A new report alleges that Kanye West has an obsession with Adolf Hitler.
Four sources told CNN that he once wanted to name an album after the Nazi leader. A business executive who worked for West said “He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to accumulate so much power and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party achieved for the German people.” The album in question is his 2018 album that he eventually named Ye. The sources who spoke about the album chose to remain anonymous in fear of professional retribution.
The executive told CNN that West spoke openly reading Mein Kampf, Hitler’s 1925 autobiographical manifesto. They also mentioned that the rapper “expressed his admiration for the Nazis and Hitler for their use of propaganda.” The executive said that West’s inner circle was “fully aware” of his interest in Hitler.
Van Lathan Jr., a former TMZ employee, who faced Ye when he made his slavery “sounds like a choice,” comment recently claimed on a podcast that West also made antisemitic comments during their conversation that the outlet did not release publicly.
“I already heard him say that stuff before at TMZ,” Lathan said during an episode of the Higher Learning podcast earlier this month. “I mean, I was taken aback because that type of antisemitic talk is disgusting. It’s like, I’m taken aback any time anyone does that, right? But as far as [West], I knew that that was in him because when he came to TMZ, he said that stuff and they took it out of the interview. … He said something like, ‘I love Hitler, I love Nazis.’ Something to that effect when he was there. And they took it out of the interview for whatever reason. It wasn’t my decision.”