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Kanye West's new album cover has links to Nazi Germany

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Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West. (Shutterstock/Liam Goodner)

The cover art of Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign's new album "Vultures" has been accused of having links to Nazism.

The album's cover was debuted by Ty Dolla on Instagram on Tuesday.

The artwork used for the album is a piece by German painter Caspar David Friedrich titled “Paysage de tombes."

Adolf Hitler was a known admirer of Friedrich's work, which was also used to promote Nazi ideology, according to a 2004 book about Friedrich by William Vaughan.

According to Donda Times, the typography used on the cover of "Vultures" also has links to Nazism.

The lettering appears to be the same as that used by Norwegian black metal band Burzum on their own album covers.

Burzum were founded by infamous neo-nazi and convicted murderer Varg Vikernes.

West, who now legally goes as Ye, previously sampled one of Burzum's songs on his 2016 collaboration with Gucci Mane, "Pussy Print."

Ye's new album cover is just the latest example of the "Jesus Walks" rapper expressing ties to Nazism.

Last year, Ye made a series of public anti-semitic remarks, which included sharing a swastika on social media and praising Hitler in an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

West also claimed it to be “factually incorrect” that six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.

As a result of his remarks, Ye was temporarily banned from Twitter and a number of his business partners, most notably Adidas, ended their relationships with him.

Talent agency CAA also dropped Ye as a client and film and television studio MRC axed a planned documentary about him.

On the lead single of "Vultures," which Ye and Ty Dolla dropped last month, Ye addressed being labelled an antisemite.

"How I'm anti-Semitic? I just fucked a Jewish bitch," he raps on the second verse of the song.

Richard Hirschhaut, spokesperson for the American Jewish Committee, called Ye's lyrics "pathetic and sad" and said West's attempts to “fuel the flames of antisemitism and promote such bile to his millions of followers, especially at this fraught and dangerous time for the Jewish community, is unforgivable.”

Representatives for Ye and Ty Dolla did not immediately respond to Rising Rap's request for comment.


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