Kanye West – New Report Claims Ye Fired Yeezy Worker After They Suggested Playing Drake

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Kanye West – New Report Claims Ye Fired Yeezy Worker After They Suggested Playing Drake

It looks like the Yeezy work environment was nothing short of chaotic.

A new Rolling Stone report is shedding light on Kanye West’s fashion brand, Yeezy, and the alleged mistreatment of its staffers and contractors.

Several former employees have spoken up, detailing their experience working for Yeezy. What many thought would be their dream job turned out to be a “cult-like atmosphere” that came with 12-to-15-hour work days, inconsistent or delayed payments, and abrupt firings for innocent missteps.

Kanye West gifts David Letterman with a Yeezy outfit on episode of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

A 2015 incident left one ex-staffer stunned and also fired.  The source claimed Kanye West had a habit of playing his own music in the workspace, but asked for other recommendations after someone suggested he play something else. Ye allegedly scanned the room before randomly selecting an employee and asking what they wanted to hear. The ex-staffer said:

“I thought, ‘Oh, he’s a rapper, I should probably mention some rap,’”

Reportedly, the former employee suggested playing music by Drake, which turned out to be a huge no-no. They continued,

“Big mistake—the next day I was fired.”

The firings became even pettier. A Yeezy executive also recalled a time when a top creative was called out for wearing a yellow sweater to work. The staffer was allegedly told to “dress for the palette or you dress in black,” and was subsequently fired. Another claimed they were forced to leave their own product review because they were wearing a gray tee.

One employee said the constant firings may stem from Kanye’s trust issues, particularly toward his inner circle. The former staffer said,

“Everyone’s always on the verge of losing their job, so the dynamics are total chaos. He doesn’t necessarily have people that he can trust around him.”

Another contractor echoed a similar theory.

“The biggest issue is that he doesn’t appear to have high-level operational people that he trusts. Without the operational backbone, no company can really exist for a super long time. You can’t build a multi-billion-dollar brand without an operations director who stays in the job for more than six months. … He needs professionals that don’t give a shit that he’s Kanye West.”

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Making matters worse, receiving payment from the rapper/fashion designer seemed to be a constant struggle for many employees. According to insiders,  payment was an ongoing issue within the company, as some would allegedly have to wait months before their Yeezy checks went through. At one point, the situation became so frustrating that disgruntled employees went on a “mini strike” until they were properly compensated. Allegedly, some employees are still awaiting payment.

Insiders also supported previous reports about Kanye’s alleged fascination with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. One employee described being in the Yeezy Los Angeles showroom as the team prepared for the infamous Season 9 presentation– which included “White Lives Matter” tees. While Ye was going through the collection’s designs, he allegedly told the room that

“skinheads and Nazis were his greatest inspiration.”

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Some said they were completely blindsided by the “White Lives Matter” design and believed it was a slap in the face to those who had put so much time and energy into the rest of the collection.

One employee said,

“It was like, ‘What the f**k?’ It was definitely a topic of conversation among everyone. 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.” 

Another person said the team was brainstorming a shirt that included a message about race, possibly one that made “fun of white people.” One idea was to emblazon the pieces with the phrase: “We Are N***erish.” The employee said,

“It was definitely supposed to be something that called on race. White Lives Matter [and] Candace Owens in combination just made it political, and just stupid.”

Kanye West has yet to respond to these recent allegations.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole