- Kanye West reportedly wanted to name the album “Ye” after Hitler, sources told CNN.
- A business executive who worked for Ye told CNN that the rapper had an “obsession” with Hitler.
- Ye has courted controversy in recent weeks for making antisemitic remarks.
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, wanted to name his album “Ye” after Adolf Hitler and apparently has an “obsession” with the Nazi leader, sources once close to the rapper told CNN in a report which was released on Thursday.
The sources told CNN that Ye openly admired the Nazis for their use of propaganda and spoke of reading Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf”, apparently contradicting Ye’s claim. that he never read a book.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how amazing it was that he was able to amass so much power and talking about the great things he and the Nazi Party had done for the German people,” said a business executive who used to work for Ye. the revolution.
Several brands have cut ties with the rapper after he made antisemitic comments in recent weeks and wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt for his Yeezy fashion show in early October.
Ye shared antisemitic statements on Twitter on October 8, including one in which he said he would “death con 3” the Jews.
The tweet was removed for violating the platform’s rules, and a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News on October 9 that Ye’s account was locked “due to a violation of Twitter policies.” Also on October 8, Instagram told Insider that it had restricted Ye’s account after violating rules on the platform.
In addition to his social media posts, Ye said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, was on the Abraham Accords “to make money”. Uncensored clips from that interview, obtained by Motherboard, also showed Ye making additional antisemitic statements.
Ye’s antisemitic comments have prompted criticism from Jewish groups including the American Jewish Committee and StopAntsemitism.org, Insider previously reported. Brands including Vogue, Adidas, and Balenciaga’s parent company, Kering, have cut ties with the rapper, according to his former talent agency CAA, The Los Angeles Times reported.
On Monday, Ye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian said in a tweet that she stood with the Jewish community, calling for an end to the “horrendous violence and hateful rhetoric towards them”. She did not give her name specifically on Ye in her tweet.
Universal Music Group, the owner of Def Jam, which previously distributed Ye’s music, also said in a statement to CNN that the relationship between the company and Ye’s GOOD Music label had ended last year.
“There is no place for antisemitism in our society. We are committed to combating antisemitism and all other forms of progress,” the group said in the statement.