Kanye West’s New Song Explains Why He’s Wearing This Hat & It’s Not What You Think (Audio)
Maybe Kanye West should run for president. When it comes to dominating a news cycle, West may be the only person in the world who can compete with the person who currently holds that job. Since his return to social media nearly two weeks ago, Kanye has made headlines every single day, in one way or another. He has done so with philosophical musings, announcements about new music and, perhaps most effectively, by riling people up with his controversial political statements.
Earlier in the week, Kanye set the web on fire with tweets stating “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. 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,” and “my MAGA hat is signed 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.” He was also seen in a number of photographs wearing the Make America Great Again hat that has become as polarizing as a Confederate flag.
You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. 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.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
my MAGA hat is signed 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/DrDHJybS8V
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
The tweets caused everyone from strangers to famous friends to attack West for his views and condemn him for aligning himself with a person seen to be an outright racist and xenophobe. Rather than backing down, however, Kanye doubled down, even attacking former President Obama, claiming Obama never did anything for his and West’s shared hometown of Chicago, while he was in office. Kanye also suggested that Blacks were monolithic in their thinking by almost uniformly backing Democrats.
To many, including Ambrosia For Heads, much of this behavior seemed like trolling on Kanye’s part. That theory was supported by last night’s release of Kanye’s new song “Lift Yourself,” a record on which most of Kanye’s words were nonsense about “poopity scoop.” Now, however, Kanye has released another song, and, whether or not one agrees with his approach, it shows there’s at least a method to his madness.
On “Ye VS The People,” Kanye recruits T.I. to engage in a discussion about his behavior. T.I. takes Kanye to task for his antics, while West passionately explains and defends his actions. Kanye doesn’t just address things he’s done over the past week. He goes all the way back to his “announcement” that he was running for president in 2020, at the 2015 MTV VMAs. West begins the song by saying “I know Obama was heaven sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president.”
When T.I. questions Kanye’s methods, Kanye replies, in verse, “Yo, Tip, I hear your side and everybody’s talk though, but ain’t going against the grain everything I fought for?” A few lines later, West explains why he’s been wearing the MAGA hat, rapping “Bruh, I never ever stopped fighting for the people. Actually wearing the hat is showing people that we’re equal.” Later, Kanye adds “I feel an obligation to show people new ideas, and if you want to hear them, here go two right here. ‘Make America Great Again’ had a negative perception.’ I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction, added empathy, caring, love and affection, and y’all simply questioning my methods.”
T.I. counters, saying “You gotta see the vantage point of the people. What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil.” Tip also raps “What you willing to lose for the point to be proved? Your sh*t is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you. You wore a dusty ass hat that represents the same views of 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.”
Acknowledging that he’s poked a hornets nest, Kanye responds “I know everybody’s emotional. Is it better if I rap about crack, huh, ’cause it’s cultural? Or, how about ‘I’m a shoot you, or f*ck your b*tch??’ Or, how about all this Gucci, ’cause I’m f*cking rich??”
While many will continue to question the way Kanye has chosen to make his points, he does raise a number of issues that often go with little to no examination, and it is encouraging to see some discourse from him beyond the obvious publicity stunts of the past week.
“Ye Vs The People is the latest addition to Ambrosia For Heads’ Spotify playlist, which also features new music for J. Cole, Drake, PRhyme, Phonte, Black Milk, Talib Kweli, Logic and many more. If you like what you hear, click here to subscribe.