While rumors have whirled for days if not weeks, Kanye West announced today in an interview with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 that he has partnered with adidas. In the interview, West mentions taking the deal with adidas while addressing the passion put into the Nike Air Yeezy designs and his previous deal with Nike:

“I asked them when the Yeezy “Red Octobers” are coming out. I asked them, me Kanye West, asked Nike when’s it coming out. They said, ‘we’re not sure yet.’ They let me design two shoes over five years. And I’m happy I could design them, but they ain’t do me no favor because Eminem designed a shoe, Pharrell designed a shoe. I just designed the Yeezys. I turned up, because I was in fourth grade designing Jordans and I brought back that feeling. You ain’t never felt that way about a shoe, since the Jordans, the way people feel about the Yeezys. I put that feeling. The same feeling that I put in College Dropout, Graduation, 808s, I put that feeling in there.

“So then I start turning up in the BBC interview, so [Nike] said, ‘ok cool, we’re gonna give you a bigger sandbox to play in. We’re gonna give you this amount right here to design, and two collections a year, and 30 SKUs — that’s the amount of items that you have. Would that make you happy, Kanye?’ And I said, ‘well I need royalties.’ It’s not even like I have a joint venture. At least give me some royalties. Michael Jordan has 5%, that business is $2 billion. He makes a $100 million dollars a year off of 5% royalties. Nike told me, ‘we can’t give you royalties because you’re not a professional athlete.’ I told them, ‘I go to the Garden and go one on NO ONE. I’m a performance athlete.’

“So the old me, without a daughter, would have taken the Nike deal because I just love Nikes so much. But the new me, with a daughter, takes the adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family.”

Stay tuned to Nice Kicks for updates on the partnership with Kanye West and adidas. Give us your feedback on Kanye’s pairing with the Three Stripes in the comment section.

Sources: Miss Info & Complex

Photo by FameFlynet via Zimbio

Updated with video spotted at Nah Right

  • elhambone

    greed kills slowly

    • chad

      Well he still gets to design a signature shoe.. This time for a hefty paycheck.. I fail to see the downside. Its not exactly life or death its new sneakers ha

      • pope

        this will definitely separate the hypebeasts and those who purely love sneakers

  • tyson

    man the addias sign better not be all over the shoe beacuse the addias sign is ugly also im looking forward to the price being lower because if the shoe doesnt look as appealing to me as the nike air yeezzzy 2s

  • cmoorerun

    I love Kanye’s ego. Like, I’m not mad at all. “And because of that… I’mma be bigger than Walmart.”

  • rant and whine

    this move immediately makes the yeezys even more rarer than ever…good luck when the red october drops…

  • rant and whine

    this move immediately makes the yeezys even more rarer than ever…good luck when the red october drops…