Kanye West Did Not Receive Royalties For Air Yeezys

Kanye West speaks on the paparazzi attempting to draw a reaction out of him by alluding to his mother.

Among rapper Kanye West’s numerous ventures outside of music was the Air Yeezy, a sneaker collaboration between both Ye and Nike. Released in 2009, the Air Yeezy was then followed by the release of the Air Yeezy 2 last year, which reportedly sold for as much as $80,000 through online auctioning, according to the New York Daily News.

But during a recent interview, Kanye revealed that despite the success of the kicks, he did not receive any royalties for his involvement. The G.O.O.D. Music emcee shared the news as he spoke on daughter North West and making decisions based on the effect they might have on his family.

“Man, just not making decisions for myself and making sure I made decisions for my family,” said Kanye. “Like if it’s for myself, I would have been cool just sitting in Nike not getting no royalties. Letting people line up for the Yeezys and not—you know. When I’m having negotiations and then I go and look in my daughter’s eyes and when I go and negotiate after that I’m like ‘Oh y’all ain’t finna talk to me like that. We finna get this money right.’”

Kanye later addressed TMZ and the paparazzi and spoke on an incident in which a member of the paparazzi attempted to use his mother’s death to incite a reaction from the rapper as he traveled with “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Scott Disick whose mother passed away this month.

“I’mma give you an example of some TMZ,” he said. “So, I’m riding around to hang out with Scott, right? Cause he just wanted to build with me after his mom passed and everything. We got the top down, driving around L.A., and we wasn’t giving the paparazzi no reaction. So, one of the paparazzi screamed out ‘Oh, it’s the mothers brothers.’ I’m actually very extremely, extremely, extremely happy. I got joy in my life. I’m so happy. Do you see the way my smile is at the end of that stage?”

Over the past few years, Kanye has engaged in a number of confrontations with the paparazzi. Most recently, the rapper plead not guilty to battery and attempted grand theft charges, which stemmed from a July incident with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.

Video of Kanye’s interview with Washington D.C.’s The Russ Parr Morning Show can be found below (via AllHipHop).

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  • OC

    was he even supposed to get royalties on his shoes? Cuz I'm sure Nike gave him money to design the shoes.

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  • PFFT

    It seems like the only way for their kind to make a legitimate income is to learn to play basketball, football, or rap. Rapping is seemingly a copout for these people since they let anyone get on the microphone nowadays, even a brain dead test tube baby. If they won't apply for food stamps like they're supposed to, then they take the easy way out. Instead of working a regular 9-to-5 job or attending college & earning a degree, these lazy & shiftless people grab a pen & paper and spit garbage over clich, hard-knocking beats. I bet you all didn't know that rap was invented by a white man by the name of Mel Gibson. That's right, the actor. One day, as he was perfecting his craft in high school, a gang of blacks cornered him in an alley & jumped him. One of those suspects by the name of Kool Herc, took his rhyme book & used it to create the global phenomenon that is known as hip hop. So you see, Lord Jamar, white people aren't the guests in hip hop - black people are. Or rather, they're the crooks who stole hip hop & made it into a pipe dream where everyone can pick up a pen & bust out a rhyme.

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    Aww, man! It sucks to get screwed over. Now you know how everyone who bought your last album feels!

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  • Anonymous

    from that sentence i got that he got paid from them he was being hypothetical when he said that

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  • Lord Jamar

    This is what is wrong with companies, they just dont want to pay a brother excuse, i mean GOD. i think its because of his skincolor. This must stop!

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  • ola

    as much as i think kanye been running his mouth a little too much (and it took me his following interview AFTER Kimmel to feel like this), having his name on the Yeezy's (which even I wish I had the money to buy, not only for supporting Kanye but the fact his design is sick) and not getting paid for royalties from it means he's opening you eyes to industry (aswell as about the Mother brothers comment)...lets see what happens tho, people love and hate Kanye but he's gonna make history I believe that.

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    Look at our next president. The one who will finally make America the country it should be. Yeezus loves all his children, and he loves you too. Unlike Bush he does not hate black people. Unlike Obama he does drone children. Kanye 2016 is a vote for peace, happiness, and prosperity.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye still too scared to go breakfast club lol

    • Anonymous

      notice how well behaved c-tha god was when gucci mane did that interview? he had them all shook

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, because I guarantee you, Charlamagne's bitch ass wouldn't talk shit at all, and if he does, it would come out politely. Like, "You Ye, I haven't been a fan of the way you've been acting" instead of "Kanye is acting like a bitch, he's not acting like hiphop royalty".

  • BishopB

    I think if you try to diss a Big white name like Taylor Swift in front of a hick azz and celebrity filled crowd. Kill yo self nigggz.. lol u think these people are gonna give yo azz a dollar anymore? either way...all the best Kanye, its you against the world Niggga... If you were white, you'd be side to side with Em.

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  • Huh?!?!?!

    "....I would have been cool just sitting in Nike not getting no royalties. Letting people line up for the Yeezys and notyou know. When Im having negotiations and then I go and look in my daughters eyes and when I go and negotiate after that Im like Oh yall aint finna talk to me like that. We finna get this money right. WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT SHIT?!?!?!?!!

  • Jackie

    This guy is confused.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye West should donate all his money to science and go chant on a mountain somewhere.

  • Pr3mis

    Really?!?! Horrible reporting or you just can't understand Kanye when he speaks! He actually says if it wasn't for his daughter, he might not care about the money. However, he wants it. You know he got PAID for those things. Period.

    • Anonymous

      DX is falling off hard, you know shit is getting bad, when they can go a day without posting a tmz like article...they can't.

    • hiphopdxsucks

      agreed. terrible reporting. Just sad. No one can understand this fashinista. hip hop d smdh at your reporting.

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