Kanye West Dropped by ‘Donda 2’ Stem Player Company

Kanye West‘s business portfolio has suffered another blow as the company behind Stem Player used to publish Donna 2 have terminated their relationship.

According to Los Angeles TimesKano, the tech company behind Stem Player has already released new versions of the device which are now open for any artist to upload their music.

“I told Kanye not to go down the path he’s on,” said company co-founder and CEO Alex Klein. “We have told him that we are unable to work together while he spouts racial conspiracy theories. There is no deal in place.”

Ye made waves when he announced that instead of distributing his 11th studio album through traditional models, Donna 2 would only be made available through Stem Player, which he promoted as his “own platform.”

The idea was to allow fans to customize tracks with the ability to control drums, vocals, bass, samples and more. But fans probably didn’t expect Donna 2 only being available through that format – and apparently not Apple either, which canceled Ye’s sponsorship deal in response to the release notice in February.

Kano went on to sell 100,000 units Donna 2 preloaded Stem Player which sold for $200. To date, Klein reports that the device has been used to remix over a billion plays of songs, 90% of which have nothing to do with Ye.

While Ye’s recent anti-Semitic comments were the ultimate factor in Kano breaking up with the rapper, Klein said there had been issues since the beginning of their relationship.

“Unfortunately, Kanye didn’t want to allow other musical artists onto the platform,” he explained. “This was a disagreement that we had trouble resolving.”

Kanye West responded to Klein’s reluctance to prevent other artists from accessing the platform by offering to buy Kano, which specializes in highly customizable tech products.

Before sharing his company’s decision with LA TimesAlex Klein opened up about his ongoing conversations with Kanye West on various online platforms.

He first revealed on Save your that Ye “tried to call me a racist when I gently told him that it was not good for him or Stem to attack an entire race of people.” Earlier this month, Klein went into more detail during a Disagreement chat.

“Good engineering is about having correct information and acting on it,” he wrote. “At the end of the day, as long as what flows through Ye is hatred against a particular ethnic group… it will be very difficult for us to collaborate creatively.”

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Unfortunately, Alex Klein and his company will remain tied to Kanye West in at least one area: Ye and Kano have been named as co-defendants in two copyright infringement lawsuits linked to samples shown on Donna 2.

A lawsuit, filed on behalf of artist Marshall Jefferson, claims that Ye’s “Flowers” contains an unauthorized sample of the 1986 house music hit “Move Your Body.” The second lawsuit was filed by Phase One Network – which oversees Boogie Down Productions – the catalog – of the unlicensed use of “South Bronx” by KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock.

The sample of the hip-hop classic appears on “Life of the party“, with Andrew 3000.

The song more prominently samples The Dramatics’ 1975 song “I Was the Life of the Party” as well as excerpts from Biggie‘Hypnotize’, Herb & the Spices’ “Cannibal Cutie” and a viral video of DMX comforted his daughter while on a trip to the amusement park.

Ye’s loss of the deal with Kano is just the latest in the company’s backlash from comments made via social media and in interviews on platforms including Piers Morgan uncensored and Drink Champs. The latter was considered so inflammatory that REVOLT chose to do so pull the interview from all platforms within less than 24 hours of the premiere.

Other companies publicly distancing themselves from Kanye West include JP Morgan ChaseGAP, adidas, Balenciaga and his talent agency Creative Artists Agency.

With Forbes estimates $1.5 billion of Ye’s net worth from the adidas deal alone, and the loss of these recent deals cost the Chicago rapper his billionaire status. He is now worth an estimated $400 million.

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