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Nameless former staff spoke to Rolling Stone about strolling on eggshells round Ye, his erratic habits and being “an HR nightmare.”
Former staffers of Kanye West are opening up about their troubling experiences with the Donda 2 artist. On Wednesday (November 9), Rolling Stone reporter Cheyenne Roundtree published an investigative piece about staff who as soon as labored with Ye calling the surroundings “pure chaos,” citing random firings, utilizing antisemitic language and being disallowed to play Drake within the office. Staff, who have been based mostly in Los Angeles, additionally claimed that they labored as much as 15-hour workdays.
One former Yeezy worker stated that the artist previously generally known as Kanye West referenced Nazis and skinheads as his “largest inspiration” for his Yeezy Season 9 assortment.
“It’s some extent of inspiration for him as a result of I believe there’s a lot ache that comes from that place, particularly for Black folks,” they shared. “The minute he turns it round, makes use of it, [and] places himself able of being profitable off of it, I really feel like he does one thing to it — he takes possession over it.”
Different staff stated that Ye’s habits within the office was “abusive” and practically micromanaging, including that his persona “on social media is strictly how he’s like with staff.”
“He thrives off of chaos,” one worker who labored for Yeezy in 2020 stated. “He wants that round to maintain him hungry and motivated and all this different stuff.”
All sources within the Rolling Stone report requested anonymity, being positioned beneath intensive NDAs and citing Ye’s historical past of retaliation. The story comes simply weeks after the artist misplaced enterprise partnerships with Adidas, Hole, Balenciaga, Vogue and extra.
“I really feel like that is God humbling me proper now,” he stated in a latest 16-minute clip filmed by paparazzi. “As a result of there’s two issues which are taking place. Lots of instances after I would say ‘I’m the richest Black man,’ it will be a protection that I’d use for the psychological well being dialog. …What’s taking place proper now could be I’m being humbled.”