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Kanye West apologises to Nike boss over outbursts

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Dec 10, 2013 | 10:24am EST

Outspoken rapper Kanye West has apologised to Nike boss Mark Parker after lashing out at the sportswear mogul and ditching the brand for a new rival deal with Adidas. The Stronger hitmaker recently expressed his frustrations with the delay in the release of his latest Nike Air Yeezy sneakers range in a series of interviews and onstage during his Yeezus tour, and accused Parker and fellow executives of refusing to grant him a cut of royalties for the hugely popular shoes he helped to design. He subsequently severed ties with the company and announced a new partnership with Adidas, and now West is backtracking over his Nike outbursts, insisting he is grateful for all the opportunities he had with the firm. In an interview with Tallboy.us, he says, "I really feel honoured to have had the chance to blow Yeezy up with Nike, and I really appreciate everything they did for me. I'm not knocking them on the way out, or burning no bridges (sic). I apologise for my frustration earlier..." West goes on to reveal that the Adidas deal caught his attention because it will give him more freedom for creativity. He adds, "It just feels good to be able to create more, create product that I can control the pricing on. That I can do quality control on. I feel very comfortable to have a great partner backing my ideas and allowing me to think and be creative and giving me that shot." Fellow rapper Drake has since signed with Nike to release his own line of sneakers.

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