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Kanye West, now known as Ye, has had a hard time due to his antisemitic views in recent weeks.
As a result, many major brands have parted ways with the rapper.
Ye was reportedly fascinated by Adolf Hitler and allegedly wanted to name an album after the dictator.
A business executive who previously worked with Ye revealed the rapper created a hostile work environment due to 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 talk about what Hitler and the Nazi party achieved for the Germans.
The executive resigned and later struck a deal with the rapper and some of his companies over harassment and workplace complaints.
Due to a confidentiality agreement and fear of retaliation, the executive has chosen to remain anonymous.
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The executive revealed that Kanye West would discuss reading Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto.
The rapper also openly expressed his admiration for the use of propaganda by Hitler and the Nazis.
Kanye West’s entourage was “fully aware” of his obsession with Hitler.
Four sources claim that 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 Ye’s GOOD Music Label last year.
The company owns Def Jam, which used to distribute 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 antisemitic comments in an interview four years ago.
Lathan Jr. is a former TMZ employee who interviewed Ye after he said slavery felt like a choice.
According to him, TMZ did not publicize the antisemitic remarks at the time.
Based on their previous interview, the rapper’s recent endeavors came as 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 consequences that have seemingly ended his career.
Adidas ended its seven-year partnership with the rapper on Tuesday, calling his actions “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous”.
Balenciaga and the AAA talent agency also broke off relations with Ye.
Production company MRC has said 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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