Jandra Sutton
April 28, 2018 11:35 am
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In case you haven’t heard, Kanye West has returned to Twitter in a big, big way. What started as honest and somewhat philosophical (if not random) thoughts quickly turned into blatant support for Donald Trump that many are seeing as hugely problematic. Just hours after dropping a bizarre new track titled “Lift Yourself” on Friday, April 27th, West then released another new song — “Ye Vs. The People,” featuring fellow rapper T.I.

The song, which alternates between West and T.I., goes through the rappers’ opposing views with regard to West’s recent behavior. In the release, which is only available to listen to as a radio rip, T.I. highlights some of the controversy about West’s actions in a way that is totally poignant.

“You wore a dusty ass hat to represent the same views/ As white supremacy, man, we expect better from you,” T.I. raps in the song. “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.”

While Kanye’s other new track, “Lift Yourself,” might be trolling his fans — considering he raps the nonsensical words “poopy-di scoop” — the lyrics to “Ye Vs. The People” are definitely worth checking out.

Intro

I had for us
Turned my dreams into dust
I watch a phone that, I had for us
Turned my dreams into dust

Kanye West

I know Obama was heaven-sent
But ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president

T.I.

Yeah you can, at what cost though?
Don’t that go against the teachings that Ye taught for?

Kanye West

Yo, Tip, I hear your side and everybody talk, though
But ain’t goin’ against the grain everything I fought for?

T.I.

Prolly so, Ye, but where you tryna go with this?
It’s some shit you just don’t align with and don’t go against

Kanye West

You just readin’ the headlines, you don’t see the fine print
You on some choosin’-side shit, I’m on some unified shit

T.I.

It’s bigger than your selfish agenda
If your election ain’t gon’ stop police from murderin’ niggas, then shit…

Kanye West

Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin’ for the people
Actually wearin’ the hat’ll show people that we equal

T.I.

You gotta see the vantage point of the people
What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil

Kanye West

See that’s the problem with this damn nation
All Blacks gotta be Democrats, man, we ain’t made it off the plantation

T.I.

Fuck who you choose as your political party
You representin’ dudes just seem crude and cold-hearted
With blatant disregard for the people who put you in position
Don’t you feel an obligation to them?

Kanye West

I feel a 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 questionin’ my methods

T.I.

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

Kanye West

You think I ain’t concerned about how I affect the past?
I mean, that hat stayed in my closet like ’bout a year and a half
Then one day I was like, “Fuck it, I’ma do me”
I was in the sunken place and then I found the new me
Not worried about some image that I gotta keep up
Lot of people agree with me, but they too scared to speak up

T.I.

The greater good of the people is first
Have you considered all the damage and the people you hurt?
You had a bad idea, and you’re makin’ it worse
This shit’s just as bad as Catholic preachers rapin’ in church

Kanye West

Y’all been leadin’ with hate, see I just approach it different
Like a gang truce, the first Blood to shake the Crip’s hand
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

T.I.

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
Fuck it

Kanye West

Alright T.I.P., we could be rappin’ about this all day, man
Why don’t we just cut the beat off and let the people talk?

Honestly, while not everyone is thrilled with West’s recent actions, we do appreciate his tweets about loving and supporting one another.

However, it’s important to remember that regardless of what Kanye is trying to communicate, Trump’s presidency is hugely problematic. It’s impossible to separate the good from the bad, and we cannot turn a blind eye to everything that has happened. While we hope open and honest conversation continues, it’s critical we continue to hold our government to the highest standards — regardless of who supports Trump.

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