Kanye West Rumors
In early January, though, Wall announced that he was reuniting with Adidas. According to documents obtained by SI, Wall’s deal calls for him to be paid, in principle, a base of $4.825 million in 2017-2018; which then increases marginally and returns to $4.825 million in 2021-22. (While Wall will not have a signature shoe with Adidas, this deal permits him to collaborate on footwear with fellow clients like Kanye West and Pharrell, a likelihood, his representatives tell SI.)
JAY-Z Yeah, there was a great Kanye West line in one of [his] songs: “Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it.” [“Never Let Me Down,” from West’s 2004 album, “The College Dropout.”] Take a step back. I think when Donald Sterling3 got kicked out of the N.B.A., I thought it was a misstep, because when you kick someone out, of course he’s done wrong, right? But you also send everyone else back in hiding. People talk like that. They talk like that. Let’s deal with that. I wouldn’t just, like, leave him alone. It should have been some sort of penalties. He could have lost some draft picks. But getting rid of him just made everyone else go back into hiding, and now we can’t have the dialogue. The great thing about Donald Trump being president is now we’re forced to have the dialogue. Now we’re having the conversation on the large scale; he’s provided the platform for us to have the conversation.
Here’s what he remembered West saying: “‘I just want to let you know I admire you, I really like what you do, I hate to see that you’re underrated,’ I mean just going through all these things like he actually watches me play.” I actually agree with the rapper — Conley is underrated and awesome, and he definitely deserves some praise from a celeb. But you have to love that West just called him and dropped, “Yeah, this is Ye.”
Q: People started boycotting New Balance after the company seemed to voice support for Trump. Kanye West recently said he would’ve voted for Trump if he had voted. Would you still wear Yeezys? Iman Shumpert: I understand people’s stance on Trump. I can’t get caught up in the racial, sexist bullshit he’s got going on. That’s his personal thing, ya dig? But I just don’t think he can make anything shake like that. He not finna start no civil war out here. I do think he’s crazy—straight up. I think he did that stuff to get people to think he’s willing to shake it up. But did I vote for him? No. The other stuff that comes with him, I can’t get with. But now that he’s here, I’m not finna drag my feet. I gotta work here, at least until the offseason, if I wanna go get a crib in the Islands.
“People do that at concerts,” Willie Cauley-Stein said of West’s tirade. “But he could have done that and still done his set. But the way he did it, I don’t know. Kanye is dead to me. I’ll probably never support him again. I’ll probably never listen to another song.” Several players expressed their confusion on social media. Ticketmaster is refunding patrons. “It was one of the craziest things I’ve seen in entertainment ever,” Anthony Tolliver said. “Literally, people were speechless because they didn’t know what to think. I still don’t know why he left. I still don’t understand after his rant, after his talk, what does that have to do with you performing?”
Cauley-Stein was in no mood to give West another chance. He ended up wasting a Saturday night. “I thought it was obviously super (messed) up,” Cauley-Stein said. “I knew dudes that spent all day trying to get tickets to go, so they wasted a day getting tickets. I just thought it was dumb. He wasted all of our time trying to spread a message that’s a bad message.”
The MTV Video Music Awards was televised Sunday night from Madison Square Garden, and once you finish your diatribe about how like MTV doesn’t even play videos anymore, man, you can learn about how the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert appeared in Kanye West’s video for Fade, which he premiered during the show last night. The video stars an oiled up and barely clothed Teyana Taylor performing a Flashdance-esque dance to the song, and concludes with Shumpert, who is Taylor’s fiancé, joining her in the shower. Then Taylor transforms into a lion and she and Shumpert hold their child among a flock of sheep.