzarect Brown
    Tezzzarect Brown 7 months ago

    Justin Bieber 2.0

  • 360 Kay
    360 Kay 7 months ago +1

    I low key hate this kid so much

  • Biggest noob on Fortnite

    Yo have more better shoes and I know how to sell them with easy money

  • Pug Fighter2000
    Pug Fighter2000 7 months ago

    He looks like 14

  • Damion Cogan
    Damion Cogan 7 months ago +1

    1:50 lol

  • Towlie
    Towlie 7 months ago

    If he’s 18 then I’m Jesus

  • Harvey Nathan
    Harvey Nathan 7 months ago

    He look 10

  • woah 8686
    woah 8686 7 months ago

    I thought I'd hate him but i don't. Hes humble. But then again i don't know him personally.

  • alois hermida
    alois hermida 7 months ago

    I dont like shoes so i gve 0 fucks

  • Derek Daly
    Derek Daly 7 months ago

    diddy most definitely got in that boys ass

  • Mahdi z zayani
    Mahdi z zayani 7 months ago

    You are nothing compared to Rs belhasa

  • Oh Yeah
    Oh Yeah 7 months ago

    Yo bro you not good

  • GhostNinja Mega Fan
    GhostNinja Mega Fan 8 months ago

    The next complex

  • I Play Tennis Today
    I Play Tennis Today 8 months ago

    Ew