A former employee of Kanye West is speaking out about the “toxic,” “abusive” and “chaotic” work environment while working for Yeezy. The extensive report by Rolling Stone has former employees of the Yeezy founder describe a “cult-like atmosphere” where one recalled the being fired for suggesting to play Drake’s music.
In the article, one former staffer recalled Kanye playing his own music at the studio space for Yeezy before the official debut of his collection back in 2015. Ye reportedly looked around the room and asked the employee what he should play when the former employee suggested Drake which they say cost them their job.
“I thought, ‘Oh, he’s a rapper, I should probably mention some rap,'” the former employee said. “Big mistake — the next day I was fired.”
Back in 2015, Drake and Ye seemed to have a solid relationship after appearing on Big Sean’s “Blessings” and the Toronto rapper inviting Ye to perform at his OVO Fest. The two have had beef over the years sneak dissing each other in songs — “All of the Lights” (2010) and “Summer Sweet 16” (2016) — but they reconciled their most recent beef last year after coming together for the Larry Hoover Benefit Concert.
The RS report also shed a light on Ye’s controversial that were debuted at Kanye’s Yeezy SZN 9. According to one source, the original idea was for the shirt to feature a racially-charged message reading “We Are N—–ish,” with the intent of “making fun of white people.”
According to the publication, Yeezy staffers were taken off guard by the “White Lives Matter” shirts which ended up making the runway. “It was like, ‘What the f—?'” one recalled. “A lot of us were very uncomfortable with it. It was professionally frustrating for everybody who had worked really hard and then for the talk of the whole thing to be the shirt.”
Ye has not publicly addressed these former employee’s accusations.