ALL 666 pairs of Lil Nas X’s special edition Nike “Satan Shoes” containing human blood sold out in under a minute.
This followed a conservative backlash against the rapper for releasing the sneakers and a scandalous Satanic-themed music video in the run-up to Easter.
On Monday, the 21-year-old rapper retweeted a post from XXL Magazine revealing that all 666 pairs of his modified Nike’s ‘sold out in under a minute’ – and at $1,018 a pop, the star raked in nearly $700K in 60 seconds.
Meanwhile, Nike filed a federal lawsuit alleging trademark infringement against a company making a version of a line of Nike sneakers with customized “satanic-themed detailing”.
South Dakota Governor Noem led the conservative voices condemning the rapper for releasing the sneakers and a scandalous Satanic-themed music video in the run-up to Easter.
The black and red sneakers are part of a collaboration between Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF.
They come complete with a bronze pentagram and an inverted cross — plus a drop of real human blood.
As part of the limited-edition “drop” of 666 pairs, each sneaker’s air bubble sole contains red ink and “one drop” of human blood, according to MSCHF.
They are priced at $1,018 a pair. The price tag is a reference to the Bible passage Luke 10:18 that reads: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
But the rapper’s shoes have sparked outrage over the weekend from a number of high-profile political and religious figures.
Governor Noem tweeted: “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive.’
“But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul.
“We are in a fight for the soul of our nation.
We are in a fight for the soul of our nation
South Dakota Governor Noem
“We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.”
Lil Nas appears to be enjoying his infamy, replying directly to Noem.
He tweeted: “Ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job!”
Later Nas also hit back at the conservative backlash.
He said: “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s*** y’all preached would happen to me because i was gay.
“So i hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”
The political commentator shared her candid opinion on black representation in the media, writing: “We are promoting Satan shoes to wear on our feet. We’ve got Cardi B named as woman of the year.
“But we’re convinced it’s white supremacy that’s keeping black America behind. How stupid can we be?”
Nas responded to her over several tweets.
He wrote, “you know you did something right when she talks about it”.
Meanwhile, Greg Locke, the conservative pastor of Global Vision Bible Church, lashed out at Lil Nas X in his sermon on Sunday calling him “a thug”.
He told the congregation: “I didn’t even know who Lil Nas X was,’ ‘Little thug, whoever he is. I had no idea who he was.”
Evangelical pastor Mark Burns described the sneakers in a tweet as “evil” and “heresy”.
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But Lil Nas X hit back, trolling his critics with a video to his official YouTube account titled “Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe”.
This has been viewed over 1.8million times.
But after a few seconds, the apparent apology cuts to a scene from his new music video, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.
He can be seen dancing provocatively with a devil character.
But although they were made using Nike Air Max 97s the sportswear brand has distanced itself from the design.
Nike told CNN: “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF.
“Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”