Kanye West’s downfall: These firms have dropped him

In early October, Ye, the rap artist and mogul also called Kanye West, posed throughout Paris Vogue Week in a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt. He then launched into a long-running litany of conspiracy-minded and antisemitic remarks. Because of this, a number of companies and others affiliated with Ye have been slicing ties with him.

Right here’s a operating checklist of entities which have just lately left Ye within the mud — and one the place he ended the deal first.


In mid-September, earlier than the entire Paris Vogue Week debacle and after taking pictures on the retail firm on Instagram, Ye gave discover to Hole that he was terminating their contract.

“Notably, Gap does not dispute that it has failed for over two years to sell a single Product in a single Gap store, including any of its 500+ stories in America,” the discover West shared on Instagram stated. “Nor does Gap dispute that it has failed for over two years to open a single dedicated store anywhere in the world.”

Instagram and Twitter

The 2 social media firms suspended Ye on Oct. 10 after a collection of antisemitic posts that included an Instagrammed display screen shot of a textual content dialog with Sean “Diddy” Combs the place Ye accused Diddy of being managed by Jewish individuals. On Twitter, the rapper threatened through Twitter to “go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” fumbling the “DEFCON” label of the US’ defense-condition readiness alert system.

Each firms stated that they had eliminated offensive content material posted by Ye and had restricted his accounts. The period of the restrictions is unknown.

JPMorgan Chase

Conservative pundit Candace Owens, who posed in a “White Lives Matter” shirt with Ye in Paris, tweeted Oct. 12 that Ye had been “kicked out” by JPMorgan Chase Financial institution. She included a redacted letter with the topic line “IMPORTANT: Closing of Our Banking Relationship.”

“I was told there was no official reason given, but they sent this letter as well to confirm that he has until late November to find another place for the Yeezy empire to bank,” Owens wrote.

Def Jam

Ye had a 10-album contract with Def Jam that was fulfilled after the discharge of “Donda” in August 2021. An individual conversant in the deal confirmed to The Instances on Oct. 16 that the rapper is now a free agent. The label can also be reportedly not distributing releases from the rapper’s Getting Out Our Desires (G.O.O.D.) imprint.

It stays unsure whether or not any main recording firm, a few of that are publicly traded, would take West after his latest outbursts — even along with his string of 10 consecutive No. 1 albums. He may at all times launch his subsequent effort with no report firm’s backing, like he did in February with “Donda 2,” obtainable solely through his $200 Stem streaming gizmo.


The design home, which had West strolling in its Paris Vogue Week present a day earlier than his “White Lives Matter” vogue assertion, lower ties with him on Oct. 21. Balenciaga and its inventive director, Demna, collaborated with and impressed West up to now, and “engineered” his Yeezy Hole collaboration.

“Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,” the model’s mother or father agency, Kering, stated in a short assertion.


The Instances reported Oct. 24 that expertise company CAA ended its relationship with Ye this month following his latest antisemitic outbursts in varied interviews. CAA had represented the rapper just for touring, and he hadn’t toured since signing with them in 2016.

Individually, Ari Emanuel, chief government of expertise company WME, known as for Spotify and Apple to de-platform West. He urged Adidas to finish its relationship with Ye and known as on Parler to not promote the platform to the performer.

“Those who continue to do business with West are giving his misguided hate an audience,” Emanuel wrote in an Oct. 19 opinion piece within the Monetary Instances. “There should be no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism.”


Shortly after CAA’s transfer went public, movie and tv manufacturing firm MRC declared it could shelve a accomplished documentary about West quite than distribute it.

“We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform,” MRC executives stated in an announcement on Oct. 24. “The silence from leaders and corporations when it comes to Kanye or antisemitism in general is dismaying but not surprising. What is new and sad, is the fear Jews have about speaking out in their own defense.”


Ye’s statements at his Paris Vogue Week present and instantly after unnerved Adidas, which has collaborated on the Yeezy shoe assortment and confronted strain on social media and elsewhere. The corporate issued an announcement later that week, saying, “After repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have taken the decision to place the partnership under review.”

The rapper-entrepreneur responded on Instagram, writing, “F— ADIDAS I AM ADIDAS ADIDAS RAPED AND STOLE MY DESIGNS.”

Then Adidas introduced Oct. 25 that it had ended its relationship with Ye after a “thorough review” of the connection. It stated it could instantly cease manufacturing of its line of Yeezy merchandise and cease funds to Ye and his firms. It expects to take a success of as much as $246 million to its web earnings this 12 months from the transfer.

In a while Oct. 25, Foot Locker introduced that it was pulling Yeezys from its gross sales flooring and asking workers to carry them in shops’ backrooms pending additional instruction, based on Footwear Information.

Jaylen Brown and Aaron Donald / Donda Sports activities

Boston Celtics star ahead Brown was one of many big-name athletes who signed with West’s advertising and marketing company, Donda Sports activities. On Oct. 24, he denounced Ye’s antisemitic feedback however stated he was sticking with the company. The following day, he had modified his thoughts.

“I now recognize that there are times when my voice and my position can’t coexist in spaces that don’t correspond with my stance or my values. And, for that reason, I am terminating my association with Donda Sports,” he stated in a statement.

Donald, of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, adopted quickly after.

“The recent comments and displays of hate and antisemitism are the exact opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children…,” he and his spouse, Erica, stated in a statement. “As parents and members of society, we felt a responsibility to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we must do better as human beings.”

Instances workers writers Anousha Sakoui and Wendy Lee and the Related Press contributed to this text.