Report: Kanye West allegedly showed explicit Kim Kardashian media during Yeezy meetings

Report: Kanye West allegedly showed explicit Kim Kardashian media during Yeezy meetings
A letter written to Adidas by former Yeezy executives, obtained by Rolling Stone, alleges that the clothing line ignored West’s inappropriate behavior with employees.

By Jordan Darville

November 23, 2022

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Kanye West frequently behaved inappropriately in front of employees at his clothing line Yeezy, playing pornography during meetings and showing off explicit photographs of his then-wife Kim Kardashian, according to a new Rolling Stone report.

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The allegations are reported alongside an open letter penned by several “high-ranking former Yeezy employees” titled “The Truth About Yeezy: A Call to Action for Adidas Leadership.” Sent on Tuesday (November 22) and obtained by Rolling Stone, the letter claims that West had a “manipulative and fear-based approach to leading the team” at Yeezy. “He has, in years past,” the letter alleges, “exploded at women in the room with offensive remarks, and would resort to sexually disturbing references when providing design feedback.”

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The intimate images of Kardashian are alleged to have been displayed during a job interview and business meeting. One individual claims that West showed him an explicit photo of Kardashian during a job interview in 2018, saying “My wife just sent me this.” That same year, a member of Yeezy’s creative team said that West showed them an explicit video involving Kardashian.

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Employees were frequently exposed to West’s pornography habits, the report alleges. One senior employee claimed that West played pornography during meetings on five separate occasions. “He would be in a meeting and he’d be talking to you, and he’d rattle off in his laptop,” the employee said. “And he’s like, ‘I know it’s uncomfortable, but I kind of need this in the background to keep me focused.’” In a documentary shared in October, West can be seen showing pornography to Adidas executives during a meeting.

Adidas did nothing to prevent West’s behavior despite it being common knowledge in the company, the letter claims. “As much as we all would love to solely blame Kanye,” the letter reads, “the undeniable truth is that the Adidas executive team and the board have been huge enablers.” The signators are calling for “steadfast rules for termination of a partnership when problematic behavior arises” as well as a public apology for “Kanye’s terrorizing behavior.”

In a statement obtained by Rolling Stone, Adidas said the company “will not discuss private conversations, details, or events that lead [sic] to our decision to terminate the Adidas Yeezy partnership and decline to comment on any related speculation.”

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The FADER has reached out to Kim Kardashian’s representative for a statement.

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Report: Kanye West paid a former employee who alleged he praised Hitler and Nazis in work meetings

Report: Kanye West paid a former employee who alleged he praised Hitler and Nazis in work meetings
NBC News reports that Ye settled with a member of staff but denied their allegations.

By David Renshaw

November 03, 2022

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Kanye West, paid a settlement to a former employee who alleged that he used antisemitic language at work, NBC News reports.

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West, now known officially as Ye, paid the former employee, who alleged multiple incidents of him praising Hitler or Nazis in business meetings, but denied the claims made in the agreement.

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The former employee spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity, having signed an NDA as part of the agreement. The settlement, along with other correspondence and proof of the payment, was viewed as part of the report.

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In total NBC News spoke to six people who alleged that they heard Ye use antisemitic language in professional environments long before his recent, highly publicized, series of comments. Three were former employees or collaborators while three more worked for TMZ in 2018, when West made a contentious visit to their offices.

Last week CNN reported last week that a separate business executive who had worked for Ye had also received a settlement after they alleged that he created a hostile work environment through an “obsession” with Hitler.

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

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Last month 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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Report: Kanye West’s Donda Academy closes its doors

Report: Kanye West’s Donda Academy closes its doors
Parents were reportedly alerted this week and told to find new schools for their children.

By David Renshaw

October 27, 2022

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Donda Academy, Kanye West’s private Christian school, is closing for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year, The Times of London reports. According to the report, school principal Jason Angell emailed students’ parents to alert them to the shuttering of the school. “Our leadership team will be working diligently to assist all families during this transition, ensuring that every scholar has what they need to succeed in their next community in a prompt and gracious manner.”

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Donda Academy opened last school year with a flagship location in Simi Valley, California, though Ye had expressed plans to expand nationwide and to open universities as well. The academy’s website declares its mission as “prepar[ing] students to become the next generation of leaders, thinkers and innovators. The Academy was the subject of intrigue earlier this year when it was claimed that Ye makes parents sign NDAs before enrolling their children as students.

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No reason for Donda Acdemy was given by prinicipal Angell, though it arrives amid a wave of West’s business relationships collapsing as he feels the consequences of a string of antisemitic and other offensive comments. The Holywood Reporter claims an educational consultant for the school resigned in response to his recent actions. The LA Times, meanwhile, revealed that the school’s basketball team, the Donda Doves, was uninvited from two upcoming tournaments, the Spalding Hoophall Classic and Play by Play Classics. In a statement, Play by Play organizers said, “Kanye’s words and actions violate our values as a company and a country.”

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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. Additionally, it has 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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Report: Kanye West is no longer signed to Def Jam

Report: Kanye West is no longer signed to Def Jam
His contract with the label expired with 2021’s Donda, The New York Times reports.

By Jordan Darville

October 25, 2022

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Kanye West and Def Jam have gone their separate ways, according to a report in the New York Times. The FADER has reached out to representatives for Def Jam and Kanye West.

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The rapper’s deal with the label, which began in 2004 with the release of his debut solo album The College Dropout, was reportedly completed upon the release of 2021’s Donda and has not been renewed. The purported severance also includes West’s label G.O.O.D. Music—in 2022, G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam released Pusha T‘s It’s Almost Dry and You Can’t Kill Me by 070 Shake.

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It is unclear if the business relationship’s alleged termination is connected to the growing fallout from Kanye West’s antisemitic comments which first emerged in early October when he accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of being controlled by Jewish people. After West was barred from Instagram for posting the comments, he tweeted that he was going “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”

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The past week has seen West dropped by Balenciaga, Adidas, the talent agency CAA, his lawyer, and a film studio with a completed documentary on the artist.

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Report: Kanye West is looking to sell his publishing catalog

Report: Kanye West is looking to sell his publishing catalog
He may be seeking a valuation of upwards of 35 times the gross profit.

By Jordan Darville

September 20, 2022

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Update: Kanye West has denied Billboard‘s reporting in an Instagram story posted on Tuesday. It reads:

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JUST LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT

MY PUBLISHING IS BEING PUT UP FOR SALE WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE

NOT FOR SALE

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In June 2019, Scooter Braun acquired the rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums through a purchase of her label Big Red Machine. Swift condemned the purchase and began re-recording the albums starting with her sophomore project Fearless.

Report: Kanye West planning first Russian show and Putin meeting

Report: Kanye West planning first Russian show and Putin meeting
A “strategic advisor” reveals plans for Ye to bring Sunday Service to Moscow, plus a collaboration with a billionaire business associate.

By David Renshaw

January 11, 2022

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Kanye West will make his debut live appearance in Russia with plans also in place to meet with President Vladimir Putin, an associate of the rapper has told Billboard. Ameer Sudan, billed as Ye’s “confidant and strategic advisor,” told the publication that the plan is for a Sunday Service to take place in Russia later this year. Putin will be a special guest at the performance, scheduled for spring or summer depending on a schedule that could involve a potential Coachella headline spot.

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It’s not just music taking Ye to Russia, however, with business also on the agenda. According to Billboard‘s report, the trip is being organized by Sudan alongside attorney Scott Balber and real estate developer Aras Agalarov plus his son, Emin. Billionaire Agalarov’s business interests include shopping centers and department stores across the eastern European country.

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Curiously, Emin Algarov makes music under the name EMIN with Billboard reporting that Ye will collaborate with him while in Russia.

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U.S. citizens are currently advised against travelling to Russia, in part due to the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia and the arbitrary enforcement of local law. Tensions between Russia and the rest of the world remain high over the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine. The U.S. has threatened major sanctions against Russia if that happens.

Regardless, Sudan remains confident that the trip will happen. “Kanye knows what’s going on more than the average human being, he’s well aware of things,” he’s quoted as saying. “And it’s nothing against the United States or to cause conflicts, but Ye is Ye — he can’t be controlled.”

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Report: Kanye West working on Donda sequel

Report: Kanye West working on Donda sequel
Donda 2 is described as a “masterpiece” according to a source close to the rapper.

By David Renshaw

January 04, 2022

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Kanye West has begun working on a follow-up to his 2021 album Donda, Complex reports. Steven Victor, former chief operating officer of West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, gave the news to the publication.

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Victor, who is currently senior vice president of A&R at Universal Music Group, is quoted as saying “Ye has started working on his new masterpiece, ‘Donda 2.’” The FADER has reached out for clarification.

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Of course, Ye fans will know not to get too excited about the prospect of a new album. The rapper has a long history of starting and not releasing projects as anyone who recalls titles such as Yandhi, Good Ass Job, Cruel Winter, or TurboGrafx 16 will recall.

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Since releasing the Grammy-nominated Donda Ye has legally changed his name and proved himself a valuable podcast guest, as well as reconciling with Drake and performing a joint concert with him in Los Angeles in December.

Report: Kanye West is trying to legally change his full name to “Ye”

Report: Kanye West is trying to legally change his full name to “Ye”
He’s asking a judge to make it official.

By Jordan Darville

August 24, 2021

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Kanye West is about to hold another listening event for his album Donda, and on the eve of that ostensible release party, he’s giving fans one more hurdle to finding the album on streaming services: TMZ reports that West has filed legal documents in a Los Angeles court asking a judge to change his full name from “Kanye Omari West” to “Ye.”

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It’s unclear when or if the allegedly requested change will take place — The FADER has reached out to Kanye’s representative for more information. As anyone who has even a passing knowledge of Kanye probably knows, “Ye” is his long-standing nickname. It’s also the title of his 2018 album.

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It’s been a pretty big few days for Kanye. In response to a mention in a Drake verse on the Trippie Redd song “Betrayal,” Kanye added Pusha T to a group chat he had with Drake, sent him a picture of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and promised that Drake would “never recover.” A screencap of the entire exchange was posted on Instagram. Later, he shared Drake’s home address in Toronto.

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Report: Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap collection “on track” to debut in June

Report: Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap collection “on track” to debut in June
The line will feature affordable “modern, elevated” pieces.

By Sajae Elder

May 24, 2021

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After being announced last summer, the partnership deal between Kanye West’s Yeezy and the Gap will finally see a collection released later this year. According to a Business of Fashion report released over the weekend, the line is “on track” to hit stores by the end of June.

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West will develop “modern, elevated” pieces for men, women, and children at affordable price points. His designs will also be featured in “unique Yeezy Gap expressions” at select stores and eventually, across digital channels. Earlier this year, West made the collaboration’s logo—using Gap’s blue & white color scheme and font while replacing “Gap” with “YZY”—official.

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