Kanye West Has No Hard Feelings Toward Drake Over Nike Deal
Drake may have quickly filled Nike’s hip-hop superstar void after Kanye West opted out of his contract recently, but Yeezy’s got no hard feelings, according to TMZ.
Citing “unnamed sources” close to the rapper, TMZ says that Kanye has some strong negative feelings towards his old shoe company, but is happy for Drake. “Kanye will always be happy with rappers taking steps in the fashion world,” their source said.
Kanye, of course, announced at the end of November that he’d be leaving Nike after the company refused to give him royalties on his Air Yeezys because he’s not a professional athlete. “It’s not even like I have a joint venture. At least give me some royalties,” Yeezy told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez. “Michael Jordan has 5 percent, that business is $2 billion. He makes a $100 million dollars a year off of 5 percent royalties. Nike told me we can’t give you royalties because you’re not a professional athlete. I told them, I go to the Garden and play one-on-NO-ONE. I’m a performance athlete.”
He also announced on that show that he’d signed to Adidas, with the shoe retailer confirming that they had snapped up Kanye on December 3. “For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West,” the company said in a statement. “Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter.”
Drake took to his Instagram account to unveil the first prototypes of his Nike shoes, above.