Cole Bennett Recalls Rejecting Kanye West's Ideas For "Mixed Personalities" Video

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Cole Bennett of Lyrical Lemonade performs onstage during day 2 of the Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Cole Bennett said he had a "texting war" with Ye ahead of the release of YNW Melly's "Mixed Personalities."

Cole Bennett emerged as the go-to director of the Soundcloud era to directing videos for the biggest stars in the name. Eminem and Kanye West are among those that he's worked with over the years but it seems like the latter posed a few difficulties along the way. The two worked together for Melly's "Mixed Personalities" shoot. In an interview with Full Send Podcast, Bennett explained that Ye hit him up at the last minute to change the color palette of the visual.

Rapper Kanye West attends a game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter at Arena on March 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

"Kanye hits me the night it's supposed to drop -- the night before -- and he's like, 'let's make the video black and white,'" Bennett explained. Aaron Steinberg asked if they got into a "texting war" to which Bennett replied, "Yeah. I wish I still had the texts. However, he still provided a diplomatic response to the Yeezy creator.

"I said we have to think about Melly here. It's his song at the end of the day. It's his vision. He's also not here to have an input on it. So I really think we should follow the initial vision that we all had," Bennett recalled. "He's like, 'that doesn't match my color palette,' but he was on set the whole time and this is what he told me the night before it dropped. But, it's something you expect when you work with someone like Kanye and I really appreciated it because, like I said, that self-integrity element of knowing what he likes and what's true to, you know, his artistry."

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