The US rapper Kanye West has repeatedly attracted attention in the past few days and weeks with anti-Semitic statements and has recently lost numerous advertising deals as a result. Now a report by the US broadcaster CNN reveals that the musician has been fascinated by Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) for years. A total of four people close to West reported this. His admiration is said to have gone so far that he originally wanted to call his 2018 album "Ye" "Hitler".
West also read Hitler's book Mein Kampf and expressed his "admiration" for the Nazis and their leader for their propaganda. West's inner circle knew of his interest in Hitler and the National Socialists and was "fully aware" of it. A former employee of the US portal "TMZ" also has his say in the CNN article and reports on an interview situation with West in 2018: Van Lathan Jr. claims that West already had "something like 'I love Hitler, I love Nazis'" said.