After a week of controversial Twitter postings and comments. Kanye West has defended his support of the US president in a new song. West tweeted Wednesday that he and Trump “are both dragon energy. He is my brother.” However, West noted he doesn’t “agree with everything anyone does” and couched his defiance as an exercise in independent thought.
The ‘Dragon Energy’
Speaking on his reactivated Twitter feed earlier this week, West called Trump “my brother”. He also said they shared the same “dragon energy”. But he later added: “I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.” Meanwhile, West has come in for criticism from fellow musicians, including his friend, John Legend these past few days. Legend, through a private text message, pleaded with the rapper not let his support for Trump tarnish his “legacy”.
However, fellow Chicagoan, Chance The Rapper rose to West’s defense, saying “Black people don’t have to be Democrats.” But after President Trump praised his comments, the rapper immediately issued a clarification. “I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination.” he wrote. “Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement and I can’t sit by and let that happen.”
Is Trump Returning The Love?
With all the heat around Kanye West’s tweets. Nonetheless, the president has seized upon this rare, A-list endorsement and tweeted his approval. The White House pounced on West’s praise. “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” Trump tweeted Wednesday. West famous meeting with Trump in December 2016 at Trump Tower during then-President-elect’s transition period also generated intense backlash from West’s fans.
Kanye West New Song, “Ye vs. The People” with T.I
Kanye West has doubled down on his support for Donald Trump, releasing a new song. The song released days of mounting controversy over his outspoken backing of the President. The track features West debating Tip “T.I.” Harris, the Atlanta-based, Grammy-winning rapper who’s been an outspoken critic of police brutality and is no Trump fan.
The track “Ye vs. The People.” sees the star trading lyrics with fellow-rapper T.I., who takes him to task over his support of Donald Trump. The song opens with Kanye rapping the lyric: “I know Obama was Heaven sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president,”. T.I. returns fire “You representin’ dudes who seem crude and cold-hearted,” argues T.I., adding that West is emboldening “white supremacy”. But the star stands his ground, insisting that he’s “fighting for the people”.
The track plays out like a political debate between Kanye and T.I., touching on police brutality, president Trump, and Obama. He debuted the track tonight on Power 106 on April 27. At another point, West says, “Make America Great Again had a negative reception/I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction.”. “You gotta see the vantage point of the people,” spits back T.I. “What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil.”
After “Lift Yourself,” “Ye vs. the People” is Kanye’s first new song since 2016’s The Life of Pablo”. However, There’s been speculation that West’s Trump endorsements might just be publicity, trolling or some mix of the two, and both “Lift Yourself” and “Ye Vs. The People”. But we can say the exchange of views seems genuine. The two sides didn’t really come to a conclusion. West ends by saying, “Why don’t we let the people talk?”