Pusha T says he is no longer working with Kanye West

Pusha T says he is no longer working with Kanye West
The rapper tells XXL he is “not tied with G.O.O.D. Music anymore in any way.”

By David Renshaw

December 20, 2022

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Pusha T has said in a new interview that he is no longer president of Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label nor is he on speaking terms with him.

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Pusha T, whose latest album, It’s Almost Dry dropped on the label earlier this year, was asked by XXL if he is still working with Ye following his recent string of antisemitic remarks. In response Pusha T said “No, I’m not,” Later adding that he is “not tied with G.O.O.D. Music anymore in any way.”

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Ye and Pusha T have worked together as president and owner of G.O.O.D. Music since 2015. Elaborating on the breakdown in their relationship, Pusha T told XXL that “He’s not speaking to me now,”

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Referring to the hate speech Ye has repeated across various channels in recent months, he added:.“If you ain’t with it, you ain’t down. And I ain’t with it. I’m not budging on that. I’m not with it. I heard about this new stuff [on InfoWars]. I don’t know. It’s something that just sort of tells me he’s not well, at the same time. I will say that. It’s going to places where it’s no way to move around it.” 

The FADER has contacted reps for Ye and Pusha T for comment.

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Kanye West debuted a new song on Alex Jones’ InfoWars

Kanye West debuted a new song on Alex Jones’ InfoWars
“Someday We’ll All Be Free” was also shared on Instagram.

By David Renshaw

December 08, 2022

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Kanye West has shared his first new music since Donda 2 arrived in February, dropping “Someday We’ll All Be Free” on Instagram and Alex Jones’ InfoWars on Wednesday night. The song samples Donny Hathaway’s 1973 song of the same name and includes Ye rapping that he “Wasn’t given a fair hand” as well as claiming “everyone’s a Karen, When they claim they care.”

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Elsewhere on the track Ye references the antisemitic hate speech he has returned to repeatedly in the past few months. “Tweeted deathcon, now we past three,” he says towards the end of the song, referring to the tweet that got him banned from Twitter. Elon Musk reinstated him soon after, only to ban him again last week when he shared a swastika image from his account.

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During this period Ye has become a major figure in the world of Alex Jones and Infowars, with alt-right figures Nick Fuentes and Milo Yiannopoulos becoming part of his inner circle. The rapper and designer has also begun floating another run at the presidency in 2024.

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Amid all of this Ye appeared on Jones’ InfoWars last week and said “I see good things about Hitler,” among other pro-Nazi statements.

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Kanye West tells Jewish people to “forgive Hitler” during interview with Proud Boys founder

Kanye West tells Jewish people to “forgive Hitler” during interview with Proud Boys founder
West’s streak of antisemitic interviews continued on Monday with an appearance on a web show hosted by far-right activist and commentator Gavin McInnes.

By Jordan Darville

December 06, 2022

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On Monday, Kanye West appeared on a livestream titled “Saving Ye” hosted by Gavin McInnes, founder of the far-right extremist organization Proud Boys. During the 45-minute episode, in which West was backed by notorious white supremacist (and his presidential campaign advisor) Nick Fuentes, West demanded that Jewish people “forgive Hitler” for the Holocaust.

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The comment came after McInnes said he believes West loves “everyone equally, good guys and bad guys.” West responded “Jewish people can’t tell me who I can love and who I can’t love. You can’t force your pain on everyone else. Jewish people, forgive Hitler today. Let it go. Let it go, and stop trying to force your pain on other people.” Watch the exchange below.

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🧵/ FIN Kanye says "Jews should forgive Hitler today"
Full segment between Kanye & McInnis here: https://t.co/N39J35g3Kb pic.twitter.com/Mg3n7dVPc7

— ChudsOfTikTok (@ChudsOfTikTok) December 6, 2022

West’s antisemitic comments continued throughout the interview. He repeated the false conspiracy theory that “Jewish people control the majority of the media, along with banks, along with real estate, along with malls.” Elsewhere, he said there was “a collusion of Jewish managers, attorneys, and everything else you can think of” to push pornography on the United States, and referred to the porn industry as a “gas chamber.”

Soon after West’s appearance on Infowars last week, he was suspended from Twitter for tweeting an image of a swastika inside a Star of David. West told McInnes that his intention behind the image was to spread “love speech.”

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Kanye West suspended from Twitter after sharing swastika image

Kanye West suspended from Twitter after sharing swastika image
Hours after praising Hitler and the Nazis, Ye had his access to Twitter restricted by Elon Musk.

By David Renshaw

December 02, 2022

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Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West from Twitter after the rapper posted an image of a swastika crossed with a star of David from his account. The suspension came mere hours after West, now known as Ye, appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars show and praised Adolf Hitler the Nazis.

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Musk’s decision to suspend Ye comes soon after he was among a number of people allowed to return to the platform as the new Twitter owner attempted to usher in his version of free speech to the platform he purchased for $44 billion. Ye had previously been restricted for tweeting an antisemitic message.

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His return proved short-lived, however, when on Thursday night he shared the antisemitic image of the swastika and star of David blended together. The tweet was deleted soon after it was posted.

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In response, Musk tweeted: “I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.” Musk did not clarify whether or not the suspension would be permanent.

I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022

The Guardian reports that Ye then started posting on Truth Social, the right wing social media platform owned by Donald Trump. It is reported that Ye shared private text messages from Musk in which the Twitter owner was critical of his behavior on the platform. “Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love,” Musk wrote. “Who made you the judge,” Ye replied.

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The suspension followed news on Thursday that Ye will no longer be purchasing the “global free speech app” Parler. He had previously announced his intention to buy Parler in October after he was suspended from Instagram and Twitter.

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Kanye West will not be buying Parler

Kanye West will not be buying Parler
Parlement Technologies have announced the termination of their intent of sale of the conservative social media platform.

By Raphael Helfand

December 01, 2022

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Parlement Technologies have announced that they have terminated their agreement to sell their “global free speech app,” Parler, to Kanye West. “In response to numerous media inquiries, Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler,” a representative of the company tweeted Thursday evening (December 1). “This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.”

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In response to numerous media inquiries, Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler. This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.

— Parler (@parler_app) December 1, 2022

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The news comes as Kanye West continues to spout anti-semitic conspiracy theories, entering the eighth hour (at time of publication) of his interview on Alex Jones’ Infowars live stream alongside infamous 24-year-old white supremacist Nick Fuentes. Earlier in their conversation, he expressed positive feelings toward Hitler and the Nazi party. And on Tuesday (November 29), he stormed out of a live interview with reactionary YouTuber Tim Pool when Pool lightly pushed back on West’s theory that Jews were behind a plot to ruin his life.

West announced his intention to buy Parler in October after he was suspended from Instagram and Twitter for tweeting about his plan to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” (Elon Musk reinstated West’s Twitter privileges earlier this month.) Since then, he’s lost lucrative fashion deals with Adidas and Balenciaga (among others) and left his longtime label, Def Jam.

Early last month, NBC News reported that West had paid off a former Yeezy employee who claimed he’d spoken highly of Hitler and the Nazis on multiple occasions. Considering West’s statements today, the alleged settlement seems to have been for naught, but it would seem to indicate that his praise of the genocidal regime is not relegated to a single conversation.

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Kanye West tells Alex Jones “I see good things about Hitler” during interview

Kanye West tells Alex Jones “I see good things about Hitler” during interview
West appeared on the far-right conspiracy theorist’s web show on Thursday afternoon.

By Jordan Darville

December 01, 2022

Kanye West appeared on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars livestream on Thursday and praised Adolf Hitler during the course of his interview. His comments come in the wake of more anti-Semitic remarks that led to the loss of lucrative business deals with Balenciaga and Adidas. The fallout has also led to CAA dropping West as a client as well as the cancellation of a planned documentary.

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At one point in the interview, Jones asserts that West is being “demonized” and unfairly compared to Adolf Hitler. In response, West pushes numerous antisemitic conspiracy theories and casts Hitler as an innovator.

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“Well, I see good things about Hitler, also,” West says. “I love everyone, and Jewish people are not going to tell me ‘You can love us, and you can love what we’re doing to you with the contracts, and you can love what we’re pushing with the pornography,’ but this guy that invented highways, invented the very microphone that I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good, and I’m done with that… every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”

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Warning: the clip below contains a scene of graphic violence from the film American History X.

Kanye on Alex Jones:
I see good things about Hitler.
Every human being has something of value they brought to the table, especially Hitler. pic.twitter.com/Vs473iREDI

— Charles Weber – AKA "THE Jew from Boca" (@CWBOCA) December 1, 2022

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Another clip captured from the program has Kanye West saying “I like Hitler” in response to Jones claiming that he “doesn’t like Nazis.” Last month, NBC News reported that Kanye West paid a settlement to a former Yeezy employee who claimed that West praised Hitler and the Nazis on multiple occasions.

Kanye West on Alex Jones’s Info Wars: “I like Hitler” pic.twitter.com/Mf9HOhUILo

— Zabriskie (@leGrandMagnifiq) December 1, 2022

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West’s tirade included mocking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “funny name” and claiming that Dave Chappelle, who referenced West’s controversy in his recent Saturday Night Live monologue, is “one of the black leaders that the Zionists put in front of us.”

Kanye West on Alex Jones’s InfoWars working on his high fashion impression of Carrot Top. Says he heard of Israeli PM Netanyahu for the first time last week. This next election cycle is about to be bonkers pic.twitter.com/rCsZVKbekK

— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) December 1, 2022

In his most off-the-rails interview to date, Kanye now takes aim at Dave Chappelle, noting that he is “one of the black leaders that the Zionists put in front of us.” He then went on to support Herschel Walker. #kanyewest #alexjones pic.twitter.com/HmWQ5oJuqt

— Bryce Jacquot (@bryce_arjay3) December 1, 2022

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Kanye West claims “unknown powers” are trying to destroy him as he returns to Instagram

Kanye West claims “unknown powers” are trying to destroy him as he returns to Instagram
Condemned for antisemitic remarks, Ye apologized to Black people while comparing himself to George Floyd.

By David Renshaw

October 31, 2022

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Kanye West spent the weekend doubling down on his recent antisemitic remarks, while also comparing himself to George Floyd in a self-serving apology to Black people. The rapper and business mogul, now known as Ye, compared himself to George Floyd while saying he is sorry for questioning the nature of his death at the hands of a Minnesota police officer. Those comments have led to a $250 million lawsuit from Floyd’s family.

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In a video shot in Los Angeles over the weekend, Ye was asked by paparazzi about his recent comments and the subsequent collapse of his empire. “I feel like this is God humbling me right now,” West said. “When the idea of Black Lives Matter came out, it made us come together as a people. So when said that and I questioned the death of George Floyd, it hurt my people. It hurt the Black people. So, I want to apologize… because God has shown me by what Adidas is doing and by what the media is doing, I know how it feels to have a knee on my neck now.”

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“So thank you God for humbling me and letting me know how it really felt. Because how could the richest Black man ever be humbled other than to be made to not be a billionaire in front of everyone off one comment.”

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Kanye West apologizes to the black community for his comments about the passing of George Floyd. Roomies thoughts 👀? (🎥: backgrid) pic.twitter.com/uaMEx9SL6q

— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) October 30, 2022

Elsewhere in the interview, Ye was asked about his recent antisemitic comments and whether he would apologize for those, too. Ye responded by showing a spreadsheet of the “red media” — a list of Jewish media executives.

“I’m being humbled… by me being burned to the flesh every single day, it’s actually proving what I have to say,” he added. Additionally, he claimed he was “misdiagnosed” with exhaustion by a Jewish doctor that “would have had me on medication right now… But because I didn’t take the medication, I am able to speak to you guys clear of thought and transparently.”

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In addition to that impromptu conversation, Ye also returned to Instagram on Saturday, October 29, to claim that “unknown powers” are driving his downfall. “The “unknown powers” are trying to destroy my life off of a tweet. So does this prove that my so called suspicion was true?” he wrote in one of a series of posts sent across Saturday and Sunday.

He also shared an image of Lauryn Hill alongside a caption questioning the nature of record contracts, Last week it was reported that Ye is no longer signed to longterm label Def Jam after his deal expired in 2021. “Does anyone wonder what Ms Hill’s recording contract looked like and why she stopped recording professionally,” Ye wrote on Instagram. “We no longer will be used to oppression. Let’s free ourselves and bring back this frequency.”

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The most graphic post came with an image of Emmett Till’s disfigured face following his lynching in 1955. Ye used this image to write a caption aimed at Endeavor CEO Ari Emmanuel, who has become a focus of his attention after Emmanuel wrote a Financial Times op-ed in which he called on all companies that work with West to cut ties with him.

Emmanuel, who is Jewish, acknowledged in his op-ed that Ye has Bipolar disorder but refused to let it be a reason to downplay the serious nature of his comments. “Millions of people affected by mental illness do not perpetuate hateful ideologies,” he wrote. “Others brush his comments off as just words, but hateful words far too easily become hateful actions.”

On Instagram Ye responded with more thinly-veiled antisemitic words. “At least as I burn to the stake in front of the whole world… // everyone now knows who they need to really be afraid of,” he wrote. “And now eeeeveryone knows how much power you “Business” people actually have.”

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All of this plays out amid a number of high profile antisemitic incidents across America. On October 22 a hate group hung a banner over a busy Los Angeles freeway saying “Kanye is right about the Jews.” A week later, October 29, the same phrase was projected on the outside of one of the end zones during a college football game between Florida and Georgia. The NBA and Brooklyn Nets have both also condemned Kyrie Irving’s apparent support for an antisemitic film.

Last week Adidas confirmed they had terminated their partnership with Ye and his Yeezy brand, a deal that earned them an estimated $2bn annually. In a statement the German sports retailer said it “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech.”

Ye was also dropped by Balenciaga, talent agency CAA, his lawyer, and a film studio with a completed documentary on the artist. Athletes Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown ended their partnerships with West’s brand management agency, Donda Sports while the Donda Academy shut for the school year.

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Quentin Tarantino responds to Kanye West’s claim he stole Django Unchained idea from him

Quentin Tarantino responds to Kanye West’s claim he stole Django Unchained idea from him
“That didn’t happen,” the director told Jimmy Kimmel in a new interview.

By David Renshaw

October 28, 2022

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Quentin Tarantino has laughed off Kanye West‘s suggestion that the Hollywood director stole the idea for Django Unchained from him. West, now known as Ye, claimed in a recent interview with Piers Morgan that he had pitched him a similar plot to the 2012 movie, in which a slave rescues his wife from a plantation owner, after meeting with him about potentially directing the “Gold Digger” video back in 2005.

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Tarantino was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night and the host asked him whether there was any truth in Ye’s claim. Tarantino replied: “There’s not truth to the idea that Kanye West came up with the idea of Django and then he told that to me, and I go, ‘Hey, wow, that’s a really great idea. Let me take Kanye’s idea and make Django Unchained out of it.’ That didn’t happen.”

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“I’d had the idea for Django for a while before I ever met Kanye. He wanted to do a giant movie version of The College Dropout the way he did the album – so he wanted to get big directors to do different tracks from the album and then release it as this giant movie – not video, nothing as crass as videos, it was movies, movies based on each of the different tracks,” Tarantino added.

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“We used it as an excuse to meet each other and and so we met each other we had a really good time. And he did have an idea for a video. I do think it was for the ‘Gold Digger’ video, that he would be a slave. And the whole thing was the slave narrative where he’s a slave and he’s singing ‘Gold Digger.’ And it was very funny. It was a really, really funny idea,” Tarantino continued. “It was meant to be ironic. And it’s like a huge musical. I mean, like no expenses spared with him in this slave rag outfit, doing everything. And then that was also part of the part of the pushback on it. But I wish he had done it. It sounded really cool. Anyway, that’s what he’s referring to.”

Ye’s claims about Tarantino came amid a series of interviews and other public appearances, in which he repeatedly made antisemitic remarks, that have caused huge damage to his finances and standing in both the music and fashion worlds.

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On Tuesday Adidas confirmed they had terminated their partnership with West and his Yeezy brand, a deal that earns them an estimated $2bn annually. In a statement the German sports retailer said it “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech.”

The past week has seen West dropped by Balenciaga, talent agency CAA, his lawyer, and a film studio with a completed documentary on the artist. Athletes Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown also ended their partnerships with West’s brand management agency, Donda Sports while the Donda Academy has shut for the school year. Additionally, it has emerged that the rapper is no longer signed to longterm label Def Jam, with his contract expiring in 2021.

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Kanye West escorted from Skechers’ LA office after turning up uninvited

Kanye West escorted from Skechers’ LA office after turning up uninvited
“Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West,” a spokesperson for the company said.

By David Renshaw

October 27, 2022

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Footwear company Skechers confirmed late on Wednesday that Kanye West was escorted from their Los Angeles offices after turning up “unannounced and uninvited,” the New York Times reports. In addition to turning up to the company’s corporate HQ of his own accord, a Skechers spokesperson said Ye was filming without permission.

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“Considering Ye was engaged in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his party from the building after a brief conversation,” the company said in a statement. “Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West. We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate antisemitism or any other form of hate speech.”

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This latest incident comes amid a wave of West’s business relationships collapsing as he feels the consequences from his recent behavior.

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On Tuesday Adidas confirmed they had terminated their partnership with West and his Yeezy brand, a deal that earns them an estimated $2bn annually. In a statement the German sports retailer said it “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech.”

The past week has seen West dropped by Balenciaga, talent agency CAA, his lawyer, and a film studio with a completed documentary on the artist. It has also emerged that the rapper is no longer signed to longterm label Def Jam, with his contract expiring in 2021.

The FADER has reached out to a representative for Ye for comment.

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Jaylen Brown and Aaron Donald have left Kanye West’s Donda Sports agency

Jaylen Brown and Aaron Donald have left Kanye West’s Donda Sports agency
Both athletes cited West’s recent antisemitic remarks as their reason for cutting ties with the rapper and business mogul.

By David Renshaw

October 26, 2022

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NBA player Jaylen Brown and NFL star Aaron Donald have both announced their decision to leave Kanye West’s athletic agency, Donda Sports. Both athletes confirmed they did so due to anti-semitic and other offensive remarks made by West.

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As recently as Monday, October 24, Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown had stated that he would continue to be represented by Donda Sports. He, alongside Donald, was the first athlete to join the agency when it launched in May.

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He told the Boston Globe that while he doesn’t “condone any hurt, harm, or danger toward any group of people or individuals whatsoever”, he believed Donda Sports still represented the same values as they did when he signed up. “The reason why I signed with Donda Sports,” he said, “it represented education, it represented activism, disruption, it represented single-parent households, and a lot more people are involved in something like that. I think it continues to represent that.”

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However, shortly after the interview was published he did a U-turn and announced his exit from the agency.

“In the past 24 hours, I’ve been able to reflect and better understand how my previous statements lack clarity in expressing my stance against recent insensitive public remarks and actions,” Brown wrote in a statement shared on social media. “For that, I apologize. And in this, I seek to be as clear as possible.

“I have always, and will always, continue to stand strongly against any antisemitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and oppressive rhetoric of any kind. In light of that, after sharing in conversations, I now recognize that there are times when my voice and my position can’t coexist in spaces that don’t correspond with my stance or my values. And, for that reason, I am terminating my association with Donda Sports.

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— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) October 25, 2022

Shortly after Brown released his statement, LA Rams player Donald followed suit. In a joint statement from him and his wife, the couple said that West’s “recent comments and displays of hate and antisemitism are the exact opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children”.

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— AD_99 (@AaronDonald97) October 25, 2022

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Brown and Donald’s departure from Donda Sports comes amid a wave of West’s business relationships collapsing as he feels the consequences from his recent behavior.

On Tuesday Adidas confirmed they had terminated their partnership with West and his Yeezy brand, a deal that earns them an estimated $2bn annually. In a statement the German sports retailer said it “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech.”

The past week has seen West dropped by Balenciaga, talent agency CAA, his lawyer, and a film studio with a completed documentary on the artist. It has also emerged that the rapper is no longer signed to longterm label Def Jam, with his contract expiring in 2021.

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Spotify won’t remove Kanye West’s music

Spotify won’t remove Kanye West’s music
The streaming giant’s CEO, Daniel Ek, condemned West’s anti-semitic comments in a statement to Reuters, but said his catalog would stay on the platform, barring a request from Def Jam to take it down.

By Raphael Helfand

October 26, 2022

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Brands, labels, agencies, and individuals have been cutting ties with Kanye West en masse due to his especially erratic behavior of late, which has culminated (thus far) in a spree of conspiracy theories including age-old antisemitic tropes and MAGA talking points. But West’s music remains on all of the major streaming platforms.

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In a statement to Reuters published earlier today, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek condemned West’s “just awful comments” but said his catalog would stay on the platform barring a takedown request from West’s former label, Def Jam. Ek clarified that if any of West’s content on Spotify violated the streaming giant’s hate speech policies, it would have been taking down immediately, but that this was not the case.

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“It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,” Ek said. “It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.”

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There’s a precedent for Spotify’s removal of music from its platform based on an artist’s extra-curricular actions, albeit one on which the company might hesitate to decide the current case. In May 2018, the company took down R. Kelly’s and XXXTentacion’s catalogs — the former due to his then-alleged, now-proven sex crimes and the latter due to his then-alleged, later-confessed domestic battery of a pregnant woman. They scaled back their “hateful conduct” policy just three weeks later, though, admitting that its language was “vague and left too many elements open to interpretation.”

Last month, the Anti-Defamation League published a study that found Spotify to be “not only allowing the racism and incitement of white supremacist music [but] actively promoting that content on its own playlists.”

The FADER has reached out to representatives of Spotify and Def Jam for further comment, and to a representative of Apple Music for clarification of that company’s stance on the issue.

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Adidas ends business relationship with Kanye West

Adidas ends business relationship with Kanye West
The company said it “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech” in a statement.

By David Renshaw

October 25, 2022

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Adidas has severed all ties with Kanye West over his repeated antisemitic remarks, the New York Times and Washington Post report. The sports retail giant released a statement on Tuesday having avoided comment on Ye’s recent run of offensive comments.

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The statement shared by Adidas confirmed that they will no longer work with Ye nor aid production of his Yeezy brand. “After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. adidas will stop the adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.”

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The statement added that Adidas “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”

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Ye has worked with Adidas since 2013 but relations between both sides have suffered in recent months with the musician accusing the company of stealing his designs. It is estimated that Yeezy brings in $2 billion a year with Adidas’ statement confirming they expect a “short-term negative impact of up to €250 million on the company’s net income in 2022” by no longer working with Ye or Yeezy.

Adidas is the latest company to distance themselves from professional relationships with Ye following Balenciaga and JP Morgan Chase. On Monday talent agency CAA dropped him as a client while the financers of an upcoming documentary pulled all funding on a completed feature-length project. Ye’s lawyer Camille Vasquez, who represented Johnny Depp in his trial with Amber Heard, has also dropped him as a client.

The rapper, producer, designer, and mogul’s downfall began at Paris Fashion Week last month when he dressed models in T-Shirts featuring the phrase “White Lives Matter.” He subsequently accused Puff Daddy of being controlled by Jewish people and promised to go “death con 3” on Jews in response, a move that led to his Twitter account being suspended. He was also suspended from Instagram around the same time.

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West has doubled down on his remarks in recent days. An episode of Revolt’s Drink Champs with West, recorded soon after the controversy broke, was pulled from the internet after West made more antisemitic remarks and questioned the official story of the death of George Floyd (his family is exploring a $250 million lawsuit against the rapper).

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CAA, documentary studio, and attorney drop Kanye West over antisemitic comments

CAA, documentary studio, and attorney drop Kanye West over antisemitic comments
West has refused to walk back his hateful remarks since the controversy emerged.

By Jordan Darville

October 24, 2022

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The talent agency CAA has dropped Kanye West as a client, a completed documentary about the artist will no longer be released, and his lawyer Camille Vasquez has ended their working relationship, Variety and TMZ report. The scandal began in early October, when West insinuated that Sean Combs was being controlled by Jewish people and announced that he was going “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”

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A joint statement on the documentary’s shelving was released by Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu, and Scott Tenley, three studio executives at MRC: “This morning, after discussion with our filmmakers and distribution partners, we made the decision not to proceed with any distribution for our recently completed documentary about Kanye West. We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform.”

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They continued: “Kanye is a producer and sampler of music. Last week he sampled and remixed a classic tune that has charted for over 3,000 years — the lie that Jews are evil and conspire to control the world for their own gain.”

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West has doubled down on his remarks in recent days. An episode of Revolt’s Drink Champs with West, recorded soon after the controversy broke, was pulled from the internet after West made more antisemitic remarks and questioned the official story of the death of George Floyd (his family is exploring a $250 million lawsuit against the rapper). Balenciaga announced on Friday that the clothing line would not pursue any more collaborations with West.

Over the weekend, West told TMZ that the backlash he is facing is proof that his falsehoods about Jewish people controlling media and entertainment are accurate. Sources told TMZ that West’s attorney Camille Vasquez dropped him as a client after he refused to retract his comments.

The FADER has reached out to CAA and Kanye West’s representative for more information.

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Balenciaga cuts ties with Kanye West

Balenciaga cuts ties with Kanye West
The fashion house’s parent company, Kering, told Women’s Wear Daily the brand will have no “relationship nor any plans for future projects” with West moving forward.

By Raphael Helfand

October 21, 2022

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Balenciaga has cut ties with Kanye West following his recent spree of controversial comments and anti-semitic social media posts, as well as contentious breakups with Adidas and Gap. West collaborated with the luxury fashion house via his Gap partnership earlier this year, releasing the hugely successful “Yeezy Gap (GPS) Engineered By Balenciaga” line.

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“Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,” said a representative of Balenciaga’s parent company, Kering, in an exclusive statement to Women’s Wear Daily.

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In September, West announced that he would not be extending his Yeezy partnerships with either Adidas or Gap. Shortly thereafter, his attorney sent a letter to Gap terminating their contract before it was due to expire. Just a few days later, he took to Instagram to post a list of far-ranging restrictions Adidas and Gap had allegedly placed on his “Yeezy standalone activities” following his recent actions, writing in his caption that his “war” with the companies was “not over.” Earlier this month, Adidas placed their contract with West under review after “repeated efforts to privately resolve the solution.”

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The past few weeks have been especially turbulent ones for West. He’s feuded with multiple designers, brands, and fashion personalities over the White Lives Matter shirt he wore and promoted at a Yeezy Season 9 show in Paris. Earlier this week, Rolling Stone reported that the shirts were being distributed to unhoused people in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood, with help from stylist and accused serial rapist Ian Connor. (Connor tweeted a video of the shirts being handed out from boxes in the back of a sprinter van Sunday night.)

West was suspended from Twitter and Instagram on October 9 following a tweet in which he announced plans to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” A day later, he sat for an interview with Tucker Carlson, during which he aired several other conspiracy theories, and several more were revealed in unaired footage brought to light by Motherboard.

On Monday (October 17), the owners of the right-wing social media platform Parler announced their plans to sell the company to West. That announcement came the same day news broke of a potential $250 million lawsuit against West from the family of George Floyd. Over the weekend, he had spread misinformation about the circumstances of Floyd’s death on a since-deleted episode of Drink Champs.

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George Floyd’s family plan to sue Kanye West for $250 million

George Floyd’s family plan to sue Kanye West for $250 million
They annnounced their intentions in response to Ye’s comments on Floyd’s death over the weekend.

By Raphael Helfand

October 18, 2022

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The family of George Floyd has announced plans to file a $250 million lawsuit against Kanye West following his comments on Floyd’s death over the weekend on Drink Champs. A Houston NBC affiliate reports that the lawsuit has already been filed. The FADER has reached out to representatives of Ye, and to the office of The Witherspoon Law Group — one of the firms that Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s daughter Gianna, has reportedly retained for the suit — for independent confirmation.

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On Saturday, Ye espoused the conspiracy theory that George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose on Drink Champs, a show hosted by New York rapper N.O.R.E. on Revolt TV. (The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office ruled Floyd’s death a homicide caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest” complicated by “restraint, and neck compression.”) In the same interview, he blamed “Jewish Zionists” for spreading salacious gossip about his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her former boyfriend Pete Davidson, and referred to Drake as the “greatest rapper ever.” Revolt TV has removed the interview from its site in response to backlash against Ye’s inflammatory statements.

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In recent weeks, Ye has feuded with Adidas and Gap over contract disputes, and with multiple designers, brands, and fashion personalities over the White Lives Matter shirt he wore and promoted at a Yeezy Season 9 show in Paris. Earlier today (October 18), Rolling Stone reported that Ye has been distributing more of these shirts to unhoused people in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood, with help from stylist and accused serial rapist Ian Connor. (Connor tweeted a video of the shirts being handed out from boxes in the back of a sprinter van Sunday night.)

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Ye was suspended from Twitter and Instagram on October 9 following a tweet in which he announced plans to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” A day later, he sat for an interview with Tucker Carlson, during which he aired several other conspiracy theories, and several more were revealed in unaired footage brought to light by Motherboard. On Monday (October 17), the owners of the right-wing social media platform Parler announced their plans to sell the company to Ye.

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Kanye West set to buy right-wing social media platform Parler

Kanye West set to buy right-wing social media platform Parler
The sale is expected to be finalized by the end of 2022.

By Jordan Darville

October 17, 2022

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Kanye West is set to acquire Parler, a conservative social media site notorious for misinformation and conspiracy theories, according to a statement released on Monday (October 17) by the company. Parler was launched in 2018 as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter with lax content moderation policies; as a result, it has become rife with antisemitism, racism, and misinformation, particularly regarding the 2020 election and vaccines.

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“Parlement Technologies is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement in principle for Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, to acquire the Parler platform,” the company said in its statement. “The acquisition ensures Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome.”

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Parlement Technologies is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement in principle for Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, to acquire the Parler platform. The acquisition ensures Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome. pic.twitter.com/KXdhV71prl

— Parler (@parler_app) October 17, 2022

In a statement obtained by CNBC, West said: “In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial, we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves.”

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The sale comes just over a week after West was banned from Instagram and Twitter for antisemitic remarks. He was locked out of his Instagram account for posting a text message accusing Sean “Diddy” Combs of being controlled by Jewish people; the following day, he tweeted that he was going “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” leading to his restriction from the platform.

West showed no contrition in the ensuing days. His appearance on LeBron James’ HBO program The Shop, filmed after West’s hateful remarks, was shelved after West continued to express “hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes,” according to the show’s producer and co-creator Maverick Carter. West appeared on Revolt’s series Drink Champs last night, doubling down on his antisemitic remarks and spreading falsehoods about the death of George Floyd, incorrectly claiming he was killed by a fentanyl overdose.

“This deal will change the world,” Parler CEO George Farmer said, “and change the way the world thinks about free speech. Ye is making a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again.” Farmer is married to Candace Owens, the far-right media personality who is an associate of West’s.

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Kanye West airs more conspiracy theories in deleted footage from Tucker Carlson interview

Kanye West airs more conspiracy theories in deleted footage from Tucker Carlson interview
Carlson excluded antisemitic comments and other bizarre rants from Ye in a segment he prefaced by saying Fox has “rarely heard a man speak so honestly and so movingly about what he believes.”

By Raphael Helfand, Jordan Darville

October 11, 2022

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Motherboard has published unaired footage from Kanye West‘s October 6 interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. The footage contains a number of unsettling and conspiratorial tangents. In several of the videos, Jewish people and their traditions are at the center of West’s statements. The interview aired last week in the wake of controversy over West’s Yeezy Season 9 fashion show in Paris, in which he wore a “White Lives Matter“ shirt. In the days after Fox aired the interview, West was suspended from Instagram and Twitter over antisemitic comments.

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In one clip, West takes exception to his children learning about Kwanzaa in school, saying “I prefer my kids knew Hanukkah than Kwanzaa. At least it will come with some financial engineering.” In another, he claims that Margaret Sanger created Planned Parenthood with the KKK “to control the Jew population.” He elaborated: “When I say Jew, I mean the 12 lost tribes of Judah, the blood of Christ, who the people known as the race Black really are.”

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A third segment depicts West attempting to make an analogy using Black people judging one another as an example. “Think about us judging each other on how white we could talk would be like, you know, a Jewish person judging another Jewish person on how good they danced or something.” Later, he asks Carlson to edit out the statement: “I mean, that’s probably like a bad example and people are going to get mad at that shit.”

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Among other seemingly unrelated threads on divine visions and devious plots against his family, Ye also shared the theory that the multinational luxury goods company Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) effectively murdered his long-time fashion muse, designer Virgil Abloh, who died of cancer late last year. “I’m beefing with them right now because they killed my best friend Virgil,” he told Carlson. “The level of racism, elitism and pressure that he was under, I’m sure, affected his health,” he added later.

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In another excerpt viewed by Motherboard but not published, West reportedly said he believed that actors had infiltrated his home to influence his children. “I mean, like actors, professional actors, placed into my house to sexualize my kids,” West said. He pointed to the “so-called son” of an associate as evidence. “We don’t, we didn’t even believe that this person was her son because he was way smarter than her, right?”

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The footage emerges as Ye continues to entrench himself in battles against those around him. TMZ reported today that his ex-wife Kim Kardashian has paid for extra private security at the school their children attend following his persistent and public airing of the couple’s parenting disagreements. Much of the fighting has been focused on the education of their oldest two kids, North and Saint, with Ye insisting they attend his recently opened school, Donda Academy — an unaccredited institution where parents reportedly must sign nondisclosure agreements in order for their children to attend.

Ye apologized to Kim on air in September during an interview with Good Morning America’s Linsey Davis. More recently, however, he responded to a tweet from Baton Rouge rapper Boosie Badazz criticizing his WLM apparel, comparing his quest for revenge on the “Black celebrity community” to that of a school shooter. “”DON’T SPEAK ON ME LIL BOOSIE SPEAK TO ME YEAH LITTLE NERD ASS ME COME SMACK ME OR COME SHOOT ME,” he wrote in a since-deleted reply. “IM THE ONE THAT GOT BULLIED BY THE ENTIRE BLACK CELEBRITY COMMUNITY NO IM BACK TO SHOOT THE SCHOOL UP.”

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All of this comes following a month that started off with a call for peace and ended in chaos. After announcing he was putting an end to all of his grudges in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II in early September, he quickly proceeded to announce that he would not be extending his Yeezy partnerships with either Adidas or Gap. Shortly thereafter, his attorney sent a letter to Gap terminating their contract before it was due to expire. (He explained the decision in an interview with CNBC, explaining that “a king can’t live in someone else’s castle.”) Just a few days later, Ye took to Instagram to post a list of far-ranging restrictions Adidas and Gap had allegedly placed on his “Yeezy standalone activities” following his recent actions, writing in his caption that his “war” with the companies was “not over.”

Last week, Adidas placed their Yeezy contract “under review” after the first round of White Lives Matter drama, which included vicious online attacks aimed at several other clothing brands and designers, Vogue fashion editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, and supermodel Gigi Hadid.

The FADER has reached out to a representative of Kanye West for further comment.

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Kanye West shares new documentary LAST WEEK

Kanye West shares new documentary LAST WEEK
The film depicts West listening to music and taking meetings, including one with Adidas executives where he shows a pornographic film.

By Jordan Darville

October 10, 2022

Kanye West has released a new 30-minute documentary titled LAST WEEK. The film, uploaded to YouTube on Monday (October 10), depicts West taking meetings and attending a children’s basketball game with his family and ex-wife Kim Kardashian. Watch above.

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LAST WEEK opens with the Grand Theft Auto-inspired skit shot in Tokyo featuring outfits from West’s YZY Gap line (the video was previewed in September on West’s Instagram Story). From there, the film depicts West in meetings discussing clothing designs, urban farming, and his school Yeezy Christian Academy — at one point, he appears to be at a summit with representatives from Adidas, which West accuses of plagiarizing his designs. At one point in this gathering, he plays an excerpt of a pornographic film. Between the meetings, there are shots of West being driven around listening to songs from his album Donda 2 as well as unreleased snippets.

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The film does not address the controversial and highly contentious statements West made in the past seven days. On October 3, West debuted a White Lives Matter shirt at his Yeezy Season 9 show in Paris; he later called the Black Lives Matter movement a “scam” and told Tucker Carlson that he made the shirt because the statement was the “obvious thing.

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In the same interview, West accused Jared Kushner, a Jewish man who served as President Donald Trump’s senior advisor, of seeking financial gain through making deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. Criticized for antisemitism, West on Saturday accused Diddy of being controlled by Jewish people in text messages he shared on Instagram. The post was removed by Instagram and West’s access to his account was restricted; soon after, West took to Twitter and declared that he was going “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.” Again, the post was removed and West was locked out of his account.

Kanye West locked out of Instagram and Twitter following antisemitic posts

Kanye West locked out of Instagram and Twitter following antisemitic posts
Both platforms removed the posts for policy violations.

By Jordan Darville

October 09, 2022

Kanye West. Photo by Brandon Magnus / Getty Images

 

Kanye West has been locked out of his accounts on Instagram and Twitter following a series of antisemitic posts. Representatives for both platforms have separately confirmed West’s suspension to Buzzfeed and NBC News. The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s representative for more information.

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In his first posting on Saturday, West shared text messages between Diddy and himself in which West suggested that the rap mogul was being controlled by Jewish people. “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me,” he wrote in the post captioned “Jesus is Jew.”

Instagram removed the post and restricted his account, which led West to return to Twitter for the first time since the 2020 election. He suggested that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Instagram’s parent company Meta, was directly responsible for his suspension, and shared a photo of himself with Zuckerberg.

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Look at this Mark

How you gone kick me off instagram

You used to be my nigga pic.twitter.com/YQzjw01jur

— ye (@kanyewest) October 8, 2022

On Saturday evening, West tweeted the following: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

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The tweet was removed by the platform and replaced with the message “This tweet violated the Twitter Rules,” with Twitter confirming in a statement to Buzzfeed that West’s account had been locked “due to a violation of Twitter’s policies.”

This week, Kanye West was criticized by advocacy groups for remarks made during an interview with Tucker Carlson. West suggested that Jared Kushner, a Jewish man who was an advisor to President Donald Trump, negotiated treaties between the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain for financial gain. The interview took place after West debuted a White Lives Matter shirt during his Yeezy Season 9 show in Paris to much criticism.

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Kanye West’s Adidas deal “under review”

Kanye West’s Adidas deal “under review”
The company is reexamining their long-running Yeezy partnership.

By Raphael Helfand

October 06, 2022

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Adidas’ partnership with Kanye West is “under review.” CNBC and Hypebeast first reported the news, and a representative of the company later confirmed it to The FADER, sharing the following statement:

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“adidas has always been about creativity, innovation and supporting athletes and artists to achieve their vision. The adidas Yeezy partnership is one of the most successful collaborations in our industry’s history. We are proud of our team that has worked tirelessly throughout our collaboration with Ye and the iconic products that were born from it. We also recognize that all successful partnerships are rooted in mutual respect and shared values. After repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have taken the decision to place the partnership under review. We will continue to co-manage the current product during this period.”

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The decision comes after several tumultuous weeks for Ye. After announcing he was putting an end to all of his grudges in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II early last month, he quickly proceeded to announce that he would not be extending his Yeezy partnerships with either Adidas or Gap. Shortly thereafter, his attorney sent a letter to Gap terminating their contract before it was due to expire. (He explained the decision in an extremely Kanye manner in an interview with CNBC: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle.”) Just a few days later, Ye took to Instagram to post a list of far-ranging restrictions Adidas and Gap had allegedly placed on his “Yeezy standalone activities” following his recent actions, writing in his caption that his “war” with the companies was “not over.”

More recently, he disputed a Billboard report that claimed he was looking to sell his catalog, wore a White Lives Matter shirt to a Yeezy Season 9 fashion show, started online feuds with several more clothing brands and designers (as well as Vogue fashion editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and Gigi Hadid), and has now, per TMZ, sat for a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson regarding the WLM apparel.

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Multiple designers are accusing Kanye West and Yeezy of “borrowing” their ideas

Multiple designers are accusing Kanye West and Yeezy of “borrowing” their ideas
Two small brands have spoken out, claiming they shared designs with Ye’s creative team before seeing similar items available for retail.

By David Renshaw

October 06, 2022

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Earlier this week Kanye West launched his Season 9 show at Paris Fashion Week. The runway show was notable for Ye’s decision to wear a T-shirt with the phrase “White Lives Matter” emblazoned on the back. He later doubled down on his his support of the message, deemed hate speech by anti-hate organization ADL, as well as mocking an editor at Vogue who had criticized him. The fashion world has since begun to turn on Ye, with model Gigi Hadid calling him a “joke” and Supreme’s creative director Tremaine Emory branding him an “insecure narcissist.”

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It seems it is not just those at the top of the industry that are speaking out. In a new report from Rolling Stone, a raft of young designers have suggested that the Yeezy brand is guilty of “borrowing” or taking undue influence in their work and neither crediting nor paying them for it.

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Francisco Mateo Baca, who also works under the name Franky Baca, says he believes the design of the reflective wraparound YZY SHDZ sunglasses came from samples of work he shared online. Lil Uzi Vert and Steve Lacy were seen wearing YZY SHDZ at New York Fashion Week, where a range of influencers were invited to sample the product as part of a marketing blitz. Baca told Rolling Stone he was surprised to see the images of the shades on social media as he had recently been invited to share some of his ideas with creatives, including Ye, at Yeezy HQ in L.A.

Baca says he was invited by producer and designer Digital Nas, a Ye collaborator since he released Donda, who told him he was searching for new designers and wanted to meet with him. “I’m talking to their creatives and stuff and they’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is nice. We love this.’” Baca is quoted as saying. “They were telling me, ‘Yeah, Ye’s going to love this.’ So I was like, ‘All right, cool.’ And then, next thing I know, I see pictures of my glasses design on social media.”

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Baca began his own social media campaign to establish that he had designed a similar style of shades and that his work was not, as it may have seemed, copying the YZY SHDZ. He included screenshotted text messages from Digital Nas in which he highlighted the similarities between his work and the new Yeezy shades to which he received the reply “That’s life.” Baca says he isn’t accusing Yeezy of plagiarism but that he believes the team there are “walking on eggshells” around West and that they’re scared to “cause any disturbance because they don’t want to be cut from the team.” He added that there’s “endless possibilities” as to their similar sunglasses designs.

Legendary6ix, a Harlem-based brand, has shared a similar story, this time involving hats. Back in May they posted on social media about being invited to a Donda event in Chicago and taking 200 hats to be used during the performance. After the show the head of the brand and West discussed a potential collaboration and began exchanging ideas. Only after the conversations went cold did Legandary6ix see a hat sharing with flames on the brim, similar to one of their own, as part of Yeezy’s first collection in partnership with Gap.

“Instead of doing it with us he stole our idea and made his own hat,” Legendary6ix’s Instagram post states.

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Speaking with Rolling Stone Baca said he had received messages from Legndary6ix after sharing his negative experience with Yeezy. He said he was aware of how hard it is to copywrite ideas and that there is little recourse for a designer at his level. “I think a lot of these people were suffering in silence,” he told the publication. “Because nobody really wants to go up against Ye.”

The FADER has reached out to Ye’s team for comment.

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Supreme’s creative director calls Kanye West “an insecure narcissist”

Supreme’s creative director calls Kanye West “an insecure narcissist”
Tremaine Emory blasted West when he invoked the memory of Virgil Abloh to defend himself from backlash stemming from his “White Lives Matter” shirt design.

By Jordan Darville

October 04, 2022

Kanye West. Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP

 

Kanye West has attracted the ire of Tremaine Emory, creative director for Supreme, after West accused Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, of “killing [his] best friend” Virgil Abloh. Abloh became the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection in 2018 and passed away from cancer in 2021.

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West’s Instagram post, shared on Tuesday, was made in response to the criticism he’s received for showcasing a shirt with the phrase “White Lives Matter” at his Yeezy Season 9 fashion show in Paris on Monday (October 3). “SPANK MY HAND WITH THE RULER(S) I’LL GO SIT IN THE “PRINCIPAL(S)” OFFICE,” he wrote in a caption. “CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE HOW LATE THE SHOW WAS OR HOW BERNARD ARNAULT KILLED MY BEST FRIEND EVERYONE’S GOT A RIGHT TO AN OPINION RIGHT THERE’S MINE.”

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Emory responded to West soon after. “I gotta draw the line at you using Virgil’s death in your ‘ye’ is the victim campaign in front [of] your sycophant peanut algorithm gallery,” Emory wrote before alleging that West was disrespectful and dismissive towards Abloh even after he was aware of Abloh’s cancer diagnosis. “This time last year you said Virgil’s designs are a disgrace to the black community infont of all your employees at yeezy,” Emory wrote. “Your not a victim your just an insecure narcissist that’s dying for validation from the fashion world…”

West shot back on Instagram later: “IN WAR THEY WILL SEND YOUR OWN PEOPLE AT YOU… GOOD ONE BERNARD.”

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In September, West vowed to end all outstanding grudges in honor of the memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Kanye West wears “White Lives Matter” shirt at Yeezy Season 9 show

Kanye West wears “White Lives Matter” shirt at Yeezy Season 9 show
The phrase originated as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement and eventually became the name of a neo-Nazi group.

By Jordan Darville

October 03, 2022

Image from Yeezy season 9 livestream.

 

Kanye West launched Season 9 of his Yeezy fashion brand in Paris this evening, wearing a long-sleeved shirt with the slogan “White Lives Matter” emblazoned on the back.

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Before the collection debuted, West delivered a statement to the assembled guests. He discussed his struggles breaking into the fashion industry, the 2016 robbery of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and his ongoing feud with Gap, as the New York Post reports. He also appeared to acknowledge his capacity to generate controversy: “I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader. You can’t manage me,” he said.

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"I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader" #YZYSZN9 pic.twitter.com/MTo4lPT22L

— Photos Of Ye (@PhotosOfKanye) October 3, 2022

The slogan “White Lives Matter” was created in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and widely adopted by racists and neo-Nazi groups. One organization known as White Lives Matter claimed that it was “dedicated to the promotion of the white race and taking positive action as a united voice against issues facing our race,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (the website was taken down in August 2016).

White Lives Matter has condemned what it calls the “bastardization of the white race” through mixed-race relationships. One of its flyers obtained by the SPLC read: “More whites die everyday [sic] through interracial offspring than the wars, abortions, accidents, and natural deaths put together. We must live geographically separated from other races with strict border control!!!!”

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It is unclear whether or not West was expressing sympathy with any particular group or not. The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s representatives for more information.

YE is in the building. #YZYSZN9 pic.twitter.com/l8lCZurs0L

— Photos Of Ye (@PhotosOfKanye) October 3, 2022

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Kanye West previewed a new song he made with James Blake at London Fashion Week

Kanye West previewed a new song he made with James Blake at London Fashion Week
Blake confirms he and Kanye recently made three tracks together.

By David Renshaw

September 27, 2022

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Kanye West might be out on his partnerships with Gap and Adidas but he’s still all in on fashion. This week he’s in London for Fashion Week and wound up behind the decks at a Burberry afterparty on Monday where he gave people a preview of some new music he has been working on. The track in question features James Blake‘s vocals and led some fans to suggest that it uses a sample of the songwriter’s “Always,” as heard on 2016 album The Colour In Everything. Blake has moved to correct that assumption, however, tweeting that the song is the product of a new and original collaboration. He added that he and Kanye made three tracks together.

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@kanyewest previewing new music in London. The song samples “Always” by @jamesblake #kanyewest #jamesblake #always pic.twitter.com/1Bd3ukhmDk

— kanyewestaurant (@kanyewestau) September 26, 2022

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Doesn’t sample ‘always’. It’s new. https://t.co/UdqtPfJdLD

— James Blake (@jamesblake) September 26, 2022

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— James Blake (@jamesblake) September 27, 2022

James Blake has a long history of collaborating with, and producing beats for, rap artists. Most recently he worked on Freddie Gibbs’ new single “Dark Hearted.” He has previously worked with Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, Slowthai, and RZA among others.

Kanye West, meanwhile, last released an album in 2021 when he dropped Donda. It was recently reported that he was looking to follow many other artists and sell his publishing catalog in a bumper deal. However, ‘Ye subsequently denied the report and compared himself to Taylor Swift, stating a third party is trying to sell the rights to his work behind his back.

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Kanye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian, admits Sway had the answer in new GMA interview

Kanye West apologizes to Kim Kardashian, admits Sway had the answer in new GMA interview
Clips of the interview were shared ahead of its broadcast on September 22 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

By Jordan Darville

September 22, 2022

Kanye West. Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for Vogue

 

ABC’s Good Morning America teased an interview with Kanye West on Thursday morning’s episode. The clips, which were shared on social media and at Good Morning America‘s website, cover West’s relationship with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, his feuds with Adidas and Gap, and his future political ambitions. The full interview A Conversation with Ye: Linsey Davis Reporting will air on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

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West spent much of 2022 airing out his grievances with Kardashian and her now ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson with social media posts and a music video that attracted public criticism, pleas from Kardashian, and led to being barred from performing at the Grammys. Speaking with Davis, West apologized. “This is the mother of my children,” he said, “and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger. I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children.”

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West also spoke about his private school enterprise Donda, named after his mother Dr. Donda West. “We spread the gospel,” he said, “to build practical skills that the kids need in the world.” According to a recent Rolling Stone report, children are taught “world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour” and parents are forced to sign NDAs.

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The interview also touches on West’s ongoing breakup with Adidas and Gap. As West moves toward selling his clothing designs through his e-commerce site Yeezy Supply (a storefront is coming soon to Atlanta), West was reminded that radio host Sway advised him to follow a similar “do it yourself” path in 2013 – this statement led to West’s infamous response “You ain’t got the answers, Sway!” Now, West is willing to admit that Sway was right. “I will go ahead and say that Sway had the answer,” he said. Watch all the clips below.

“This is the mother of my children and I apologize for any of stress that I have caused.” @kanyewest speaks on co-parenting with Kim Kardashian. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/ATTI17235u

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

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“We spread the gospel.” @kanywest talks about Donda Academy — a private school he created named after his late mother Donda West. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/WdoQJpPxkA

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

“I will go ahead and say that Sway had the answer.” @kanyewest talks about selling Yeezy brand on his own amidst brand battles and references an interview with Sway from 2013. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/iPvZU9i8YJ

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

.@kanyewest tells @linseydavis he still has future political aspirations. https://t.co/pJ0AQzgKkj pic.twitter.com/TZHE3Q40om

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 22, 2022

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Kanye West shares Grand Theft Auto-themed promo video

Kanye West shares Grand Theft Auto-themed promo video
What appears to be an ad for the soon-to-be-terminated YZY Gap collaboration appeared on West’s Instagram Stories.

By Jordan Darville

September 21, 2022

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On Wednesday, Kanye West shared an excerpt of what appears to be a promo for his YZY Gap clothing line styled after the popular video game series Grand Theft Auto.

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The 56-second video was shared on West’s Instagram Story. It depicts a character dressed in items from West’s YZY Gap roaming the streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku in Tokyo. The movement physics in the video as well as the HUDs (health, wanted levels, radar, etc) all resemble those from the Grand Theft Auto games. Watch it in full below.

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Kanye West is really goated for this 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/vfcuep6dab

— DEJOUNTRAE 🛸🪐🇨🇮 (@Laflame_World) September 21, 2022

It’s a bit surprising to see West reference the YZY Gap line after his ongoing feud with Gap exploded this week. Months of simmering tensions led to West finally announcing his intention to terminate his deal with Gap (as well as a separate Adidas partnership). He formally notified the company through his attorney on September 15, claiming that Gap did not fulfill its contractual obligations.

“Gap left Ye no choice but to terminate their collaboration agreement because of Gap’s substantial noncompliance,” West’s attorney Nicholas Gravante said in a statement to The FADER. “Ye will now promptly move forward to make up for lost time by opening Yeezy retail stores.”

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West has reportedly hired Alex Spiro, a lawyer who has represented Elon Musk, Jay-Z, and Meek Mill, as his attorney in his legal proceedings against Gap. On Monday (September 19), he decried the terms of ending his contracts with Gap and Adidas, writing that the “war’s not over” on Instagram.

In other Grand Theft Auto-related news, the game’s developer Rockstar Games suffered a massive and unprecedented leak of in-development footage for its latest installment, Grand Theft Auto 6.

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Kanye West says his “war’s not over” with Adidas and Gap

Kanye West says his “war’s not over” with Adidas and Gap
Ye posted the statement to Instagram late Sunday night along with a breakdown of the restrictions the companies have apparently placed on “Yeezy standalone activities.”

By Raphael Helfand

September 19, 2022

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Kanye West has published a breakdown of the restrictions to his “Yeezy standalone activities” allegedly demanded by Gap and Adidas after his recent decision to cut ties with both companies.

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Posted to his Instagram account late Sunday night alongside the caption “Welp I guess the war’s not over,” the list is prefaced by the condition that “neither Yeezy nor Ye may use, wear, sponsor, promote, market, advertise, endorse, design, manufacture, license, sell, or provide consulting services with respect to any of the following products under the Yeezy Trademarks or Ye’s likeness or any other identifiable attribute, feature, or indica of Ye.” Below these seemingly stringent guidelines are dozens of vague and specific types of footwear, apparel, and accessories that Ye is now apparently prohibited from wearing or associating with, including sneakers, belts, and undergarments.

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In two subsequent Instagram posts, Ye uploaded identical lists of Gap’s board of directors. The first is captioned “Magically No production companies have been willing to produce my YZYSZN9 fashion show in Paris on October 3rd,” seemingly an allegation that the board is blackballing him. The second is captioned “Funny that Bob Martin called me and said we are amicably ending our deal But I can’t do a fashion show but they can keep selling my product hmmmmm,” referring to a private conversation he claims to have had with the Gap CEO.

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The FADER has reached out to Ye’s lawyer Nicholas Gravante and the press offices of Adidas and Gap for further comment.

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On September 9, Ye proclaimed an end to all of his grudges in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Five days later, though, he was back in the arena, announcing plans to terminate Yeezy’s collaborations with Adidas and Gap and calling out each company’s CEO by name on Instagram. And a day after that, he followed through, sending a letter via his attorney to Gap that cited the company’s “substantial noncompliance” with the terms of their contract as Ye’s reason for cutting the partnership short. This past Friday, he gave CNBC a more metaphysical reason for his departure from both deals: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle.”

Kanye West on ending Gap partnership: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle”

Kanye West on ending Gap partnership: “A king can’t live in someone else’s castle”
Ye appeared on CNBC to discuss the end of his and Yeezy’s partnership with the retail giant.

By David Renshaw

September 16, 2022

On Thursday it was confirmed that Kanye West‘s working relationship with Gap had come to an end. The partnership was due to last a decade but was terminated just two years in total, with the rapper and business mogul notifying Gap of his decision via a letter from his attorneys.

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Shortly after the news about the Gap deal broke, Ye appeared on CNBC where he spoke at length about where he felt let down by his former partners and what will come next for him. See the clip in full above.

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At the root of the breakdown in relations, it seems, is Ye and Gap’s inability to agree on a retail price for the clothes they were manufacturing.

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“It was always a dream of mine to be at the Gap and to bring the best product possible to the masses, and I always talked to them about doing products for $20 — like the best products in the world, designed to the same level of the top fashion houses in the world, at $20 for the people,” Ye told CNBC (via Stereogum). “And so we went through three years, and honestly there’s always [those] struggles and back-and-forth when you’re trying to build something new and integrate teams. So we designed an entire collection, and actually I wasn’t able to set the actual price that I wanted for this collection. And then they actually took one of the shirts and sold it for $19. So [they] didn’t price my stuff — they took my stuff and sold it for like $200 and above their whole price point normally and did the exact shirt for $20.”

Ye went on to allege that Gap “ignored” his request to build new stores and that lines of clothing he designed with Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia were sold in colorways he had not approved. Summing up the relationship he describes it as “very frustrating… very disheartening.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Ye said speaking to senior staff at Gap made him feel “like I was on mute or something.” He added: “Our agenda, it wasn’t aligned.” Naturally, he found time for some grandstanding, too. Claiming credit for the way teenagers dress in 2022, Ye said: “Everyone knows that I’m the leader. I’m the king, right? So a king can’t live in someone else’s castle. A king has to make his own castle.”

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Let’s just see how it will affect his decision to discard all of his grudges as a mark of respect to the late Elizabeth II.

Kanye West reportedly makes parents sign NDAs at Donda Academy

Kanye West reportedly makes parents sign NDAs at Donda Academy
The new private school’s stated goal is to “provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.”

By Raphael Helfand

September 16, 2022

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Kanye West has been vocal lately in promoting his private Christian school, Donda Academy, which opened last school year. The K–12, tuition-based institution’s flagship location is in Simi Valley, California, but Ye has expressed plans to expand nationwide and to open universities as well. In a new report, Rolling Stone‘s Cheyenne Roundtree attempted to look deeper into the school’s machinations, and was told by two sources that parents are made to sign non-disclosure agreements before their children begin class there, though a consultant to the school reportedly referred to the agreements as “informal.”

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The academy’s website declares its mission as “prepar[ing] students to become the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators by providing them with a world-class education that includes a rigorous core curriculum, and an emphasis on sustainability, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.” Other stated goals are “to provide the youth with the passion, purpose and spiritual foundations they need to thrive in tomorrow’s world” and “to be a reflection of God’s glory in the world.”

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On a typical day, according to the site, Donda students “learn fundamentals, grow in their faith, and experience two enrichment classes,” beginning with a full-school worship assembly and continuing with core classes (language arts, math, and science); lunch and recess; and enrichment courses including world language, visual art, film, choir, and parkour.

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Beyond that, Donda Academy’s website is opaque, and Roundtree’s reporting shows the institution has worked to reveal as little information about itself as possiblem. Aside from the alleged NDA’s, neither Rolling Stone nor a local paper, the Simi Valley Acorn, was able to secure any interviews with school officials or parents of students, nor did they receive responses from Ye’s representatives when they reached out with requests for comment. The FADER has also reached out to Ye’s representation.

The school is still not accredited, according to the RS report, and was still hiring instructors when the current school year began. And Brianne Campbell — listed on Donda’s website as its principal — is only 28 years old, has never worked in education, and only recently began a post-graduate degree, Roundtree reports.

Despite these potential red flags, those close to Ye insist he is serious about his educational vision. “I want to be emphatic that there’s never been a time that Kanye West did not want to do this,” longtime collaborator Malik Yusef El Shabazz Jones, who worked with Ye on Donda Academy’s concept, told Rolling Stone. “I think people don’t understand the gravity of that. This man always wanted to create a school in his mama’s name… Look at what we’re doing with the choir and the fashion in school — I don’t think there’s a venture capitalist or anybody that’s had a vision this clear on what education can look like for you.”

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Kanye West ends Gap partnership

Kanye West ends Gap partnership
West’s attorney says Gap failed to comply with the terms of its contract with Yeezy LLC.

By Raphael Helfand

September 15, 2022

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On Monday, after two weeks of Instagram trolling, Kanye West announced his intentions to end his partnerships with Adidas and Gap in an interview with Bloomberg. And today, the rapper, producer, and designer has taken the first steps toward terminating his Gap deal, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal report and West’s lawyer, Nicholas Gravante, has confirmed to The FADER.

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Ye notified Gap of his decision via a letter from his attorneys, reviewed by both The AP and The Journal. According to their reports, the document argues that Gap failed to meet the terms of its contract with Yeezy LLC. These included selling 40 percent of Yeezy Gap products in physical stores during the second half of last year and opening five retail stores exclusively dedicated to Yeezy Gap no later than the end of July 2023. If the conditions of the letter are followed, Gap will still be permitted to sell their current Yeezy Gap stock before ceasing to use Ye’s brand name.

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When reached by The FADER for comment, Gravante shared a prepared statement: “Gap left Ye no choice but to terminate their collaboration agreement because of Gap’s substantial noncompliance. Ye had diligently tried to work through these issues with Gap both directly and through counsel. He has gotten nowhere… Ye will now promptly move forward to make up for lost time by opening Yeezy retail stores.”

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In addition to Ye’s attorney, The FADER has reached out to representatives of Gap and Yeezy Gap for comment.