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Kanye West, the 36-year-old rap mogul, seems to be apologizing for his harsh words toward Nike CEO Mark Parker.
Although West has been speaking out against Parker in recent interviews and concerts while on his "Yeezus" tour, the rap mogul recently signed a deal with Adidas. Now, he seems ready to apologize for some of the statements that he has been making against Nike who he once partnered with to sell his Air Yeezy sneakers.
"I really appreciate everything they did for me. And I'm not knocking them on the way out or burning no bridges," West recently said in an interview with Tall Boy featured on YouTube. "I apologize for my frustration earlier and I just think it's time. It's go time. It's turn up time."
The comments come after West spoke out against Nike CEO Parker in the Madison Square Garden stop of his "Yeezus" tour.
"Mark Parker tried to son me. Yes. Son me because I am the sun and I will shine bright," West said during his tour rant. "And when I don't have as much money as a billionaire and when I don't have the factories that, that dude has over there, what I do have is my voice. Ain't no corporation that can take me away from my voice and I'm going to scream at the top of my (expletive) mountain as loud as I want."
The rap mogul spoke about how Nike's refusal to let him obtain royalties from his products because he is not an athlete caused him to sign with Adidas.
"The old me without a daughter may have taken the Nike deal because I just love Nike so much and blah, blah, blah," West explained to Hot 97's Angie Martinez recently. "But the new me takes the Adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family."
Adidas recently announced why they decided to partner with the rapper.
"For 2014, we welcome to the Adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West," Adidas representatives said in a statement. "Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in streetwear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow."