I’ve been telling myself lately that I only want to write about happy ish and not focus so much on White supremacy, Wypipo and overall white antics.
I was doing pretty good, and then this n***a Kanye West took to the airways last week and I forgot that even excluding all the aforementioned topics, that when I only want to talk about the beauty of Black people; that amongst our midsts, lay melanated Wypipo looking to undo us all.
When I was younger I hated arguing.
I grew up as a really headstrong guy and I usually got my point across without needing to debate. For me, it made no sense to consider someone else’s side of the argument; well… because my perspective was the only one that was valid and therefore the only one that mattered.
Eventually my mom had to sit me down and explain that not everyone thinks like me and that I needed to learn to value others opinions and thoughts. She assured me that there was always something to learn from what others had to say.
But all of that shit has gone out of the window as I listened to Kanye West’s new track featuring T.I properly titled “Ye Vs The people.” With this track, I have realized that some people just talk because they have lips and their arguments and point of view holds no validity at all.
“I know Obama was heaven-sent
But ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president”
Obama was heaven sent alright, because his presidency tricked us into believing that these racist White-peopleing Wypipo had gotten their ish together. Fast forward a few years later and we see that was a lie. To Mr. West’s point though, yalls president has shown that any moron could essentially run ruin our nation. KANYE 2020.
Now don’t get me wrong, Kanye has always been a particularly jarring public figure, whose outlandish comments and actions has always had us like “WTF Kanye?”
But usually those comments are made, in what seemed at least to me, were in defense of Black people and Black culture; and so naturally we accepted them.
- him interrupting Taylor Swift’s award presentation at the VMAs to proclaim Beyoncé’s greatness;
- or that time he let the world know on a live telethon that George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.
Yeah my boy is outspoken and a bit out there, but we supported him when his comments were pro Black.
Lately though, either because of the loss of his mother, the sunken place or the Kardashians, or what I assume to be an unhealthy mixture of all; this dude is out here trippin and getting high off the same strain of make America great again bullshit yalls racist a** President is spewing.
Because…, well, he’s not Black. He’s Kanye.
Kanye West is a musical genius. At the same time he is a maniacal, egotistical, at times seemingly mentally unstable asshole.
Two things can be opposite and true at once.
Kanye spits on his latest track:
“I know everybody emotional
Is it better if I rap about crack? Huh? ‘Cause it’s cultural?
Or how about I’ma shoot you, or fuck your bitch?
Or how about all this Gucci, ’cause I’m fuckin’ rich”
Like for real bro bro? Crack is cultural? You really bugging out!
You need some help my dude? In the track he says “I was in the sunken place and then I found the new me.”
What? Oh now I get it, I get it (drake voice). He done came out that sunken place with the soul of middle aged White American Trump supporter living in the deep South.
“I feel an obligation to show people new ideas
And if you wanna hear ’em, there go two right here
Make America Great Again had a negative reception
I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction
Added empathy, care and love and affection
And y’all simply question’ my methods”
Let not be mistaken Ye, there is no twisting the connotations of racist propaganda and memorabilia. That hat represents oppression and there is no way to rebrand that. The endorser of that brand is the face of White supremacy and so any alignment with him is, in affect, going against us. Point blank period.
Damn we done lost Ye!
Now, this track is called Ye vs. The People and as the representative of the people we have T.I. attempting to talk sense into Ye.
“What you willin’ to lose for the point to be proved?
This shit is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you
You wore a dusty-ass hat to represent the same views
As 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
That’s why it’s important to know what direction you’re goin’ now
‘Cause everything that you built can be destroyed and torn down”
Let me start off by commending T.I for all that he does for our community and his personal and professional evolution. It’s been truly inspiring. I watched his episode on the Netflix music docu-series The Rapture and was truly in awe of the growth in both his mentality, as well as his overall sense of consciousness and duty to our people. He’s always been one of my favorite rappers, but to see this side of him, at this particular time, well that propelled him even higher on my list of hip hop greats.
This track, and his overall rebuttal to Kanye’s blasphemous point of view, is a perfect representation of his newly formed state of mind along side of his mastery of the art of hip hop.
People who claim to be “counter-culture” trailblazers, who vie to a mostly black consumer base, and then turn around and push agendas that does nothing to support Black people are very dangerous.
Tip continues by asking what we’ve all been thinking:
“You’ll deal with God for the lack of respect
Startin’ to make it seem like Donnie cut you a check
Now you toyin’ with hot lava, better be careful with that
What’s it mean to gain the world if you ain’t standin’ for shit?
Okay I gotta say it, Ye, you sound high as a bitch
Yeah, genocide and slavery, we should just try and forget
And all that free thought shit, find a better defense
But if Ye just stuck in his way, he can leave it at that
Like did Trump cut you a check Ye?
Is this a publicity stunt to sell the music?
Are you ever gonna recognize that you haven’t escaped the sunken place?
My issue is not with Kanye West having an opinion. Nope not at all. This is America and while so many of the laws aren’t fairly levied and upheld for Black people, I believe people have the right to say what they feel; even if I dont always find what people say valid. I mean opinions are like a**h***s, you know everyone has one.
The issue for me is that Kanye, like so many other people, think that they can speak on subjects they are not well versed in because they don’t have the historical and racial literacy necessary to address said topics. So, yes you can have an opinion, but when your opinion is backed by falsities and you have a platform big enough to spread those idiotic messages to the masses; oh well then that’s when I got something to say about your opinions because they are dangerous.
Cue: Slavery was a choice.
Ye claims he’s on “some unified s**t.”
How sway, how?
His rhetoric is decisive, inaccurate and appalling; and his actions lead us to believe that he has gone of the deep end.
He claims “But ain’t goin’ against the grain everything I fought for?”
But like Al Pacino said in The Godfather, “you never go against the family.”
You are going against the family with this latest ish Ye. Smh! And I guess wearing a MAGA hat really does make me feel equal, huh Ye?
What it doesn’t do is mitigate the state sanctioned violence and murdering of Black and Brown bodies.
It doesn’t make schools in Black and Brown neighborhoods better. And it doesn’t negate the fact that we have a White supremacist as the head of our country. But hey, Ye is tryna make us feel equal (Kanye shrug).
We know all Blacks don’t have to be Democrats, but like cousin Angela Rye let us know:
What I do know, is that we must teach our youth to discern what is the truth and what is ignorance and they must do this by exercising their racial and historical literacy muscles. We all must be able to point out when someone is speaking from a place of self hatred and White supremacy in disguise?
In the meantime it’s safe to say that we should be done with Kanye West. He is a musical genius whose talent and legacy in music is undeniable.
But he is also a lost Black brother who is aligning himself with White supremacy.