Remember Kanye’s video for “Touch the Sky,” which featured him in a parody of Evil Knievel? It’s was a pretty funny video for a pretty banging song, however, Evil didn’t think it was so fly. And so Evil did like any man would do when he was feeling hurt. Instead of punching out Kanye on the playground, he did him in 2006 style and sued him for trademark image infringement.
Flashforward to the end of 2007.
West’s attorneys argued the video amounted to satire, covered under the First Amendment.
“We settled the lawsuit amicably,” Knievel said Tuesday. “I was very satisfied and so was he.”
They agreed not to publicly discuss the terms of the settlement, he said. The two had agreed to mediation in July.
In the lawsuit, Knievel claimed the “vulgar and offensive” images depicted in the video damaged his reputation. And he accused the 29-year-old rapper of using the Knievel image to “promote his filth to the world.”
Meeting West changed his mind, Knievel said.
“I thought he was a wonderful guy and quite a gentleman,” he said.
Knievel also expressed concern for West, who is grieving the sudden death of his mother earlier this month.
“I know he’s had some tough times the past few weeks, and I hope things work out,” Knievel said.
But the best part of the entire article is the photo of the two dudes chillaxing together.
Anyway, you know what’s a really good song? The original version by Curtis Mayfield, “Move on Up.”