Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.
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Ye’s drama was happening in spurts — a wise commentary on President Bush here, an infamous speech interruption at the VMAs there, a falling out with the nation’s biggest power couple to top it all off. This particularly cursed year, however, ushered in a new era for Kanye West news items. This week alone, the donda The rapper has found himself in the eye of multiple storms, from his business to his personal life. Usually we let it be, but with the next season of The Kardashians already there, it felt like it was Ye’s turn to be followed… Here is the recap below:
Kanye West founded a religious school that families must sign NDAs to attend. (True Crime Podados: Write This, Write This!)
West’s first large-scale religious event was his Sunday Service, a Christian church service where worshipers wear taupe clothing and sing praises to God. Now he has moved on to Donda Academy, a Christian prep school named after his mother where students’ parents are supposedly required to sign NDAs, on September 15. rolling stone report. Details about the institution remain unclear and the school is not yet accredited, although it has applied for accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Located in Simi Valley, the academy aims to “prepare students to become the next generation of leaders,” according to its website. Lessons include “full school worship; basic courses in language arts, mathematics and science; lunch and recreation; enrichment classes including world language, visual arts, film, choir, and parkour” for the $15,000 award with scholarships and other funding available. Ye also succeeded in recruiting top basketball players to make the school a sports powerhouse.
According rolling stone. Longtime Ye producer and collaborator Malik Yusef is also involved in the project, and some students are friends of the rapper (Keyshia Cole, get your kid out of here!).
Lea Michele’s literacy claims probably inspired Ye to come clean about her own selective illiteracy: “Actually, I haven’t read any books.”
Perhaps reading books would have led the rapper to accept better contracts. On an episode of Alo Yoga Alo Mind Full podcast, West told Alo co-founder Danny Harris that the conversation, not the books, is more of that thing. “I actually haven’t read any books,” West said on the pod, which premiered Sept. 16. “Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts to me,” West continued. “And talking is like getting Giorgio Baldi’s corn ravioli.” The whole school founder also revealed that he only reads the first and last sentences of long text messages.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel and Ye could be an item.
New dating rumors don’t have the energy of Julia Fox, but they do exist nonetheless. Ye is now said to be in a relationship with Victoria’s Secret angel Candice Swanepoel. The rumors emerged on the chatty DeuxMoi’s Instagram Story, and fans reposted the screenshot to Reddit. The comments claimed they heard the rumor two months ago, while another poster said, “It’s true y’all.” The pair were spotted together on Sept. 13 at an event for Yeezy Gap sunglasses, which Swanepoel modeled. Two days later, the model shared an Instagram Story of her and the rapper from behind blurry glass, a photo that West reposted to her own social media. Swanepoel previously joined Kim Kardashian’s Skims campaign.
The rapper ditches Gap and feuds with Adidas over its Yeezy partnerships.
Ye officially terminated his contract with Gap on September 16, citing breach of contract, according to documents reviewed by the New York Time. “It was always a dream of mine to be at the Gap and bring the best product possible,” Ye told CNBC. Closing bell that same day. “Obviously there are always struggles and back and forths when trying to build something new and get on teams. From pricing to colors to the progress of the physical store launch, West was dissatisfied. “Everyone knows I’m the leader. I am the king,” Ye added. “A king cannot live in someone else’s castle. A king must build his own castle.
He had signed the partnership with the brand to produce the Yeezy Gap line in 2020 with the possibility of lasting ten years and the hope of generating $1 billion in annual sales. The affordable collections were meant to be its pivot to the mass market with lines for all ages and genders. But Ye claimed that Gap did not stock the products in stores and did not open specific storefronts just for Yeezy products. The items only hit stores in July 2022, after collaborating with Demna on Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga (this collaboration will not be affected by contract termination as it falls under a different agreement). The rapper’s attorneys sent the breach of contract notice Aug. 16, giving the retailer 30 days to “cure its breaches,” to which Gap responded in a letter Aug. 23, but to no avail.
The CNBC interview wasn’t his last word on the matter. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Ye declared “war” with Gap. He shared subsequent posts that list the retailer’s board of directors. “Magically no production company agreed to produce my YZYSZN9 fashion show in Paris on October 3rd,” a caption read. “Funny that Bob Martin called me and said we’re ending our settlement out of court,” he captioned the final post, using the same image from the board’s list. administration. “But I can’t do a fashion show but they can still sell my product hmmmmm.”
Adidas, another Ye fashion partner, is also catching parasites. In a September 19 Instagram post, he called out Adidas Originals senior vice president Torben Schumacher for allegedly stealing designs and disrupting business plans. An additional message from a text message screenshot appeared to indicate future legal action against Adidas. “Who are the real decision makers at adidas? he wrote. “Torben is a fucking idiot. Torben stole my creations. Adidas stole my designs. They did the Balenciaga collaboration without my knowledge and then stopped my Balenciaga Gap shoes from being released. No one calls me and asks me if I’m sleeping. It’s the war. We killed Gap now it’s Adidas time. The caption read: “WARTIME, MY FAVORITE TIME”.
In the midst of a dispute over his music catalog, Ye sympathizes with Taylor Swift (Irony: 1, Kanye West: 0).
Billboard published an article on September 19 detailing an effort by West’s representatives to sell its publishing library. According to the sources, the catalog generates around $5 million in revenue for the rapper. Apparently, the valuation is quite significant: up to 35 times the publisher’s net share, or gross profit (a rare multiple: Bob Dylan’s would have been 28 to 29 times net). But Ye responded to the report by saying the potential sale was new to him. “Just like Taylor Swift, my posts are being put up for sale without my knowledge,” West wrote in an Instagram Story on Sept. 20. “Not to sell.” (The difference between West and Swift, however, is that Swift’s music was sold after an offer from Scooter Braun and was not the result of an alleged campaign to buy the catalog.)
Let’s hope that scoop never materializes: the last thing we want is an “I can’t tell myself (Kanye’s version)” thing.
You sit with hello america to talk co-parenting with Kim Kardashian (and compare their kids to her “war” with Gap and Adidas).
In an extensive interview with the rapper, West apologized to Kardashian, saying he had a “newfound respect” for his ex-wife. “She is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress I have caused, even in my frustration, because God is calling me to be stronger,” he said during the September 22 meeting with hello america. “I need that person to be less stressed and the best, sane, and as calm as possible so I can raise those kids at the end of the day.”
He also opened up about not feeling heard in his efforts to co-parent their kids, comparing his attempts to have a say in kids’ wardrobe matters with his Yeezy battles. “There was a parallel with what was happening at Gap, what was happening at Adidas and what was happening at my house,” he said. “It was a disregard for the voice of something that I co-created. I co-created the kids. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap According to Ye, these parallels also touch on the issue of discrimination both in branding deals and in his marriage.His parenting struggles came together in a discussion on Donda Academy, where Ye said he had to ” fight for a say” to send their children there.
Along with comparisons between flesh-and-blood children and fashion brand offerings, the famous “How Sway?” meme made its way into the interview. Recall Ye’s 2013 interview with Sway, when the radio host implored the rapper to sell his wares direct to consumers, a suggestion that led Ye to utter that iconic meme clapback. Either way, the new Yeezy reality has proven Sway right. “I’m going to go ahead and say Sway had the answer,” he admitted on hello america. A last confession? He said he was not done with his political aspirations. We will therefore continue to follow Ye in more ways than one.