Rolling Stone reports that recently disgraced rapper Yi — also known as Kanye West — has fostered a “cult-like” workplace where employee jobs have been constantly compromised.
The outlet interviewed nearly two dozen people who worked with Ye on Yeezy, Adidas, and Gap. Employees reported working 12 to 15 hours in a work day in a chaotic and ever-changing work environment where “you have to get along with it constantly.”
“His anger at us in day-to-day interactions was inappropriate, and frankly it was a HR nightmare,” an Adidas Yeezy designer told outlets.
“How he is on social media is exactly what he is with employees,” added a senior Adidas Yeezy employee.
One employee recalls firing him because he suggested he play Drake, with whom West used to rap. Several employees also reported that West’s criticism of their fashion created a culture in which most people wear Yeezy clothes. One creator was fired after wearing a yellow jacket when West told them to “wear a palette or wear black,” Rolling Stone reports.
“[We] didn’t leave unless Kanye left,” one employee told the outlet. “No one wants anything to go wrong while Kanye is there because obviously your job could be in jeopardy if there was a huge star and the printer didn’t work.”
West reportedly told employees that his Yeezy fashion show was inspired by “skinheads and Nazis”. On the show, he wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt, which sparked a backlash from fans and critics. In other recent cases, West has made anti-Semitic and other harmful remarks in interviews and on Twitter. As a result, he lost many of his business relationships and thus lost his billionaire status.