Monday 23 September 2019

Kanye West addresses Trump controversy on new track Ye VS. The People

The unusual lyrics of another track teased on the rapper’s website have caused a stir among fans.

Kanye West shared another unusual song via Twitter (PA)
Kanye West shared another unusual song via Twitter (PA)

By Sam Blewett, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Kanye West has released a politically-charged new song, in which he raps about Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

Ye VS. The People, his first new music since 2016’s Life Of Pablo, was aired on Los Angeles hip-hop station Power 106 FM on Friday night.

It came shortly after West earned praise from the US president, and criticism from many others, for his signs of support on Twitter.

In the track, West says: “I know Obama was heaven-sent but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president.”

The US rapper goes on to add: “See that’s the problem with this damn nation, all blacks gotta be Democrats, man we ain’t even made it off the plantation.”

West, in the song featuring rapper T.I., also seems to address his hat expressing Mr Trump’s isolationist slogan, Make America Great Again.

“I never, ever stop fighting for the people, actually wearing a hat to show people that we equal,” he raps.

He teased more music on his website, with a song called Lift Yourself, but fans were unsure whether the track featuring lyrics sounding like “scooptity doop, scoop dadee doop, scoop dadadi poop” was genuine or an attempt to “troll” fans.

Representatives for 40-year-old West are yet to return a request for clarity.

West raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he sent a flurry of since-deleted tweets criticising former president Mr Obama and supporting his “brother” Mr Trump.

“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy,” West wrote.

“He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

“Thank you Kanye, very cool!” Mr Trump replied to West on Twitter.

The US president went on to praise the rapper for having “good taste” in an interview.

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