Kanye West Calls Out Adidas CEO For “Blatant Copying”

Kanye West accused the CEO of Adidas for copying his shoe designs. In a scathing Instagram post, he described the “blatant copying” as a disrespect to sneaker culture.

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The “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” rapper has accused Adidas’ CEO, Kasper Rorsted, of copying his designs. 

In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Ye began his post with, “This is Ye driving down the same street Kobe passed on. Maybe I feel that Mamba spirit right now.”

“To Kasper, I’m not standing for this blatant copying no more. 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 feel they can’t cause they’ll lose their contract or be called crazy,” he continued.

“Bravery is not being afraid. Bravery is overcoming your fear for your truth. This Ye with the blue paint on my face,” he added. 

Then in reference to the shoes that the rapper claimed Adidas stole, the new Adilette 22 slides, Kanye said:  “These shoes represent the disrespect that people in power have to the talent. This shoe is a fake Yeezy made by Adidas themselves.”

Ye then ended his post by asking Rorsted to “come and talk to me”.

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Kanye West’s Fake Yeezy Kicks Are Disappearing Quick

This isn’t the first time the Grammy-winning rapper has had to clapback at copycats. Retail giant Walmart was hit with a lawsuit by Yeezy for selling fake Yeezy Foam Runner slides. Reports claim the massive retailer pulled a stash of knockoffs from its site and claimed they were from a third party.

The latest reports claimed the Foam RNNRs are no longer up for grabs on Walmart’s official retail site. However, hundreds of versions still exist elsewhere on the Internet.