Charlamagne Explains Why We Should Not Abandon Kanye West (Video)

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Kanye West’s recent words and actions have pushed some of his biggest fans and supporters to the breaking point. The superstar rapper/producer’s ongoing support of Donald Trump, conservative personality Candace Owens, and other comments made recently have some people questioning if this is all a stunt, or has ‘Ye broken from everything he once stood for – “the old Kanye.”

Host, author, and TV personality Charlamagne Tha God is one who still supports West. He recently sat down with the Chicago artist to inquire about his state of mind, and understand the last year and a half of his life and career. Now, The Breakfast Club co-host is speaking his own peace about Kanye West and says everyone shouldn’t jump ship just yet.

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“You can definitely be canceled. Bill Cosby is proof of that,” he said during an interview with Vibe Magazine, referring to the notion of public dismissal. “You can absolutely, positively be canceled, but I don’t think Kanye [West] should be canceled yet. I think that everybody should be all hands on deck if you care. There’s nothing wrong with not caring either. Black people aren’t monolithic people. I personally feel that Kanye means too much to the culture. He means too much to the culture and he has too much influence.”

“I think I read an article earlier today and there were these Alt-Right groups applauding what he said,” he continued, focusing on why it’s important to get Kanye on the right track. “When you have somebody with that big of a gun, you have to teach them how to shoot. I think right now, he’s not armed with the proper information. I want him to sit down with Michael Eric Dyson, I want him to continue to have conversations with Minister Louis Farrakhan, I want him to talk to somebody like Killer Mike. Go sit down and talk to people who actually have knowledge on these situations.”

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Charlamagne also revealed a little of what’s to come from ‘Ye, musically—as he heard. Reportedly, West hasn’t left all semblances of his past behind. “It is old ‘Ye production,” he describes. “He played me [‘Lift Yourself’] in the studio and I was like, ‘What the f*ck is this?’ I couldn’t even hear the words. He said, ‘That was just the reference,’ and then he was like, ‘That is the words.’ I didn’t even process that one. I think the music is good. I don’t know if it was ‘slavery was a choice’ good, or walking around with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat good, because now the expectations are way too high. You have to have some fire music if you’re going to be out here supporting Donald Trump and think that black people will still support you.

“It’s good, it’s really great,” he continued, reinforcing that people should still hold out and at least listen to whatever project he has coming next. “It’s got its old chopped soul samples that we like from Ye, Teyana Taylor has some amazing music. Pusha T has some dope music, he played me a lot of dope stuff, but once again, that was on April 18; a lot of things have changed. People don’t just take your music anymore; people remember how you make them feel. Right now Kanye not making people feel good. So if that person is not making you feel good, when you listen to their music you’re not going to receive it as well as you would have if you were judging it from a more positive perspective.” Charlamagne explained the music by alluding to West’s recent hat-wearing and controversial comments while visiting TMZ. “Like I said, I don’t know if it’s ‘slavery was a choice’ good or ‘Make America Great Again’ hat good, but it’s really good music.”