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Kanye West has, for the last year or two, been very vocal in his support for president Donald Trump. It started when during a concert of his “Saint Pablo” tour, he told the crowd that had he voted, he would have voted for Trump. He then continued to meet with Trump, wear “Make America Great Again” hats and preach his idea that we should have love for everyone, including Trump. He gave a speech to the audience of his Saturday Night Live appearance about his love for Trump and eventually had a televised meeting with the president.
West faced a storm of backlash for his controversial, outspoken comments. Many felt like they could not support him any more, or were concerned for his mental well-being.
This all ended when on Oct. 30, 2018, West put out a series of tweets responding to a controversy that falsely associated him with the “blexit” movement for African Americans to leave the Democratic Party.
“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!” West said in a tweet.
West is consistently inconsistent with what he says. His history of messy album releases reflects that. On Feb. 10, 2004, West released his first studio album “The College Dropout” after three delays. The release dates were set for Aug. 2003, Oct. 2003, and Jan. 2003. West’s sophomore album, “Late Registration,” and third album “Graduation” also had their release dates changed many times.
West’s “The Life of Pablo” was known for its incredibly messy release, and when it finally was released it was unfinished, changed and added to as time went on. After “The Life of Pablo”, Kanye West promised a summer album by the name of “Turbo Grafx 16” which was never released. This year he promised that an album by the name of “Yhandi” was coming out on Sept. 29, 2018. It did not. It is now set to release on Black Friday of this year.
West is a very outspoken figure. On the first song of his album “ye,” West says “Just say it out loud to see how it feels/People say ‘don’t say this, don’t say that’/Just say it out loud, just to see how it feels/Weigh all the options, nothing’s off the table” and that’s what he does.
West likes saying things, whether it’s to get a rise out of people, because he truly believes it, or any other number of reasons. He likes to say things that most people won’t, which is what he did with his support of Trump. With someone as creatively ingenious as West, you cannot hold him to what he says; he expresses himself in his creation, not his words. Nothing he says should be believed until he follows through on it.
I never let Kanye’s opinions affect my opinion of his music. Kanye West has been one of my favorite people since my dad played me his classic album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in fifth grade. In November 2018, I even became the #1 in the world at trivia for Kanye West on the QuizUp app. While his views did turn me off of his personality which I previously defended to death, my love for his music did not and probably cannot stop. If you like modern hip-hop, hip-pop, and pop then you are a fan of Kanye West. His creative effects can be felt throughout music.