(AllHipHop News) YouTube is preparing to release its own streaming music platform on May 22. The company's Global Music Head Lyor Cohen is making the rounds to promote the new service.
While speaking with Rolling Stone, Cohen was also asked about the infamous Twitter picture of him, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge, and Kanye West. The photo made headlines because it features Kanye wearing the controversial, Donald Trump-supporting "Make America Great Again" hat.
"First of all, I adore Kanye. He was instrumental to Def Jam Recordings and I don’t abandon people. The responsibility to the artist community is so critical – if we keep focused on the artist and the consumers, we’re going to have a very successful time," said Cohen. "Our responsibility is like I said, to connect artists and people most likely to enjoy their music. If we can do that, the consumer wins and the artist wins."
In an interview with Pitchfork, the veteran music industry executive expressed he did not know Ye was going to post the pic to social media. He also stated, "I don’t love [Kanye's] politics but I was really impressed with the music. I think he’s doing himself a disservice by not leading with the music.”
Cohen also caught heat for using a hand sign that's supposedly connected to the Alt-Right and white nationalism. The 300 Entertainment founder claimed he did not know about the alleged linkage between the symbol and white supremacy.