"I Love Kanye" is not just a song found in the middle of The Life of Pablo. It is a testimony showing how much Kanye West has changed since his 2004 solo debut and that he is aware that fans truly "miss the old Kanye." Last night, the artist proved how far deep he has fallen in the celebrity bubble when he admitted to fans that while he didn't vote in this year's election, he would've voted for Donald Trump.
"Rappers are philosophers of our now, celebrities are the influencers of our now, just look at the president, he wasn't in politics and won," Kanye reportedly told the crowd at his San Jose, CA concert. The artist who proclaimed he plans to run for president in 2020 didn't even cast his ballot for one of the most important elections of our generation. His latest antic is not just an embarrassment to fans like myself who have been committed to him for over a decade, it is yet another blow to us as a Black community.
The San Jose, Calif. concert moment got even worse when the rapper boldly stated, "Specifically to Black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, okay? Let's stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It's just a fucking fact." How dare you, as a Black man with mixed children, tell your fellow people to stop fighting and protecting our kind when we're continuously being murdered just for wearing a hoodie, selling single cigarettes or simply walking down the street.
Kanye West is the same man who told us "racism still alive, they just be concealing it" in 2004 on the College Dropout cut "Never Let Me Down." This is the same man who proudly said "George Bush doesn't care about Black people" on live television. This is the same man whose father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther. This is the same man who spit profound bars next to big brother Jay Z on Watch the Throne's "Murder to Excellence." This is the same man who was hurt when the fashion world didn't accept him not only because of his inexperience, but because he is Black. This is the same man who had the nerve to recently help celebrate Cameron Sterling's 16th birthday, the son of police brutality victim Alton Sterling. How dare you?
Kanye West has previously shown that he's sinking deeper and deeper into the dark, white world of Hollywood. But after this statement of supporting Trump, how many more passes will we as fans give him? It doesn't matter how incredible the music is if the person making it shows that he couldn't care less about your views.
Below, watch an episode of Fuse's original series The Kanye Effect that shows his mastery of the media: