Kanye West, T.I. release song debating West’s Trump support
Rappers Kanye West and T.I. have released a song debating West’s announcement of his support for President Trump this week, a move that caused divisions within the music and broader entertainment industries.
The two released “Ye vs. the People” hours after West released a track on his own social media that included lines from past tweets in support of the president.
In the new song, which reportedly debuted Friday on Los Angeles radio station Power 106, West and T.I. debate West’s support for Trump, as well as his frustration over perceived pressure for African-Americans to be Democrats.
“Make America Great Again had a negative reception. I took it, wore it, rocked it gave it a new direction. Added empathy, care and love and affection, and y’all simply questionin’ my methods,” West raps in the song.
“This shit is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you,” responds T.I. in his own verse.
“You wore a dusty-ass hat to represent the same views. As white supremacy, man, we expect better from you. All them times you sounded crazy, we defended you, homie, not just to be let down when we depend on you, homie,” he continues.
West rocketed into the political sphere this week with a series of tweets in support of Trump, including one showing West’s signed “Make America Great Again” hat.
Trump himself responded, writing that the musician “performed a great service to the Black Community.”
“Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades – Legacy Stuff!” Trump tweeted.
In another exchange, the musician wrote that he and Trump are “brothers” who share “dragon energy.”
“We are both dragon energy. He is my brother,” West tweeted.
Trump responded, tweeting that it was “very cool!”
West’s political views are no secret, and in 2016 he told a crowd at a California concert that if he had voted that year, it would have been for Trump.
“I said something that was kind of politically correct,” West said during a concert in San Jose, Calif. “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?”
“What I didn’t tell you. … If I were to have voted, I would have voted on Trump,” West added, receiving a mix of boos and cheers.
Trump and Kanye met in New York after Trump won the election in 2016, but the White House said this week that they haven’t met lately.
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