Kanye West‘s spate of antisemitic feedback final 12 months might have been motivated by his difficult relationship with Drake, in response to Malik Yusef.
The US rapper and poet made the declare whereas showing on the Rap As we speak With Francis podcast on Monday (September 25), when he spoke about West – who now goes by Ye – and his controversial feedback concerning the Jewish neighborhood.
“I feel they have been for Drake,” he mentioned (by way of HipHopDX). “That’s what I feel. I don’t know who else you’d say that was. I’ve by no means immediately labored with Drake ’trigger Kanye requested me to not.
“He mentioned, ‘Please don’t go work immediately with Drake.’ I mentioned, ‘Okay.’ ‘Trigger Kanye’s brother, however I like Drake too, although. He requested Travis [Scott] the identical factor, however Travis mentioned no.”
Yusef additionally questioned if West’s antisemitic remarks have been professional. “He’s saying he’s attacked by the Jews – I don’t fucking know. I see him with Jewish folks on a regular basis. One evening, when he was going by way of that rant, he was in a automotive with a Jewish dude, so I don’t know, man. I feel it’s all leisure. He’s an entertainer, he’s born to be an entertainer, and I feel that’s what this shit is.”
Kanye West, Kenny Burns and Drake attend at Compound on June 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia (CREDIT: Prince Williams/WireImage)
The artist additionally shared that he felt Ye didn’t have any actual purpose to assault Drake, saying: “I feel that Drake loves Kanye, and that Kanye hates that Drake loves him.
“I don’t really feel like him being indignant with Drake has any credence, as a result of Drake has been nothing however sort and good and a great pupil of Kanye, so I don’t know the place the anger comes from.
“’He took my fashion!’ Okay, cool. Drake takes everyone’s fashion. To me, Drake has his personal distinctive fashion – it’s a hodgepodge of a number of totally different kinds.”
West mentioned that Drake is the “best rapper ever” in October final 12 months, which got here after the pair reconciled in 2021 after years of buying and selling barbs, with the duo placing on the Free Larry Hoover profit live performance.
In July this 12 months, it emerged that West as soon as mentioned that he believes Jewish folks have been “holding him again”, in response to an interview in a brand new documentary. It adopted a spate of anti-semitic feedback which started when he tweeted that he was going to go “demise con 3 [sic] On JEWISH PEOPLE” again in October 2022.
He has since been broadly condemned by many figures within the leisure world, in addition to a number of political figures and organisations that signify Jewish communities, and has misplaced model offers with Balenciaga, Adidas and Hole and had his honorary diploma from The Faculty Of The Artwork Institute Of Chicago rescinded.
Again in March, West then appeared to backtrack on his feedback by saying he “likes Jewish folks once more” after watching Jonah Hill in 21 Leap Road.