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Kanye West, now known as Ye, has had a hard time career-wise in recent weeks due to his antisemitic views.
As a result, many major brands have been parting ways with the rapper.
Ye was reportedly fascinated by Adolf Hitler and wanted to name an album after the dictator.
A business executive who previously worked with Ye revealed that the rapper created a work environment hostile with his obsession with Hitler.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to accumulate so much power,” said the executive.
He added that Kanye West would openly discuss what Hitler and the Nazi party had achieved for the Germans.
The executive resigned and later reached a settlement with the rapper and some of his companies over workplace harassment and complaints.
Due to a confidentiality agreement and fear of retaliation, the business executive has chosen to remain anonymous.
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The 2018 album
The executive shared that Kanye West would talk about reading Hitler’s 1925 autobiographical manifesto.
The rapper has also openly expressed his admiration for Hitler’s and the Nazis’ use of propaganda.
Meanwhile, Kanye West’s entourage was “fully aware” of his Hitler obsession.
Additionally, four sources say West originally wanted the title “Hitler” for his 2018 album.
Instead, the album was called “Ye.”
Universal Music Group released a statement on Tuesday confirming that the company ended its relationship with GOOD Music Label last year.
Ye is the owner of GOOD Music Label.
The company owns Def Jam, which distributed Kanye West’s music.
“There is no place for antisemitism in our society,” Universal Group said.
“We are deeply committed to combating antisemitism and every other form of prejudice.”
Van Lathan Jr. recently claimed that Kanye West made anti-Semitic remarks in an interview four years ago.
Lathan Jr. is a former TMZ employee who spoke with Ye after he said slavery sounded like a choice.
According to him, TMZ did not publish the antisemitic statements at the time.
Based on his previous interview, the rapper’s recent endeavors were no surprise to Lathan.
“I already heard him say that stuff before at TMZ,” said Lathan in his podcast earlier this month.
“I mean, I was taken aback because that type of antisemitic talk is disgusting. It’s like, I’m taken aback any time anyone does that, right?”
“But as far as [West]. I knew that that was in him because when he came to TMZ, he said that stuff and they took it out of the interview.”
“He said something like, ‘I love Hitler, I love Nazis,'” Lathan added. “Something to that effect when he was there.”
“And they took it out of the interview for whatever reason. It wasn’t my decision.”
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Several brands cut ties with Kanye West
Kanye West’s offensive comments led to professional fallout that seems to have ended his career.
Adidas ended their seven-year association with the rapper on Tuesday, calling his actions “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous.”
Balenciaga and the AAA talent agency also ended relations with Ye.
Production company MRC says it is canceling a documentary about the rapper.
Meanwhile, GAP has announced the removal of Yeezy Gap merchandise from stores.
Additionally, the apparel company is shutting down the YeezyGap website.
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