Kanye West’s presidential campaign reportedly paid over $40k to Milo Yiannopoulos

Kanye West in November 2022. Credit: MEGA/GC Images

West confirmed back in November that Yiannopoulos was working on his presidential campaign, referred to as #YE2024. Just a couple of weeks later, however, Yiannopoulos stepped away from the campaign. “Ye and I have come to the mutual conclusion that I should step away from his political team. Ye is a genius whom I have come to love and respect. We remain friends. I will continue to pray for Ye and all his endeavors,” he wrote on Telegram.

He denied that he had been fired, insisting that his departure from the campaign was a mutual decision. It has been suggested, however, that this came as a result of West’s relationship with Nick Fuentes, a political commentator with white nationalist leanings.

The FEC also revealed that Fuentes had been paid $14,719 (£11,930) to recoup his travel expenses.

Elsewhere, West is currently being investigated for alleged assault after video footage reportedly showed him involved an altercation with a woman who was filming him. West allegedly knocked her phone out of her hand after she protested when he ordered her to put her phone down.

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David Baddiel says Kanye West’s antisemitism is “actively dangerous”

“Kanye says unbelievably antisemitic stuff drawing on, it should be said, very ancient antisemitic tropes,” Baddiel said. “One key thing about what Kanye says is that antisemitism is often seen by people as punching up, so they don’t see it as racism because what they see is that Jews are powerful.

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“So Kanye will say something like ‘Jews are in control of the music business, I’m finally throwing off the shackles of how Jews won’t let me speak about this, that or the other because they’re in control.’ He then says, ‘I’m going to go defcon three on them all.’ But it comes from a sense of this is a rebel yell against a race that is controlling us.

“It sounds like someone fighting the good fight, right? And that is actually what Hitler, who Kanye has said he’s an admirer of, that is also how Hitler sounded to some people and to a lot of people.”

Baddiel went onto explain that people who share these views and have “powerful voices” like West are a danger to the Jewish community.

“I’m bothered by what’s dangerous for Jews, what’s dangerous for my children,” Baddiel added. “I do think it’s dangerous. I think it’s actively dangerous. The point is these are very powerful voices. Kanye, because he’s a brilliant hip-hop artist, has got a really powerful voice.”

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Asked if he thinks West is racist, Baddiel replied: “I think he already says he’s antisemitic, and antisemitism is racism.”

Recently, an Australian federal minister said West could be denied entry to the country due to his “awful” antisemitic comments.

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Watch Borat roast Kanye West, Donald Trump and U2 at Kennedy Center Honors event

On the subject of the rise of antisemitism in America and Kanye West, Borat said it was “not fair” because “Kazakhstan is number one Jew-crushing nation”. “Stop stealing our hobby,” he told the crowd. “Your Kanye, he tried to move to Kazakhstan and even change his name to Kazakhstan-Ye West. But we said no. He too antisemitic even for us.”

Borat then moved on to the real reason he was present at the Kennedy Center Honors – “to make congratulation to Irish rocking roll band by the name of Me Too”. As Bono and The Edge laughed on in the audience, Borat said: “I have a message for you from my Premiere, it is hot off the fax.”

After reading a message in the Kazakh language, he explained: “It translate to mean, ‘Please remove your wretched album from my new iPhone 6’.”

He continued: “Your band fight oppression around the world – stop it! Do not come to Kazakhstan with your goody two shoes meddling or you will be placed on our new stretching machines and your bodies will move in mysterious ways.”

Borat then launched into a version of U2’s ‘With Or Without You’, describing it as being about “the difficult choice facing our beautiful planet”, before picking up a keytar to perform an instrumental. Watch Borat’s appearance at the event in full above.

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Speaking last year, Cohen said he believed that the character of Borat would never return to screens in a full-length project following Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. “I brought Borat out because of Trump,” he said in an interview with Variety.

“There was a purpose to this movie, and I don’t really see the purpose to doing it again. So yeah, he’s locked away in the cupboard.”

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Kanye West declared ‘Antisemite Of The Year’ by watchdog group

“Jew hatred is already out of control in the United States and the last thing we need is a celebrity like Kanye to add fuel to that fire.”

Kanye West performing at an Adidas event in 2018. Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

West’s spate of recent anti-Semitic comments began when he tweeted that he was going to go “death con 3 [sic] On JEWISH PEOPLE” back in October. He was widely condemned by many figures in the entertainment world, as well as several political figures and organisations that represent Jewish communities. He later walked out of an interview in which he was challenged over his anti-Semitic sentiments. 

Even more controversially, he praised Hitler on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars podcast and later called for Jewish people to “forgive Hitler today”, while also denying that the Holocaust happened. Earlier this month, he tweeted an image of a swastika inside a Star of David.

West has had his social media accounts suspended multiple times – his Twitter account was banned three times in less than two months. Most recently, he was suspended from Clubhouse after claiming that Jewish people “are used by the Chinese” to control Black people, describing them as “just middlemen”.

He has also lost brand deals with Balenciaga, Adidas and Gap and had his honorary degree from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago rescinded.

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Kanye West suspended from Clubhouse over anti-Semitism

Clubhouse confirmed the rapper and entrepreneur’s suspension during a statement provided to The Wrap.

Kanye West. Credit: MEGA/GC Images.

“We took action to shut down a conversation yesterday because it violated our policies,” the statement read. “We also suspended those who violated the policies. There’s absolutely no place for bullying, hate speech or abuse on our platform as explicitly stated in our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.”

West, who charged fans $20 (£16) for entrance to the Clubhouse Q&A, also continued his ongoing rampage against Ari Emmanuel, the CEO of talent management agency Endeavour, against whom he previously wrote anti-Semitic comments about.

In October, Ye’s Instagram was again suspended after he made anti-Semitic comments about Emmanuel alongside a graphic post-lynching photo of civil rights icon Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was tortured and lynched in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman.

Elsewhere in the Clubhouse conversation Ye discussed some of the latest controversy surrounding him, including Adidas ending its fashion partnership with him.

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As The Wrap notes, you can listen to most of the full conversation below, though there are inaccuracies in the YouTube channel’s description of the video.

The Wrap added that it was unable to reach West for comment and Wack100 didn’t immediately respond to the publication’s request for comment. West has not commented publicly on his Clubhouse suspension.

In related news, West was last week banned from Instagram again after sharing a clip of a new song called ‘Someday We’ll All Be Free’.

The song, West’s first original release since ‘Donda 2’ dropped in February, samples the 1973 Donny Hathaway song of the same time, which has been adopted in the past as a civil rights anthem. He first performed it as a freestyle a capella rap on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s talk show Infowars.

In the Infowars interview Ye denied the existence of the Holocaust, praised Hitler, and denied that Hitler killed six million Jews – read more about that here.

Earlier this month the rapper Tweeted an image containing a swastika inside a Star of David: a move that Elon Musk ruled violated the platform’s policies “against incitement to violence”. West’s account was then suspended.

West has repeatedly denied that his comments are racist including saying that he doesn’t believe in the term “anti-Semitism” because he claims that it’s “not factual”.

However he later offered some sort of apology in an interview with Piers Morgan, saying: “I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the ‘death con’… I feel like I caused hurt and confusion”.

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Kanye West banned from Instagram again after sharing clip of new song

Some of its lines appear to make reference to his divorce from Kim Kardashian such as “I know it’s ‘cause the headlines / why [you] wanna leave,” and “Waking up to ‘I can’t do this anymore’ texts.” 

Its outro samples West’s recent interview with Jones, in which he declared that he “liked” Hitler. Jones is heard asking, “Can we just kind of say, like, you like the uniforms but that’s about it?” to which West responds, “No, there’s a lot of things that I love about Hitler”. However, the sample in this song cuts off the words “about Hitler”.

The post was quickly removed from Instagram before West’s account was suspended yet again barely days after it was reinstated. West was banned from Twitter for the third time in two months after tweeting an image of a swastika inside a Star of David.

Ye — Someday We'll All Be Free

Premiered via The Alex Jones Show pic.twitter.com/DfMaU0NbhQ

— Kurrco (@Kurrco) December 7, 2022

Despite this, West has carried on making inflammatory statements, recently calling for Jews to “forgive Hitler today” in an interview with far-right commentator Gavin McInnes. He also called abortion “a Holocaust that we’re dealing with right now” and pornography “the gas chamber”.

The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago revoked the honorary doctorate degree that was gifted to West in 2015 in response to his recent comments. A petition to remove all his work from streaming platforms has now surpassed 80,000 signatures.

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Kanye West’s Reddit forum taken over by Taylor Swift memes and Holocaust facts

Many of the humorous posts are also based on West’s longtime rivalry with Swift, as dozens of Redditors have taken to the forum with memes declaring Swift to be the superior artist.

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Shout out to Pete Davidson who lost his father in 9/11, suffers from BPD, anxiety and heavy depression, still didn’t became a nazi. from Kanye

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A bulk of the posts on r/Kanye, though, are serious messages aimed educating West’s fans on tragedies caused by Nazis and other right-wing extremists.

Some have shared personal stories of relatives who were directly impacted by the Holocaust, while others have shared archival documents about the historic genocide, as well as information on the real-world implications of antisemitism and how it spreads in modern settings.

Jewish former Ye fan here: love the Holocaust awareness, but let’s bring some awareness to Jewish culture and current antisemitism! from Kanye

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The takeover comes in the wake of West’s interview on Infowars – a talk show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – where he openly praised Adolf Hitler and defended the acts of Nazis. Among the many inflammatory statements he made were the declaration that “we’ve got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time”, and the untrue claim that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

Shortly after the interview, West tweeted an illustration of a swastika inside a Star of David, leading to his third ban from Twitter in less than two months. Parler also came out to confirm that West’s buyout of the company had been shut down.

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Jack White mocks Elon Musk’s “free speech” hypocrisy after Kanye West’s Twitter ban

In opening his post, White wrote mockingly: “So Elon, how’s that ‘free speech’ thing working out? Oh, I see, so you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn’t then? What kind of crybaby liberal suspends someone’s free speech? Hmm…”

The former White Stripe went on to reference Musk’s recent move to reinstate Donald Trump‘s account on Twitter – and the fact that Alex Jones also remains banned – continuing: “Conspiracy liar Alex Jones doesn’t get ‘free speech’ either? I see. So you’re learning that these folks incite violence and hatred but Trump… DOESN’T? Hmmm.

“Or is it that liar Jones, and [antisemite] egomaniac Kanye can’t provide tax breaks for billionaires the way the former president could? Or that maybe the controller of this ‘free speech’ is insulted personally? Or that just maybe, there needs to be, oh I don’t know, RULES and REGULATIONS or else you breed chaos?”

White then suggested that Musk’s choice to ban West could be a sign that he’s learning about the necessity of discretionary censorship, quipping that “it’s nice to watch in real time as [Musk] learn[s] that all things need to be regulated, whether that be guns, drugs, alcohol, assembly, or speech because of the danger of someone or something being hurt or destroyed”.

“They’re sometimes called ‘laws’,” White added. “And perhaps you’re learning how harmful it can be when you let dangerous, hateful people say whatever they want on your stage.”

In closing, White noted that he’d blocked users from commenting on the post because it “isn’t a debate forum”, explaining that he’s “talking on [his] front porch, not debating in [a] town square”.

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Taking a swipe at Musk’s recent comments about Twitter being “the de facto town square” for the digital age, White finished: “I regulate the platforms I control too. Do the right thing Elon and don’t provide other hate mongers a stage, let them go talk in [a] town square. (And no, twitter isn’t [a] town square owned by the gov[ernment], it’s a private company owned by Elon Musk).”

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White similarly hit out at Musk last Monday (November 21), calling Trump’s return to Twitter “absolutely disgusting” and “an asshole move” on Musk’s part. In another open letter to Musk, the artist implored him to “be truthful” and “tell it like it is” – that “people like [him] and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like Alex Jones etc.)” are financially incentivised to throw their support behind figures spreading hate speech.

White then quit Twitter, joining the likes of Stephen FryTrent Reznor and dozens of other stars.

In the same interview that saw West share overt neo-Nazi sentiments, he was joined by open white supremacist Nick Fuentes, who’d also joined the rapper for a meeting with Trump last week. Trump would later call West a “seriously troubled man”.

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Kanye West praises Hitler during interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

“The Jews…I love everyone, and the Jewish people are not going to tell me ‘You can love us and you can love what we are doing to you with the contracts, and you can love what we are pushing with the pornography’, but this guy that invented highways, invented the very microphone that I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good and I am done with that.

Kanye on Alex Jones:

"Well, I see good things about Hitler also."pic.twitter.com/I969vqrhYP

— Kurrco (@Kurrco) December 1, 2022

“I am done with the classifications. Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”

As the show cut to a break, Jones told the rapper that he did not like Nazis or Hitler, to which West interjected, “I like Hitler.”

During the interview, West also brought out a net and a bottle of Yoohoo chocolate milk, in an attempt to seemingly mock Israeli Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu.

It came a day after the Israeli politician said that Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago meeting with West and Fuentes was a “mistake.”

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I condemned Kanye West’s antisemitic statements. President Trump’s decision to dine with this person I think is wrong and misplaced. He shouldn’t do that. I think he made a mistake. I hope it’s not repeated,” he told American journalist Bari Weiss (via The Independent).

Former Vice President Mike Pence also recently criticised Trump’s decision.

“President Trump was wrong to give a White nationalist, an antisemite and Holocaust denier a seat at the table, and I think he should apologise for it. And he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification,” he said.

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Pusha T says Kanye West’s antisemitic posts were “very disappointing”

Pusha T, who worked with ye on his recent album ‘It’s Almost Dry’, explained how he felt after hearing about West’s comments in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times.

He said: “It’s definitely affected me. It’s been disappointing. As a Black man in America, there is no room for bigotry or hate speech. So yeah. It’s been very disappointing.”

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Despite that, the Virginia rapper said it was always “a very special thing” to work with West

He continued: “Creatively, Ye has meant freedom to me. A lot of times, people would try to get me to change certain things about my process, change certain things about me lyrically, change certain things about the content. He never has been like that. He always saw me for who I was and knew how to take it to the next level.

“We actually have a lot of the same taste, we love just barred-out rap. He would tell me things like, ‘Man, you just be the extreme version of yourself. And I’m gonna be the extreme version of myself.’”

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The rapper previously spoke to NME about his creative process with West earlier this year.

“Ye and I are very different people,” he said at the time. “The only thing we have in common is our love of street rap. He’s a huge fan and I’m the DNA of that. We’re really parallel on it. I feel like everything else is a debate because we’re just very different people.”

“He’s very emotional and I am way more calculated than him,” he continued. “So, music is never the debate; it’s the strategy that is the debate with us all day long. His superpower is his instinct, so when that’s your superpower, the shit works the majority of the time.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has called West a “seriously troubled man” following their recent dinner together at the former US President’s Florida estate.

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Donald Trump describes Kanye West as a “seriously troubled man” after Mar-a-Logo dinner

One of the people Trump is referring to is right-wing political commentator Nick Fuentes, who has documented white supremacist leanings. West was seen with Fuentes at Miami’s airport and later described him as a “Trump loyalist” in what appeared to be a presidential campaign video released on Friday (November 25). He also said that Trump was “really impressed” with Fuentes, despite not knowing him.

On his way to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago yesterday, Kanye West was filmed walking through Miami's airport with misogynistic antisemitic white nationalist Christian fascist incel Nick Fuentes. https://t.co/903Sa56Jb5 pic.twitter.com/Jn3bKtt9JE

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 23, 2022

West has confirmed on his newly-reinstated Twitter account that at this meeting, he asked Trump to be his running mate. “First time at Mar-a-Lago,” he tweeted. “Rain and traffic. Can’t believe I kept President Trump waiting. And I had on jeans. Yikes.”

He later posted a poll for fans in which he asked: “What you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?”

First time at Mar-a-Lago

Rain and traffic

Can’t believe I kept President Trump waiting

And I had on jeans Yikes

What you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?

— ye (@kanyewest) November 23, 2022

He had said in the aforementioned video that his proposition was “lower on the list of things that caught [Trump] off guard”, claiming instead that the politician was “most perturbed” by “the fact that I walked in with intelligence.”

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The moment during the dinner where Trump tried to dissuade West from running for President was also seemingly confirmed in West’s video. “Trump started basically screaming at me at the table, telling me I was gonna lose,” he said. “I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, hold on hold on, you’re talking about Ye.”

#YE24 pic.twitter.com/LuZ2YfncSg

— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022

Trump and West’s relationship dates as far back as 2015, the year when West first announced his intention to run for president in 2020. Trump later told Rolling Stone that he “hope[d] to run against [West] someday.” The following year, West declared to crowds at his Saint Pablo Tour that “if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,” before meeting with Trump at the Trump Towers in New York City.

In 2018, West wore a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat during his appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. The rapper’s Trump-related tangent during the broadcast was cut off to the general viewing public, with Trump later tweeting that West’s appearance “was great”.

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Kanye West is back on Twitter after account was locked following antisemitic posts

The rapper has repeatedly denied that his comments were racist, including saying that he doesn’t believe in the term “anti-semitism” because he claims that it’s “not factual”. However, he later offered some sort of apology in an interview with Piers Morgan, saying: “I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the ‘death con’… I feel like I caused hurt and confusion”.

Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked

— ye (@kanyewest) November 20, 2022

Following West’s comments, Musk also said that he spoke to the rapper about his conduct, tweeting: “Talked to ye today & expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart.”

Musk then deleted a tweet hinting at a possible business collaboration with the rapper shortly after.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Kano Computing, the company that developed the Stem Player to allow fans to listen to and customise songs from West‘s ‘Donda’ albums, severed ties with the rapper in the wake of his anti-semitic comments.

Klein, who is half Jewish, spoke to The Los Angeles Times about his dealings with the embattled star. “[West] tried to call me racist when I gently told him that attacking a whole race of people wasn’t good for him or Stem,” he said.

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“I asked Kanye not to take the path he’s on. We’ve told him that we’re unable to work together while he’s putting out racial conspiracy theories. There’s no deal in place.”

Kano’s move follows numerous other organisations and figures that have worked with West. Adidas recently cut ties with the star – so have his lawyer and booking agency. And Hollywood production company and financiers, MRC, revealed that it will shelve a “recently completed” documentary about West.

Luxury fashion house Balenciaga also recently axed its relationship with West, while a representative for Vogue magazine confirmed to Page Six last month that neither the magazine nor its editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, plan to work with West moving forward.

West’s return to Twitter comes after Donald Trump also returned to the social media platform yesterday (November 19) following an online poll.

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Several anti-fascist groups spoke out against the remarks and many artists, celebrities, and politicians publicly condemned West over his remarks including Jack AntonoffJohn Legend, David Schwimmer, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and ex-Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Elsewhere, Adidas officially terminated their partnership with the rapper, calling his inflammatory statements “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous” in a statement and Balenciaga – who West walked the runway for at last month’s Paris Fashion Week – also cut ties. JPMorgan Chase decided to “end its banking relationship” with West, and he was also reportedly dropped by his lawyer and talent agency.

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— NAAMA (@NAAMAstudios) November 15, 2022

One former fan told NAAMA Studios (via the Evening Standard): “Having a tattoo related to Kanye isn’t exactly something to shout about given his hugely distasteful comments recently.

“When I found out I could get it removed for free, I was really pleased. NAAMA has a great reputation for tattoo removal, so I was super grateful to start my removal journey with them and put this behind me, so I look forward to having it done.”

Briony Garbett, CEO of NAAMA Studios, added: “We all hope that the tattoos we get will always have a special meaning to us, however, you can never predict the future and how that might affect your view of your tattoo.

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“When you have a tattoo inspired by someone you admire and they start making headlines for all the wrong reasons, it’s not exactly something you want to wear on your sleeve that you are or were a fan.”

In other news, Israeli pop star Noa Kirel wore an outfit adorned with photos of Kanye West to this year’s MTV EMAs in a “message to the world”.

Kirel appeared on the red carpet in an outfit featuring many pictures of Ye’s face, with The Israel Times reporting the singer as calling the choice “a fashion item with a message for the whole world; an item that signals that I am both Jewish and Israeli.

“We have been experiencing a lot of antisemitism, especially in light of Kanye West’s statements. I am proud to be an Israeli artist who represents Israel in the world,” she said.

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Dave Chappelle defends Kanye West’s anti-Semitism during ‘SNL’ monologue

Yesterday (November 12) Dave Chappelle started his Saturday Night Live opening monologue by reading a statement off a piece of paper.  “I denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms, and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community,” he said. “And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself some time.”

“I’ve probably been doing this 35 years now, and early in my career I learned that there are two words in the English language you should never say together in sequence, and they are: The Jews,’” he continued. “I’ve never heard someone do good after they said that.”

Chappelle went on to say that previously when West got into trouble, he’d turn up immediately. “But this time, I was like ‘I’m going to see what happens first’.” He then went on to talk about West’s recent appearance on the Drink Champs video podcast.

“This time, he was angry about something. He said, ‘I can say anti-semitic things and Adidas can’t drop me.’ Adidas dropped him immediately. Ironically, Adidas was founded by Nazis and they were offended. I guess the student surpassed the teacher,” Chappelle said.

He continued: “It’s a big deal, but he broke the show business rules of perception. If they’re Black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a mob. If they’re Jewish, it’s a coincidence, and you should never speak about it.”

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“I saw one news pundit screaming about Kanye, she said ‘mental health is no excuse for that type of language’. Yes it is, bitch. You can kill somebody if you’re mentally ill,” said Chappelle. “I don’t think Kanye is crazy, I think he’s possibly not well. But I’ve been to Hollywood, this is just what I saw…it’s a lot of Jews. But that doesn’t mean anything. There’s a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Missouri but that doesn’t mean they’re running the place.”

“I can see if you had some sort of issue, you might go out to Hollywood and you might start connecting some lines and you could maybe adopt the delusion that Jews run show business,” Chappelle said. “It’s not a crazy thing to think, but it’s a crazy thing to say out loud in a climate like this.”

Dave Chappelle. CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

After talking about how West lost his billionaire status, Chappelle said: “It shouldn’t be this scary to talk about anything. It’s making my job incredibly difficult, to be honest. I hope they don’t take anything away from me, whoever they are.”

Saturday Night Live had been criticised for booking Chappelle after the comedian made a series of seemingly-transphobic remarks during his Netflix special last year.

Earlier this year, a venue in Minnesota cancelled one of his stand-up gigs following the backlash. Chappelle addressed the criticism during a speech at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C., which was released on Netflix, where he claimed those critical of his comments disregarded his “artistic nuance”.

Meanwhile, West returned to social media earlier this month and promised a 30-day cleanse from sex, alcohol and porn.

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Christine And The Queens has worked on an album with Kanye West producer Mike Dean

Chris ended up going to Los Angeles to work with Dean for several months. “He picked out everything that was personal and we worked on that,” he said in the interview. “He knows how to protect an emotional gesture.”

The result of these sessions with Dean was an entire album, which will reportedly be released early next year.

Christine And The Queens Presents Redcar. CREDIT: YouTube/Jools Holland

Last month, Chris aired two songs on Jools Holland (October 29) as well as giving Redcar his live debut. He performed lead single ‘je te vois enfin’ and unveiled the currently unreleased track ‘tu sais ce qu’il me faut’.

Also last month, Redcar released ‘la chanson du chevalier’, the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming album. Described as “a prayer for a lost knight,” the song is accompanied by a clip featuring Redcar alongside Rodin’s 1877 statue l’Age d’airain (The Age of Bronze).

Christine And The Queens is due to play two shows at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris on tomorrow (November 9) and Thursday (10), before a sold-out gig at London’s Royal Festival Hall on November 22.

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‘Redcar’ was due for release on September 28 but was pushed back after Chris suffered an injury in rehearsals.

Earlier this year, the artist opened up about his gender identity, pronouns, and the new moniker for his upcoming record.

In the three-minute video posted to TikTok, Chris explained: “I’ve been a man for a year now – a little more officially in my family and in my relationship. It is a long process.” Chris has since updated his pronouns to he/him on social media.

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Kanye West’s net worth drops from $2billion to $400million after Adidas ends Yeezy deal

Kanye West pictured in California 2016. CREDIT: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Adidas)

News of Ye’s net worth comes following news that Adidas will stop production of its Yeezy line after nine years due to his “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous” comments.

The German sportswear brand said in a statement today: “Adidas does not tolerate anti-semitism and any other sort of hate speech.

“Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”

The company added it expects to take a hit of up to €250million (£217million) to its net income this year from the split.

Adidas is the latest organisation to cut ties with West following the likes of Def Jam, JP Morgan Chase, and Balenciaga who have all condemned the rapper’s recent statements which have been criticised as being anti-semitic.

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During a recent interview on the Drink Champs podcast, which has since been removed, the rapper made further anti-semitic comments, saying “the Jewish media blocked [him] out”. He also made more inflammatory comments during a recent interview with Fox News that was not aired but leaked online.

Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end.

— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) October 24, 2022

West has refused to accept that the term “anti-semitism” exists because he claims it’s “not factual”, but he has since offered something of an “apology” to those whom he’s offended with his comments.

Yesterday (October 24), Kim Kardashian said she “[stands] together with the Jewish community” in the wake of her ex-husband’s comments.

“Hate speech is never OK or excusable,” she tweeted. “I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end.”

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Kanye West explains why he is “jealous” of Jewish culture

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Gene Simmons responds to Kanye West’s antisemitic oubursts: “Take the medication”

“I’m not a doctor. I’m not a physician. I don’t know much about Ye or Kanye,” he continued. “If there’s medication, I respectfully urge for the gentleman to take the medication. If he’s surrounded by the wrong people, get some nicer people.”

Simmons added: “Let’s be clear about this: African-Americans have been tortured physically, mentally, culturally for decades, centuries, but you’re talking to a people who’ve heard this story and have been tortured mentally, physically for thousands of years.”

“Jews have done well, let’s be clear, because they worked for it. But don’t kid yourself — racism, anti-Semitism exists right next to each other, and we’re all victims in some way or the other by the ruling establishment.”

The episode — which aired on Thursday (October 20) — also featured an interview with West himself, with the rapper initially refusing to say sorry for his comments. He later offered something of an apology over a particular tweet that referenced “going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE”.

“You know, I will say, I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the ‘death con’,” he said. “I feel like I caused hurt and confusion, and I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through, and that I used my platform where you say ‘hurt people hurt people’ – and I was hurt.”

West’s antisemitic outbursts have been numerous in recent weeks, blaming “Jewish media” and “Jewish Zionists” for alleged wrongdoings while on the Drink Champs podcast, saying “Jewish people have owned the black voice” and that “the Jewish community, especially in the music industry… they’ll take us and milk us till we die.”

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He also made similar antisemitic comments on Fox News, LeBron James’ talk show The Shop and during a recent interview with NewsNation host Chris Cuomo, where he said that he “doesn’t believe” in the term antisemitism.

Last week, West’s most recent label Universal Music Group shared a statement denouncing antisemitism and his bank, JPMorgan Chase, cut ties with him.

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Kanye West accuses Quentin Tarantino of stealing idea for ‘Django: Unchained’ from him

“Tarantino can write a movie about slavery where – actually him and Jamie [Foxx], they got the idea from me because the idea for ‘Django’ I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as the video for ‘Gold Digger’. And then Tarantino turned it into a film,” West claimed to Morgan.

Neither Tarantino nor Foxx have responded publicly to Ye’s claims. NME has contacted Tarantino’s representatives for comment.

While Ye didn’t expand on his claims, he did make a comparison, when speaking about how free speech exists with context, to the film’s slave master (played by Leonard DiCaprio) using racial slurs in the film and not being deemed a racist.

This is in light of West making multiple comments that were criticised as anti-Semitic over the past few weeks, which he has continually denied were racist. In the same interview with Morgan, the rapper offered something of an “apology” to those whom he’d offended with his comments.

Quentin Tarantino on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards 2020. Credit: Getty

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In the end, West’s ‘Gold Digger’ music video had nothing to do with slavery and instead featured pin-up girls posing for fictitious magazine covers.

Django: Unchained grossed more than $425million (£380million) worldwide at the box office against its $100million (£88.4 million) and became Tarantino’s most commercially successful film.

In other Ye news, luxury fashion house Balenciaga has cut ties with the star over his recent social media comments.

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As WWD reports, a photo of West walking the runway has been removed from the website.

Balenciaga is not the first company West has been associated with to terminate a relationship with him. Last week, JPMorgan Chase confirmed that they had “decided to end its banking relationship with Yeezy, LLC and its affiliated entities”.

Kanye West. CREDIT: Edward Berthelot/GC Images

Elsewhere, Music News reports that officials from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) have written an open letter to Adidas, asking them to reconsider releasing products from West’s Yeezy footwear line. They have urged the sports brand to prove that they have not given his “antisemitism a pass”.

“We urge Adidas to reconsider supporting the Ye product line and to issue a statement making clear that the Adidas company and community has no tolerance whatsoever for antisemitism,” they wrote.

West has been widely condemned for his recent slew of antisemitic comments, which have resulted in him being banned from both Instagram and Twitter. Celebrities such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Silverman and David Schwimmer have taken to social media to speak out against him, as have politicians and other organisations such as the Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance.

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However, West has refused to apologise for his remarks, telling Piers Morgan in a recent interview that he purposely made the comments to spur on animosity. 

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Howard Stern compares Kanye West to Hitler

Stern called out Ye’s recent behaviour during the October 19 episode of his SiriusXM radio show.

Listen to his full response to Ye’s comments below.

“I almost don’t want to give any energy to this Kanye West character,” Stern said. “I don’t know much about Kanye West. I’m not big into the rap scene, but, he is, you know — I’m really tired of people excusing his behaviour, by saying, ‘Well, he’s just mentally ill.’”

The radio host continued: “Kanye was on the Chris Cuomo show, and good lord, you gotta hear the shit this guy’s into and fuck this mental illness, self defense thing that he’s into, you know, like, ‘Oh yeah, he’s just mentally ill. Don’t worry about it…’ If he’s so mentally ill, why don’t they appoint a conservator over his money like they did with the poor Britney Spears?”

Stern went on to commend those in the media who have called out West, “exposing him.” He also played a clip of West and Cuomo’s discussion where the rapper blamed the “Jewish underground media mafia” for how he’s perceived in the press, and why he isn’t seen as a billionaire tycoon.

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“Guess what, douchebag? When they write about me, they call me the shock jock,” Stern said in reference to Ye’s comments. “You don’t have control over — You are a rapper. That is what you are. That’s how you became famous.”

Kanye West. CREDIT: Edward Berthelot/GC Images

He added: “If a newspaper article doesn’t point out the fact that you’re some sort of designer or genius, maybe that’s not because they’re Jewish, but maybe because they just don’t put that much thought into who the fuck you are and what your business is.”

Meanwhile, West accused Piers Morgan of being “a Karen” during a recent interview. While appearing on Piers Morgan Uncensored this week, West was repeatedly challenged by the host over his antisemitic comments, prompting West to say: “You don’t hold accountability to my pain. You’re being a Karen.”

Yesterday (October 19), West‘s most recent record label, Universal Music Group, shared a statement denouncing antisemitism.

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Cardi B talks working with Kanye West on ‘Hot Shit’: “He’s such an amazing, sweet person”

“Kanye gave me this verse a couple of months ago when he was just all over the media, because of all of the things that were going on,” Cardi told Lowe. “I like how his verse, it’s personal, but it’s not that personal.”

“I’m so happy that he gave me this verse,” she added. “And I had a lot of conversations with Kanye West. I learned so much about him and he’s such an amazing, sweet person. I’ve been feeling like, I wish a lot of people have conversations with him so they could just see the real … the him.”

During the chat, Cardi also revealed that ‘Hot Shit’ was first recorded in 2019, but she felt it needed a male feature.

“I did not know which male artist to put on this record because this has a certain type of beat that I feel like only certain artists could freak it,” she said.

She secured her verse from West before approaching Lil Durk at the suggestion of her record label, with the rapper handing over his part in a day.

“I feel like Durk verse is really street,” she said. “I see almost Bronx kids listening to his verse. And then when Kanye verse come in, you see people that are more into that money, that grown shit.”

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The track is another taste of the rapper’s forthcoming album, following ‘WAP’ and ‘Up’. In December last year, she said she planned on releasing the record in 2022, and has since cited “technical difficulties” as the reason for its delay.

It’ll mark the follow-up to her 2018 debut LP ‘Invasion of Privacy’, which earned her a Grammy for Best Rap Album.

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Kanye West and Drake reunion was supposed to be “blueprint” for rappers ending feuds

“So he seen that, just talking to ’em, knew that we had a relationship with Kanye and then with Drake through J,” Hoover Jr. said about his father’s thoughts on the rappers feuding. “He seen them guys was at odds and he would hear about other artists and stuff, you know what I mean, killing each other and going to jail over back-and-forth nonsense. So he was just saying, ain’t there something y’all could do to try to bring them together?”

Kanye West, Kenny Burns and Drake in 2015 CREDIT: Prince Williams

Hoover Jr. also discussed both Drake and Kanye’s status as “the biggest artists in the world”. He added, “We put our efforts there and brought ’em together hoping that it would be a blueprint for the other artists to try to follow to look and see, like, if these guys can bring it together and put they differences aside and make money and enjoy life, maybe some other people will follow suit.”

“There are way too many of these guys out here, you know, feeling like they’re living the gangster life when they should be living the millionaire life and they dying and losing everything when they just get to that position,” he said. “They should be enjoying and bringing other people up instead of going to jail and dying and their friends dying. I thought they became entertainers to get out the street. That’s what it’s supposed to have been about.”

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar recently wrote in a new song that he was “confused” by West and Drake‘s reunion last year.

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Lamar released his long-awaited, 73-minute fifth studio album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ in May. On the track ‘Father Time’ – which features Sampha – he briefly shares his thoughts on West and Drake’s unlikely reconciliation.

“Daddy issues kept me competitive, that’s a fact, n***a / I don’t give a fuck what’s the narrative, I am that n***a / When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused / Guess I’m not as mature as I think, got some healin’ to do,” Lamar raps in the cut.

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Kanye West and XXXTentacion’s ‘True Love’ to get proper release this week

Set to land on all streaming platforms, ‘True Love’ will also feature on XXXTentacion’s ‘Look at Me: The Album’, which is yet to get a release date.

The cover art for the single was designed by West and features handwritten notes from XXXTentacion, which come from a journal discovered by the late rapper’s mother. The notes include: “Am I supposed to pretend to be heartless?”, “Love love love”, and “A feeling you just can’t explain”.

“TRUE LOVE”
YE & XXXTENTACION
27/05 pic.twitter.com/MT5Ah1PO8F

— Ye Brasil (@kanyewestBR) May 23, 2022

XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was killed in a shooting aged 20 as he left a car dealership in Miami, Florida in June 2018.

Following his death, the rapper’s estate has continued to release his music posthumously, including the albums ‘Skins’ and ‘Bad Vibes Forever’ released in 2019.

In a three-star review of ‘Bad Vibes Forever’, NME wrote: “[It’s] better than ‘Skins’, the first XXXTentacion album released after the rapper’s death, but all of his posthumous music to date has fallen short. Even if you do hate XXXTentacion, you cannot deny his influence on modern rap. But ‘Bad Vibes Forever’ is a serious case of over-embellishing thin material.”

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Meanwhile, Kanye West recently returned to Instagram to post a redesign that he’s worked on for what appears to be a new collaboration with McDonald’s.

The rapper and producer has collaborated with Muji industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa for the redesign of a burger box, seemingly previewing the first of several reimaginings for the global fast food chain.

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Watch Pete Davidson joke about Kanye West “pulling a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’”

Elsewhere in the set, Davidson asked “does anyone else secretly Kanye pulls a Mrs Doubtfire?” referencing Robin Williams’ 1993 film where the actor disguises himself as a Scottish housekeeper to see his children during a bitter divorce. “I come home one day and they’re like ‘this is the new housekeeper’. He’s like “what’s up fam?’”

Davidson also spoke about his friend Jack Harlow appearing on Kanye West’s ‘DONDA‘. “People ask does that bother me? No. He’s a rapper, that’s his field. That’s what they do” explained Davidson. “That doesn’t hurt my feelings. It would hurt my feelings if I saw (comedian) Bill Burr at Sunday Service.”

It comes after repeated attacks from Kanye West. Earlier this year his video for ‘Eazy’ saw the rapper kidnap and kill a claymated version of Davidson. The track also features the line “God saved me from that crash / Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.

Though he initially kept quiet on the matter, Davidson responded to West’s attacks a few days after the second ‘Eazy’ video landed, writing to the rapper in a text: “I’ve decided I’m not gonna let you treat us like this anymore and I’m done being quiet.”

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At the end of Davidson’s sets at Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, Machine Gun Kelly – a close friend, former housemate and longtime collaborator of the comedian – came onstage to perform a surprise three-song set. The pair duetted on the ‘Mainsteam Sellout’ cut ‘Ay!’, while MGK performed ‘Candy’ and ‘Make Up Sex’ by himself.

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Kid Cudi says new Pusha T track will be the last time he raps with Kanye West

“Hey! So I know some of you heard about the song I got w Pusha. I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye,” Cudi wrote on Twitter. “I am not cool w that man. He’s not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye -Scott.”

Hey! So I know some of you heard about the song I got w Pusha. I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye. I am not cool w that man. He's not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye -Scott

— The Chosen One : I 💖 YOU FRESHIE 4EVER (@KidCudi) April 19, 2022

Back in February, West announced that Cudi would not be appearing on his latest album, ‘Donda 2’, because of his friendship with Saturday Night Live‘s Davidson.

“Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who,” West wrote in a letter posted to his socials. “You know who” appeared to refer to Davidson.

“We all speak in Billie language now,” the note also said – seemingly a reference to Billie Eilish, who West recently called on to apologise to Travis Scott after he thought she had dissed the Houston rapper onstage.

Cudi responded to West on Twitter, saying the pair had “talked weeks ago about this”. “You’re whack for flipping the script and posting this lie just for a look on the internet,” he tweeted. “You ain’t no friend. BYE.”

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He also commented on Ye’s post, writing: “Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u fuckin dinosaur hahaha everyone knows I’ve been the best thing about ur albums since I met u. ima pray u for brother.”

Last month Kid Cudi shared a new track called ‘Stars In The Sky’ – you can listen to it here.

The upbeat, synth-driven song was recorded for the soundtrack to Sonic The Hedgehog 2, which arrived in cinemas on April 8.

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Coachella 2022 fans are “bummed” about Kanye West dropping from line-up, “excited” for other headliners

“I feel like he’s dealing with some demons and anyone who needs support, we should give them that grace,” Emma McCardell, a 26-year-old attendee from Seattle, Washington said when asked about Kanye’s drop from the line-up. “If people need space, let them have their space.”

CREDIT: J Basjsel Courtesy of Coachella

Her partner, James who is also 26, shared in that sentiment. “It sucks that it was so last minute, but it feels like we’re watching him go through the worst moment of his life which is super weird because he’s such an outspoken guy.”

Both fans bought their tickets before seeing the line-up and were excited to see Phoebe Bridgers, Vince Staples, Denzel Curry, and Billie Eilish.

“She’s such a performer, and she cares so deeply about her music,” Emma said of Eilish. “I’m really excited to see it happen.”

As far as who they would’ve gone with for Sunday night’s closeout set, James said the “Silk Sonic rumours” had gotten him really excited, before adding that Elton John would’ve also been a great pick “for the history”.

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Fans attend Coachella 2022 CREDIT: G Noire Courtesy of Coachella

Dan Flynn, a 23-year-old attendee from New Port Beach, said he “really liked” that Kanye pulled himself from the line-up, adding that he’d “prefer to see someone whose along the lines of EDM music”.

His friend, 25-year-old Evan Clark of Los Angeles, agreed. “As much as we love Kanye West, I feel like he was going to pull out the whole time,” he said. “Old Kanye is not new Kanye. Hopefully, Swedish House Mafia fills his boots.”

Clark also said that he thought Goldenvoice, the producers of Coachella, missed out on the opportunity to bring out “an old school rock and roll band” before saying: “my new vote is AC/DC to replace Kanye.”

Coachella Festival 2022 CREDIT: L Gerber courtesy of Coachella

Another attendee called Jane Marshall from Los Angeles said that she was “bummed” at first that Ye was dropped from the line-up but also felt like he needed to “sit down” because of his recent remarks.

She also remarked, however, that after watching the Netflix documentary Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, she’d had renewed “respect for Kanye as an artist” and felt like she was “missing out” on not seeing him.

Although Marshall mentioned she wasn’t too excited about The Weeknd headlining since she’d seen him play multiple times in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, she was excited about Megan Thee Stallion‘s set, although she felt the Houston-born rapper should have actually topped the festival’s bill.

Nima Chetlany, from San Francisco, was “pretty bummed” when Kanye pulled out, ” because she’s a fan even though he’s somewhat questionable.” She would’ve preferred a Tame Impala or Frank Ocean, headline, however, as opposed to Swedish House Mafia, or at the least, The Weeknd take the stage by himself.

The Coachella 2022 weekend has been filled with surprise guests and performances. Arcade Fire played a secret set on the first day of the festival, performing tracks from upcoming new album ‘WE’, due out next month.

Harry Styles headlined the night and was joined on stage by Shania Twain, who performed her hits ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ and ‘You’re Still The One’.

During his 18-song set, Styles gave a live debut to record-breaking comeback single ‘As It Was’ as well as live debuts to new tracks called ‘Boyfriends’ and ‘Late Night Talking’.

Carly Rae Jepsen also debuted a brand new track called ‘Western Wind’, which she had been teasing for the past few weeks; Justin Bieber teamed up with Daniel Caesar for a performance of their collaborative single ‘Peaches’.

Friday also saw Phoebe Bridgers joined by Arlo Parks for two songs during her set, while Saturday’s proceedings were headlined by Billie Eilish, who was joined onstage by Damon Albarn for a two-song cameo.

Check back at NME all weekend for more reviews, news, interviews, photos and more from Coachella 2022.

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Kanye West doesn’t think The Game should have made Dr. Dre ‘Drink Champs’ comment

The rapper’s remark garnered all types of reaction online and sparked a debate on who of the two producers actually did more for him.

The latest guest to appear on Drink Champs is Snoop Dogg, who has worked with both The Game and Dr. Dre. During his interview, N.O.R.E. brought up the comments made by The Game.

Before taking Snoop’s opinion on it, the show’s co-host revealed that he showed West the specific clip and he responded by saying: “I don’t think Game should’ve said that.”

Snoop then said that he can’t agree or disagree with The Game’s opinion. “That’s his personal experience,” Snoop said. “Kanye could’ve shown him something, Dre not really good at showing you nothing. He’s basically good at bringing your talents to light, to where it’s about you not what he do for you.

He added: “I couldn’t answer that, but Game is my little homie so I respect everything he say and do.”

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Meanwhile, Kanye West has made his debut on Forbes’ billionaire list alongside Rihanna and JAY-Z.

According to the annual list, Rihanna has now become the world’s richest female musician with a net worth of $1.7billion (£1.3billion), largely thanks to her Fenty Beauty business and Savage X Fenty lingerie line.

She sits at number 1,729 on the worldwide list of richest billionaires, with JAY-Z following at 2,076 with a net worth of $1.4billion (£1.1billion). West sits higher than both of them at 1,513 with a net worth of $2billion (£1.5billion).

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