- On the DJ Akademiks podcast, Adin Ross revealed the details of his correspondence with Ye.
- Ross said he was initially excited to have Ye on his stream.
- He said Ye thought he was an “enemy” after Ross sent him messages about the Jewish community.
YouTuber Adin Ross took to DJ Akademiks’ podcast “Off the Record” to describe the phone call with Kanye West that made him decide not to invite the musician to speak on his channel.
The 22-year-old influencer said he first connected with West, who recently changed his legal name to Ye, after the rapper sent him a message on Instagram. The two spoke on the phone for 30 minutes, Ross told Akademiks.
Ross, who has 3 million and 7 million followers on YouTube and Twitch, respectively, said he was excited at first to have West on his stream.
Before white nationalist Nick Fuentes announced that Ross would interview West, the musician had recently drawn widespread condemnation for his volatile appearance on right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars show, in which he praised Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. West has also previously posted several anti-Semitic rants online and drawn ridicule for a number of other controversies, including the false claim that George Floyd died from fentanyl.
“Come on my stream, we’re gonna do crazy numbers bro, at least 400-500,000 live viewers for sure,” Ross said he told West on the phone. “We’re breaking the internet.”
After the call, Ross said he texted West at one point, which likely led him to believe Ross “was an enemy,” he said. Ross said he told West he was Jewish and to “come to whoever you come to directly” rather than his entire community.
“I can’t put out my platform and say a bunch of crap about Jews,” Ross told Allen.
The texts prompted another phone call from West, said Ross, who was more ardent now.
“He called me and basically said, ‘Yeah, you know, you Jews aren’t going to tell me what I can and can’t say,'” Ross said.
Ross told Allen that the two had not spoken since and the interview never took place.
Ross, who did not respond to Insider’s request for comment, has a history of influencer platforms with controversies such as iShowSpeed, which was banned from Twitch for “sexual coercion or bullying” and misogynist self-help guru Andrew Tate.