Kanye West Disses Nike Exactly Like You’d Expect Him To

Kanye West Disses Nike Exactly Like You’d Expect Him To
Augustine Reyes Chan
By Augustine Reyes Chan
May 13, 2015
Kanye West is a number of things. He’s a rapper, singer, producer and songwriter. In addition, he’s also an entrepreneur, film director and fashion designer.
Now, West is also a doctor. On Monday, college dropout West, who left both American Academy of Art and later Chicago State University to pursue a career in music, received an honorary doctorate from Chicago’s School of the Art Institute, where he delivered a lecture.
What West is not is tactful. Which is why we shouldn’t be surprised that Yeezy found the time to use his SAIC guest lecture the day before to bad-mouth Nike, whom he used to design for.
Yeezy accused Nike of shortchanging him on the two signature sneakers he designed for them. He told the audience:

“I still left [Nike], because they weren’t giving me the opportunity to grow. They were working off an old business model, and [Nike founder and chairman] Phil Knight was somewhere on an island. And then [Nike CEO]  Mark Parker would go and find people whom I collaborated with years before, and try to do collaborations with them to seem cool … ”

We also shouldn’t be surprised that yet another jaw-dropping diss by West has gone viral.
Now here’s the diss. Wait for it.
OK, here it is:

“Nike hasn’t done, like, one cool thing this year.”

After West received loud applause for the comment, he added:

“Shots fired!”

Now here’s West’s explanation over leaving Nike:

“So when it was time to do the Adidas collection, and I left Nike because they refused to give me a percentage because I was not an athlete — I don’t have a NDA that says I can’t say this even though it seems wrong to say out loud — I left Nike because they refused to give me a percentage, they also offered me $4 million a year to stay, which is an unknown thing but I’m sure it’ll show up on Hypebeast tomorrow.”

As well as on Hip-Hop Wired, Complex, Ballerstatus and, well, you get the picture.
h/t: Complex
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