YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen met recently with Pitchfork to discuss a number of topics related to the video site’s new music streaming service. During the discussion, he addressed his controversial picture with Kanye West, which first appeared on West’s Twitter.
The image in question featured Cohen alongside Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and West himself. In it, Cohen can be seen making an “OK” hand gesture, which President Donald Trump often makes while speaking publically, leading to its adoption by members of the Alt-Right. Since the initial tweet, both Cohen and West have explained how and why the snap came to be.
While West has argued that he wore the hat to “fight for equality,” Cohen’s recent comments reveal an alternative version of events.
“We were [in Calabasas] because Kanye wanted to play us some music. I was on the way to the restroom and there was Lucian and Kanye was coming out, and he said, ‘Oh wow, we’re all together. Let’s take a photo,’” he told the website. “I thought he was going to take a photo and send it to Lucian and myself. I had no idea that he was going to put that on social media.”
He later added, “I don’t love his politics, but I was really impressed with the music. I think he’s doing himself a disservice by not leading with the music.”
As per West’s tweets, the rapper is set to release his new album on June 1, with potential collaborations mooted with Travis Scott, Nas, and Kid Cudi. While details are still thin on the ground, we’ve broken down everything there is to know about the record so far here.
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