Rap star Lil Nas X‘s controversial Satan Shoes will never make it to true diehard fans’ feet. New reports claim sports apparel giant Nike has settled a lawsuit with the manufacturer responsible for putting out the “MONTERO”-inspired sneakers onto the market.
Nike + Lil Nas X’s Satan Shoes War Ends
According to reports, Nike settled its lawsuit after a publicized war against Nas X and his sneaker collaborator. Despite things ending peacefully, part of the agreement is for the kicks to never see the light of day.
Nike tells TMZ … it’s reached an agreement with MSCHF, the company producing the custom shoes based on Nike’s Air Max 97. The so-called Satan Shoes were inspired by Lil Nas’ demonic-themed music video for his new song, “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).” The footwear giant tells us the settlement calls for MSCHF to launch a voluntary recall to buy back all Satan Shoes it’s sold for their original retail prices in order to remove them from circulation. (TMZ)
Lil Nas X Gets Emotional After Going No. 1
Earlier in the week, the rap hitmaker geeked out over his achievement with “MONTERO” debuting atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. X shared a super emotional and motivational message after going No. 1.
“last year i was sitting in my apartment thinking it was all over for me. i was trying so hard to be perfect, to please everyone, and not make any enemies. that stifled me creatively. i felt so sorry for myself. but around this time in 2020 i pulled it together, me, daytrip, omer, & roy, worked for months on end. one day in june i was working on a song and found myself leaving the studio every 10 minutes to cry. but i didn’t stop working, a melody came to my mind. “call me when u want na-na-na-na na, and i knew it was something special about it, fast forward a year later it’s the biggest song in the world. thank you guys so much. we get to decide OUR own destiny, never let the world decide it for YOU! i love you! 🏹🤍”
X didn’t stop there. Lil Nas also shared a throwback video from last year featuring himself talking to the future version of himself.
“made this video in june 2020 to congratulate my future self. we have arrived. 🥲🤍”
The Bounce Back
A few days ago, X went to his Instagram page to keep the attention on his music. Instead of letting his emotions loose on a publicized war with Nike, Lil Nas trolled haters with a graphic King Kong pic and news of his latest smash enjoying overseas success.
“swipe for good news … MONTERO IS OFFICIALLY NUMBER 1 IN THE UK! THANK YOU GUYS SO F*CKING MUCH!”
Nike Gets Restraining Order Against Satan Shoes
Last week, reports emerged about Nike filing a restraining order against MSCHF, the art collective that collaborated with Lil Nas X to make his recent devil-inspired shoes. They’ve blocked all sales of the limited-edition sneakers, which have drawn a whole lot of backlash. However, MSCHF announced they shipped out most pairs already.
“Nike filed a trademark infringement and dilution complaint against MSCHF today related to the Satan Shoes,” Nike told CBS News in a statement Thursday. “We don’t have any further details to share on pending legal matters. However, we can tell you we do not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF. The Satan Shoes were produced without Nike’s approval or authorization, and Nike is in no way connected with this project.”
The court order states that the Brooklyn-based agency cannot fulfill any orders. During a court hearing Thursday morning, MSCHF’s lawyer said that the majority of the shoes, over 600 pairs, have already been shipped to individual consumers, arguing that this rendered Nike’s claims irrelevant. (CBS)