I’ve been a Kanye West fan ever since I heard “Through the Wire” on MTV’s Artists to Watch special. I loved every album he had put out, I defended every controversial incident he put on, I attended his concerts and loved every minute of it. Over the years, Kanye has shown that he’s anti Black in various forms. But nothing seemed clearer than when he shared that he continued to support Donald Trump (even though he didn’t vote), he rocked MAGA hat, believes Trump is trying to help the Black community, shared his platform with anti-black commentator Candace Owens, and last but not least, said “slavery was a choice.”
Of course, this outraged many people, including myself. I usually listen to every album Kanye release, but I never streamed ye or any of the other records he had a hand in, including Pusha T (DAYTONA), Nas (NASIR), the Kid Cudi joint album (KIDS SEE GHOSTS), and Teyana Taylor's (K.T.S.E.)(that’s a lie, I loved Teyana’s album). After months since his scandalous stream of statements and the expose of him distancing himself from the foundation he founded in his mother’s name Donda’s House, it’s interesting to see he decided to make an apology.
He appeared on Chicago’s Hip-Hop station 107.5 WGCI with this statement:
“The thing about being called crazy, the biggest stigma that has to be broken is that you instantly get written off. But you might be the only one who knows what they’re talking about. Also what I wanna say to everyone listening right now—I have never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully. And it’s not something for me to overly intellectualize. This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are—I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health. I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel. I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment. And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through.”
I see Kanye went to the Kardashian Acting School of fake apologies and crocodile tears. And his apology isn’t because he recognized he said something wrong, it’s because Ye realized he offended some people. He also went on to complain that he didn’t realize the Black community loved him as much as they did because he’d go to Chicago and hear 5 Drake records and never a Kanye song.
But does it boils down to the fact he’s no longer the most spun artist on the radio? All these outlandish behavior because of Drake?
If he felt remotely sorry or cared about Black people, he would have sent out tweets like he always does with a legit apology. He would take the time and listen to why we were frustrated with his words. He’d take time and support Black causes. But I guess since he got a new pair of overpriced, ugly ass grandpa sneakers to sell, and he knows Black people loves to line up for overpriced sneakers, he can make a fake apology about his dumb comments. FORGET ME WITH THAT MESS.
He also explained his feelings towards Donald Trump, but I don’t give two shits about it. If you care deeply about his explanation, many publications shared his quotes.
When Kanye finally wakes up from his La La land, where all you need is love and the Kardashians are royalty and isn’t surrounded by people who worship him; Maybe then he'll be able to understand that Black people are getting killed in the streets whether, from gang-related violence or Police Brutality, the President doesn’t want to find ways to uplift the community, there are neighborhoods without clean water... I'm not even asking for him to speak out about it but at least acknowledge the truth of what is going on . Until then, he remains kanceled, and I’m fine without hearing to any of his new music.