"I hate that my name was dragged into this Drunk Champs bulls**t," the 53-year-old tweeted on Tuesday, October 19. "I don't know what Ye meant by his statements, you're gonna have to ask him. I didn't put the batteries in his back. Please leave my name out of all the antisemitic talk. I'm not antisemitic and never have been."
During his appearance on "Drink Champs" that aired on Sunday, Ye claimed Cube has inspired him to be on "this anti-Semite vibe." He said in the interview, which video has since been taken down from the podcast's YouTube channel, "Cube's really set me up for this. You've really influenced me to get on this anti-Semite vibe." He added, "I'm here to finish the job."
While it's unclear what Ye was referring to, Cube did once call Jerry Heller a "white Jew" and a "devil" that should have a bullet in his "temple" during the song "No Vaseline". He was also criticized for posting antisemitic images on social media in 2020 and publicly backed Louis Farrakhan, who's considered a well-known anti-Semite.
"This is CUBE," he tweeted on June 10, 2020, after people questioned if the tweets were the work of a hacker. "My account has not been hacked. I speak for no organization. I only speak for the meek people of thee earth. We will not expect crumbles from your table. We have to power of almighty God backing us all over the earth. NO MORE TALKING. Repent."
Following Cube's denial that he inspired Ye's anti-Semitic remarks, social media had mixed feelings about it. "King Ice has spoken! Respect the King!" one fan reacted to Cube's tweet. Another wrote, "I can't blame him! Cube don't wanna be associated with that nonsense!"
Others refused to believe Cube, pointing out his bizarre tweets in 2020. "I'm sorry Cube, but I'm calling BS. I truly love you as an artist and I wanna believe you but I won't be gaslit," one critic said. Another remarked, "Are we just gonna act like he hasn't posted all kinds of crazy crap before?"