Kanye West (@KanyeWest) Signs Deal With Adidas Y-3


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Kanye West has reportedly signed to Adidas, leaving Nike to pursue a full line of clothing with Adidas’ Y-3 line called “YEEZI.”

“You see me in interviews how I want to do clothes… I want to let you know I signed my deal a week and a half ago,”

West stated during his performance. He continues on for four minutes speaking on being locked out of higher fashion outlets, and being exploited and limited during his time with Nike. West, who spent time at the 2014 Mercedes Benz NYNW show, spent time with Y-3 lead designer Yohji Yamamoto, with many speculating the relationship continued past the Spring show.

The partnership will be welcomed by adidas, who will undoubtedly enjoy a surge of popularity and sales from working with the rapper mogul.

T.I. (@TIP) & Grand Hustle Sign To Columbia Records

T.I. has finally found a new home. It was announced today that the ATL rapper has officially inked a deal with Columbia Records. T.I. will also be bringing along his Grand Hustle label, and currently working on his next album, which will be executive produced by Pharrell. He is also working with Timbaland and DJ Toomp. Here is what T.I. had to say about the new deal:

“I’m honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project.”


DC Now Owns A Stadium Strip Club

Troubles continue for former TruOrleans owner James “Tru” Redding. The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue announced today that it has seized Redding’s strip joint/steakhouse Stadium Clubin order to pay the more than $100,000 in sales and use taxes he owes for his now-closed H Street NE restaurant.

The tax office shut down TruOrleans in September, but the restaurant was plagued by a litany of other financial and legal troubles: The landlord was fighting for eviction, neighbors were protesting the liquor license renewal, and multiple vendors had filed lawsuits for unpaid bills.

Redding has had his own personal financial and legal woes, too. Redding’s company James T. Redding, Inc., for which he was the sole shareholder, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Maryland in July. The bankruptcy filings revealed his company owed more than 100 creditors between $1 million and $10 million. Redding also faces fraud charges in Nevada after allegedly writing bad checks at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Redding didn’t immediately return a call to his cell phone. Y&H wrote in depth about Redding and TruOrleans’ problems in September. Former Y&H columnist Tim Carman also wrote a fantastic review of Stadium Club in 2010. It’s well worth a read.

Stadium Club investor Keith Forney says the club was in the process of being sold to a group of out-of-town investors, although the deal hadn’t been finalized before the District seized the club.

“They weren’t a D.C. bunch,” Forney says of the new investors. “Maybe they didn’t understand the need for speed or whatever.”
Forney, last in the news giving thousands of dollars in gifts to Councilmember Marion Barry in the strip club’s parking lot, declined to name the new investor group or clarify whether he’s still involved in it.

Forney will say, though, that Redding would not have been a member of the new ownership group. “Hopefully it’ll be a more positive thing now that Mr. Redding has moved on to something else,” he says.

Landlord Darryl Pounds says TruOrleans’ eviction proceedings continue. At a hearing yesterday, Redding’s lawyer asked for a continuance, Pounds says, and a new hearing date is scheduled for Dec. 11. “They just keep kicking the ball down the street,” Pounds says.