People previously close to the artist named Kanye West have told CNN that he has long been fascinated by Adolf Hitler – and wants to name an album after the Nazi leader.
An executive who worked for West, who goes by Ye, told CNN that the artist had acted in a violent manner, in part through his “memories” with Hitler.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how amazing it was that he was able to amass so much power and talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party had accomplished for the German people, ” the man told CNN.
The manager resigned from his position pending a settlement with West and some of his colleagues over workplace allegations, including harassment, which CNN reviewed. The former director asked not to be named because of a confidentiality agreement and fear of retaliation by West. According to the agreement, West rejected the executive’s claims.
The executive told CNN that West has spoken openly about reading “Mein Kampf,” Hitler’s 1925 autobiographical manifesto and expressed his “respect” for the Nazis and Hitler for their use of the propaganda.
The man said that people in the West were “fully aware” of his fascination with Hitler. Four sources told CNN that West originally considered the name “Hitler” for his 2018 album release, “Ye.” They did not want to be registered, fearing professional punishment.
CNN has reached out to West for comment.
Universal Music Group, which owns Def Jam, which distributes West’s music, said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday that the company ended its relationship with his GOOD Music label last year. gone
“There is no place for antisemitism in our society. We are very committed to the fight against antisemitism and other forms of belief,” added the Universal Music group.
CNN sources did not have information on why the album was called “Ye.”
Van Lathan Jr., a former TMZ employee, who confronted West during a 2018 interview at their offices where West referred to slavery “as a choice,” said in a statement podcast that West also made antisemitic comments during their conversation produced by the outlet. does not allow the public. That’s why Lathan said his recent comments didn’t surprise him.
“I’ve heard him say that before on TMZ,” Lathan said during the “Higher Learning” podcast earlier this month. “I mean, I’m surprised because that kind of antisemitic talk is disgusting. I’m like, I’m surprised every time someone does it, right? But as far as [West], I know that’s in him because when he got to TMZ, he said that and they took him out of the interview. … He said something like, ‘I love Hitler, I love the Nazis.’ Something to that effect while he was there. And they take it out of the interview for various reasons. It was not my decision.
One of the sources who spoke to CNN and was in an interview with TMZ said that West pointed Hitler well.
CNN has reached out to TMZ for comment.
The revelation of West’s alleged history of tributes to Hitler comes amid a wave of anti-Semitism that West began earlier this month. He wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt to his Yeezy show in Paris on October 3 and wore several black models in clothes with the word, considered a hate slogan by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He posted a private conversation on Instagram between himself and Sean “Diddy” Combs in which he said Combs was “controlled by Jews.” He followed it up with a tweet in which he said he was going to “make con 3 on the Jews,” which resulted in Twitter locking his account.
West’s verbal abuse in recent weeks has resulted in a career slump for the rapper and designer. On Tuesday, Adidas ended its seven-year partnership with West, calling his new actions “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous.”
In a statement, the sportswear maker said it “does not tolerate antisemitism and other forms of hate speech” and said West’s comments insulted “the value of diversity and inclusion respect and fairness.”
Balenciaga also cut ties with West, according to talent agency CAA. MRC said they would file a lawsuit against West, and GAP announced that the company would remove Yeezy Gap merchandise from its stores and shut down the YeezyGap.com website.
In an Instagram post on Thursday titled “LOVE SPEECH,” West appeared to refer to the estranged business relationship, writing, in part, “I LOST 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN ONE DAY AND I AM ALIVE.”
West was targeted by banners held up by antisemitic demonstrators in Los Angeles last weekend. His comments were condemned by the American Jewish Committee and the ADL, as well as many political leaders and celebrities, including his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.