By Sandra Rose  | 

Kanye West

Not only is Kanye West "woke," but he's also a no-nonsense businessman. Kanye responded to allegations that he stole Nike sketches by firing a newly-hired member of his Yeezy design team.

A former Nike designer claims the embattled music producer stole a series of detailed body sketches and passed them off as his own.

Like most fashion designers, Kanye has a stable of artists and designers who present him with drawings for his approval.

When a newly-hired designer presented Kanye with sketches of the human anatomy, he liked what he saw. Kanye immediately took to and shared a pencil sketch of the human leg muscles.

"this is where a YEEZY study for base layer starts," he tweeted, explaining the research that goes into his company's designs. "I'm so excited about our new design team."

However, Tony Spackman, an ex-Nike employee who now works at top fashion label Givenchy, claims Kanye stole the sketch, which he drew a decade ago, from his website.

Comparing the two virtually identical illustrations online, Spackman tweeted, "When Kanye rips your 10 year old Nike sketch and claims it".

He also alleges the hip-hop star edited the post by deleting the date and title of the sketch.

Kanye, who moved his Yeezy brand from Nike to Adidas in 2013, responded to the allegations by promptly firing the designer responsible for the sketch.

"Today I learned that a newly hired designer on the Yeezy team presented work that was not of their own. This person has immediately been let go from the Yeezy brand," Kanye tweeted on May 4.

Kanye declined to name the designer.


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  • Marlika

    Welp since he’s “woke” and cleaning house. He needs to start in his own house. He needs to divorce his toxic wife and her family. ????? But make sure he stays in his children’s life!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    "Not only is Kanye West “woke,” but he’s also a no-nonsense businessman."

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  • xenaD

    Somebody needs to Fire Kanye...
    Tweet reads “ Kanye has been let go, due to controversial comments made about slavery, and publically admitting to not taking all his medicine.” Furthermore “he’s a loose cannon and we don’t want to be affiliated with his Kardashian like publicity stunts” thanks, Management!


    He calls himself Yeezus and the unwoke meltdown having peoples biggest problem with this dude is the MAGA hat and that he took a picture with the current POTUS. lol ?

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  • Kanyade

    "Like most fashion designers, Kanye has a stable of artists and designers who present him with drawings for his approval."


    the artist in me just hates this practice.

  • SpiceGirl

    yup...last years dirty drawls

  • Dr. P

    He's sleep, like a bear in hibernation...woke my azz..comatose in his sunken place

  • SpiceGirl

    you know what.....He makes me feel like...heck, if he can, so can I.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Did anybody read that his Australia show was a bust:

    "Sources on Saturday said West's recent social media exploits, where he has publicly supported US President Donald Trump, negatively impacted the release of the highly anticipated Yeezy x 2XU Season 6 collection. Staff were on hand early to prep the Oxford Street store with the $550 neoprene leggings, being sold as "Scuba tights", and the $500 bike shorts. The only thing missing was the customers..."

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  • KJBibleOnSlaveShips

    Sandra if you think Kanye is woke then, you DO NOT know what a woke rapper is .THIS GUY IS WOKE--KHEMETIC ONE.

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    Nah, He's always been this way, deep down. He's doing the opposite of everything J and Bey did.. He wants to get close to a President. I would go on, but.. I'm at work and it's not worth it.. You get the gist.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Some "genius" he can't even come up with his own designs. He's feeding off people with real vision and adding his name to their work. Lazy, no free though having aas.

  • Jethro
  • Roderick2011

    I told people that Kanye lost fans when he embraced Trump.
    People outside the U.S. loathe Trump like they hated W.
    Enjoy the end of your career Kanye. Maybe Trump will give you a job as the Oval Office janitor.

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  • Roxie Moxie

    Welp! There goes the word "woke". *sighs*

  • Trace da Ace

    ok well for one...Kanye is crazy....always has been, always will be...the level of crazy has just increased since Kardashian Kurse claimed him.....and I understand why Jay and Bey have distance themselves from him...also...never thought ANY of Kanye "fashions" are cute...they look so drab and opinion.

  • Scromes1212

    Good. Get rid of them and give someone else a opportunity to create. I'm sure it's a lot of hungry up and coming shoe designers that would kill for a chance to work with Ye.

  • hi-liter

    He may be woke but the negga sleep walking.

  • Fire & Ice


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  • Fire & Ice

    Childddddddd "the only thing missing were the customers" ???

  • Applebootay

    Where's Childish Gambino's This is America write up? We done with this fool, he need to take note from Bino if he wanna be "woke".

  • Kay Gee

    I thought Kanye was "winning" with all his new team after he fired his old team...

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  • Applebootay

    RIGHT> why would you run and post something on social media w/o asking the proper questions and research.....this nig

  • BadAss Will

    I tell this site steady put out good stories about Kanye and Trump despite the make shit up and really believe. What have both of them did for the black community?? oh yea CRITICIZED US ??If Kanye woke in going back to sleep..

  • BadAss Will

    ohh well ???This site make Kanye seems like a savior, Trump tooo

  • BadAss Will

    ???u caught that too..

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    The fashion genius has a design team? Pfft! I thought he did it ALL himself; from the designs to the actual making of the material and the stitching of the apparel.

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    This happens to celebs everyday b. It's impossible for them to be hands on with all of the projects they have going on. Somthings bound to slip.

  • mzwhang90210
  • mzwhang90210

    and the $500 bike shorts. The only thing missing was the customers..."

  • DeJeri

    LOL. Just like his idol. He only hires the best people.

  • Kayke

    He just gets to approve other people's creations under his name. That's why he said 'no one should own their idea'. #Fraud.

  • DeJeri

    He wishes he was like J and Bey. He's mad that Obama called him a jacka$$.

  • Jethro

    When ypipo and they're supporters get ahold of urban slang terms... I'll never forget what they did to "bling."

  • Jethro

    "Like most fashion designers, Kanye has a stable of artists and designers who present him with drawings for his approval."

    And they all live under interstate overpasses.

  • Trace da Ace


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