Last night, Kanye West was in the Barclays Center for the second straight date and he went on another long "rant" that addresses all the current topics he's been talking about in recent interviews. In this rant, he mentions Nike CEO Mark Parker, which adds fuel to the fire that this new deal he signed a week and a half ago in the interview with Philly's Hot 107 is sneaker-related.
"They tried to make it as small as possible. Mark Parker even talked sh--, talking about, 'We don't even know why people like the Yeezys,' " he shouted. "They like 'em like they like the Jordans, because I was in fourth grade getting kicked out for drawing Jordans."
- Kanye West (above)
Speculation is abound that Kanye will be working with Yohji Yamamoto and the adidas Y-3 brand and that the line will be called "Yeezi". There has been no official announcement, but there are many sites with word of this rumor (like a KicksOnFire or Modern Notoriety). If this proves to be true, I feel like it could really shake up the culture because of the sheer influence and interconnectedness of hip hop, sneakers, and Kanye West. And as a fan of the adidas Y-3 brand and designs, I'd be elated if 'Ye was to work with them. It seems like a great fit on paper and would be something so fresh and atypical to the game that I can see a potential collab being very successful. Time will only tell, but considering that 'Ye says himself he has a new deal, I think we'll find out sooner than later.
Moments ago in NYC, those in attendance at the Pusha T My Name Is My Name listening party were treated to an intense new rant from Kanye West. Watch the guerilla footage above and view some quotables below. Say what you will, but I love 'Ye's passion for the art.
"Fuck the corporations!”
“It’s all about good music.”
“We don’t give a fuck about how much money you make."