Kanye West has long admired Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, and once wanted to name an album after him, insiders claim.
Sources close to the now disgraced rapper told CNN how West was ‘obsessed’ with Hitler and even wanted to name his 2018 hit album after the fascist leader — before ultimately releasing it under the name ‘Ye.’ It is unclear why he changed his mind.
‘He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to accumulate so much power, and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party achieved for the German people,’ a former business executive said.
The unnamed source claimed that people in West’s inner circle were ‘fully aware’ of his interest in Hitler, as he would speak openly about reading Mein Kampf, Hitler’s 1925 manifesto, and expressed his ‘admiration’ for the Nazis for their propaganda.
The Nazis, under the direction of Hitler, killed six million Jews in the Holocaust.
As a result, the business executive said, West created a hostile work environment, leading him to ultimately quit.
He is said to have reached a settlement with Ye and some of his companies over workplace complaints, including harassment, and asked not to be named due to a confidentiality agreement and fear of retribution.
As part of the agreement, CNN reports, West denied the accusations against him.
The rapper is now seeing his billion dollar empire crumble around him after tweeting he would go ‘death con three on the Jewish people’ and claimed Jews in the media are conspiring against him.
Kanye West has long admired Nazi leader Adolph Hitler, and once wanted to name an album after him, CNN reports
Kanye ultimately named the album ‘Ye’ after himself. It is unclear why he changed his mind
Others have previously stepped forward to accuse the Gold Digger singer of being anti-Semitic, with a former TMZ employee claiming in a podcast earlier this month that West made similar comments that the outlet chose not to publish in 2018.
Speaking on his Higher Learning podcast, Van Lathan Jr said that he confronted West over his remarks that slavery ‘sounds like a choice,’ West spoke of his love of Nazis.
‘I already heard him say that stuff at TMZ,’ Lathan Jr said. ‘I mean, I was taken aback because that type of anti-Semitic talk is disgusting. It’s like, I’m taken a back any time anyone does that, right?
‘But as far as [West], I knew that that stuff was in him because when he came to TMZ, he said that stuff and they took it out of the interview,’ Lathan Jr revealed.
‘He said something like, “I love Hitler, I love Nazis,” something to that effect when he was there,’ the former TMZ employee said.
‘And they took it out of the interview for whatever reason,’ he claimed, adding: ‘It wasn’t my decision.’
He then went on to say that he actually brought up the Holocaust while rebutting Ye’s comments about slavery.
‘If you look at what I said at TMZ, it goes from me saying like, “Hey Kanye, there’s real-life, real-world implications to everything that you just said there.”
‘What I say after that — if I can remember, it’s been a long time — was “12 million people actually died because of Nazism and Hitler and all of that stuff,” and then I move on to talk about what he said about slavery.’
Earlier this month, Ye declared he was going ‘death con 3 on [the] Jewish people’
Van Lathan Jr., a former TMZ employee, revealed in a podcast earlier this month that West made similar comments that the outlet chose not to publish in 2018
In the video from his rant back then, West could be heard saying: ‘We are controlled by the media, and today it all changes.’
He then goes on to ask TMZ employees if they ‘felt something that I said today,’ at which point Van Lathan Jr replies: ‘I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything.
‘I think what you’re doing right now is the absence of thought, and the reason why I feel like that, because Kanye — you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want — but there is fact and real-life, real-world consequences behind everything that you just said.
‘And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives.
‘We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.’
Van Lathan went on to say: ‘Frankly I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and frankly, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, that to me, is not real.’
Latham Jr said that when Kanye visited TMZ offices in 2018 and suggested slavery was a choice, ‘He said something like, “I love Hitler, I love Nazis”‘
The revelations come as Ye’s billion-dollar empire comes crashing around him in the aftermath of his tweet declaring war on the Jewish people.
On Thursday, TJ Maxx became the latest company to stop doing business with the rapper, after he was previously dropped by talent agency CAA and fashion label Balenciaga.
Adidas also announced earlier this week that they were terminating their partnership with the rapper after receiving much backlash online for its support.
Footwear retailer Foot Locker also announced yesterday they would ‘not be supporting any future Yeezy product drops, and we have instructed our retail operators to pull any existing product from our shelves and digital sites.’
Universal Music’s Def Jam label, which owns the copyright to West’s recordings from 2002 through 2016, and continued distributing his releases until last year, also issued a statement condemning Ye’s remarks.
‘There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society,’ the record label said. But it has not yet asked for the removal of Ye’s recordings, many of which are critically acclaimed works.
Meanwhile, production studio MRC announced on Monday that they are shelving a documentary they made about the 45-year-old rapper.
MRC studio executives Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu, and Scott Tenley announced in a memo Monday: ‘We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform.
And even auction house Christie’s which was handling the private sale of a rare Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype worn by West to the 2008 Grammy’s is no longer proceeding with the sale.
A host of high profile brands have dropped Ye in recent days and weeks amid ongoing controversy over his social media posts and rants
The termination of the Adidas deal has now knocked Ye out of the billionaire ranks, according to wealth tracker Forbes.
He is now worth just $400 million, which Forbes estimates comes from real estate, cash, his music catalog, and a 5 percent stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear firm, Skims.
But as corporations around the world break off deals with Ye, music streaming service Spotify said it would not remove the rapper’s music unless his label requested it.
Recent anti-Semitic remarks made by the rapper are ‘just awful comments,’ and would have warranted removal from Spotify for violating its policies if they had been on a podcast or recording, Spotify chief Daniel Ek said.
However, music from the artist now known as Ye does not violate anti-hate policies, and any anti-Semitic comments he has made cannot be found on the music streaming platform.
‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,’ said Ek, adding, ‘It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.’
Kanye West attends the Balenciaga Spring 2023 Fashion Show at the New York Stock Exchange on May 22, 2022 in New York City. Balenciaga and GAP are just two of the companies to have terminated lucrative deals with the rapper
A pair of Yeezy shoes are seen in a Foot Locker store on the day Adidas terminated its partnership with the American rapper and designer Kanye West, now known as Ye, in Garden City, New York, U.S., October 25, 2022
Questions over whether Spotify would pull Ye’s music come after Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel called for major streaming services to end their business relationships with West.
But Spotify has faced backlash in the past when it punished musicians for their personal misconduct.
The streaming service removed R Kelly’s music from its playlists and recommendations in 2018 following allegations of sexual misconduct only to later walk back the policy after other artists threatened boycotts.
Instead, the streaming platform now gives users a mute button to block particular artists with whom they may disagree.
If Ye’s label asks for the rapper’s catalog to be removed, Ek said, ‘Obviously we’ll respect their wishes.’