Music mogul Kanye West has taken social media by storm, first offering support for conservative ideas, then supporting President Trump, now he’s going after former President Obama.
West then drew criticisms for sharing a photo of himself wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, signed by the president. The photo resulted in criticisms by some of West’s closest companions, but the rapper and music producer shrugged the negativity and responded with love. Love, West argues, is what the nation needs a little more of.
West interestingly is also hinting towards a potential presidential run. In a new song titled, “Ye vs. The People,” West talks about how anyone can win the presidency and people should be more accepting of his message – perhaps more importantly, no one should feel discouraged in going against the grain of Leftism.
West’s political push includes a number of comments made about President Trump and President Obama. As for Trump, West has called him a brother and said the two share “dragon energy.” Furthermore, he said no one can stop him from loving Trump and spreading his message. West seems to understand that allying himself with Trump pits him in the middle of criticisms.
As Daily Wire reports, West has offered quite different sentiments of Obama. As for the former president, West has called him the “opioids” of the Black community.
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But more than anything, he loves to play contrarian, to blow up conventional wisdom. And that’s why West — arguably one of the most famous black man in the world, up there with the last U.S. president and perhaps even moreso than Tiger Woods — is taking aim at America’s first black president.
During an interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin on Tuesday (yes, West knows where to go to get pub), Kanye described Barack Obama as the “opioids” of the black community,
“Obama was our opioids. It made us feel like everything was good,” he said.
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West said Obama lost control of his message and, in the process, lost his ability to communicate with members of the working class.
“The class war is one of the reasons why Trump won, because Obama was so high class that it stopped speaking to the middle and the lower class,” he said. “He’s so classy, and to break the class system, we have to start by loving ourselves.”
West shared that he and Obama met personally ahead of Obama’s run for office, but the two had a fallout of sorts when the president profaned West’s name:
“You see, Obama came to me before he ran for office and he met with me and my mother to let me know he was going to run for office because I was his favorite artist of all time,” he said, adding that Obama asked for his support and he pledged to give it.
But Obama called West a “jack**s” after the rapper interrupted Taylor Swift on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. “He never called me to apologize,” West said. “The same person that sat down with me and my mom I think should have communicated to me directly.”
West told another story in which his deep hurt was clearly evident. Speaking as if to Obama, he said: “You played Touch the Sky at your inauguration but all of a sudden Kendrick and Dre and all the people you invite to the White House, now these your favorite rappers? I ain’t got no problem with these rappers, but you know I’m your favorite. But I’m not safe. But that’s why you love me!” he said.
“So just tell me you love me and tell the world you love me. Don’t tell the world I’m a jack**s. I’m fighting hard enough.”