It’s been almost a month since Kanye West returned to Instagram after being suspended for breaking the platform’s policy rules. But on Monday, June 13, the musical genius and fashion designer woke up with a vengeance and accused Adidas of copying his popular Yeezy design.
In the since-deleted post from the billionaire rapper’s Instagram, he called out the brand he’s worked with for nearly a decade.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 11: Rapper Kanye West and girlfriend Chaney Jones attend a game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter at Crypto.com Arena on March 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
“THIS IS YE driving down the same street Kobe passed on Maybe I fee that Mamba spirit right now. To Kasper I’m not standing for this blatant copying no more,” said the “Easy” artist. “To all sneaker culture…to every ball player, rapper, or even if you work at the store. This is for everyone who wants to express themselves but they feel they can’t cause they’ll loose their contract or be called crazy.”
Along with the post, the 45-year-old shared a photo of Adidas’ Adilette 22 slides, a design that is set to drop on June 23. The shoes look similar to his Yeezy slides, which also have a thick midsole. The Adilette 22 features a textured design compared with the smooth top on Yeezys. West told Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted to come to him directly to address the matter.
Later he continued, “These shoes represent disrespect that people in power have to the talent. This shoe is a fake Yeezy made by Adidas themselves. I’m not talking to DC about this either. Kasper come talk to me. Happy Monday.”
Here is a photo of Adidas’ Adilette 22 slides (R) and Kanye West’s popular Yeezy slides (L).(Photo: @stockxculture/Instagram.)
Kanye West made history when he signed a $10 million deal with Adidas after splitting from Nike in 2013. According to Forbes, West’s fashion endeavors have increased his worth from $1.8 billion in April 2021 to $2 billion in the past year alone.
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