The Kanye West-Trump support saga continues on the internet, as the rapper released on Monday a behind-the-scenes video giving fans an inside look at the making of his latest track, “Ye vs. the People.” In the clip, West sits with several people, including fellow rapper T.I., who’s featured on the track, and has an open discussion about his support of President Trump, which has been harshly criticized.
T.I. admits he doesn’t understand why West has been outspokenly in favor of Trump.
“When you have lives lost, as artists, that gives us an obligation to stand up against all of that kind of s***,” the rapper told West. “Your intentions, from what you tell me, are pure, but the direction that you took to get there is a bit unorthodox and kind of, I would say, some people would say, thoughtless. … I’m just trying to figure where you’re trying to go with this. Some things you don’t align with, and some s*** you just don’t go against.”
West took his friend’s words to heart, but also defended supporting Trump and wearing the red Make America Great Again hat. He did add, however, it’s not all or nothing with the president.
“When I wear that hat, it’s like a fight for equality, like, ‘Oh I can wear this hat too,’” West said. “I really want to take that hurt off of them and let them understand that I did not wear that hat to hurt them. Half the s*** Trump does, I don’t agree with,” he added.
T.I. raised his voice back at his friend, saying, “What do you agree with? Let’s get that out.”
“Just the ability to do what no one said you could do, to do the impossible. It’s the most inspiring thing to me,” Kanye replied.
West’s fans were divided by the revelations in the video; some appreciated the artist’s candor while other still think West is misguided by supporting Trump.
The @kanyewest @tip discussion is not one to miss. Refreshing to see 2 men with different point of views discuss things without throwing insults becomes one doesn’t agree with the other on certain things.
— Gary Owen (@garyowencomedy) May 1, 2018
I love you Kanye!!!! And TI I respect you even more for engaging with ye about this, many have pulled themselves back but u simply had 2get your point across and understand whr kanye is coming from. 2 ppl who don't agree on the same thing but can still sit& have a conversation
— sadie (@tsholux) May 1, 2018
Stupid! If that's the case the one that did the impossible is the young my who took the gun out of hand of a guy in the waffle House! That's the fucking impossible.
— vernon hilton (@vernon23683582) May 1, 2018
I'm not defending @kanyewest actions, but from listening to Ye Vs. the People you can easily understand his point. "I'm the first blood to shake a crips hand…" he trying to end the divisiveness brought about by Trump(or that was already there to begin with) Still, dumb method,
— Joey Chini (@joey_chini) May 1, 2018
“There’s some shit you just dont allign with, and dont go against” is one of the most worrying phrases i’ve heard from a rapper, essentially saying certain things as in that case a black man has to think, i understand @Tip was playing devils advocate to @kanyewest but thats not
— Jacob Holme (@_JacobHolme) May 1, 2018
After that video of making ‘Ye vs The People.. I don’t know about the @kanyewest viewpoint.. because im not inspired by Donald Trump in no way..but I did tell my dad after the election that if they let him in the whitehouse with all that hate and racism, oh they gotta let me in
— KEViN (@coolathletics) May 1, 2018
Shit, even when Kanye has to explain his context, y'all close your ears. Even though he made y'all mad. Atleast know where hes coming from than ignoring him.
— Just Saying 2k18 (@DNdamagi) May 1, 2018
— MilkSnakeMag (@MilkSnakeMag) May 1, 2018
@tip @kanyewest you two keep talking with each other… TI's about to get it, and definitely is receptive to the energy Ye's putting out for sure. There's a bigger picture that he's pushing for, and I like it.
— Brent (@trefoil) May 1, 2018
West has not commented on the video other than initially tweeting its release, but T.I. seemed excited to be a part of both “Ye vs. the People” and the political discussion.
The Greatest Debate.
A Historical Moment In Hip Hop.
The Making of Ye vs The People Starring T.I. as The People!!!! ✊✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/OO1fB8bWW9
— T.I. (@Tip) May 1, 2018
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