What is Going on with Kanye West?
Kanye West ended 2016 in a bang. First, at a concert in San Jose, Kanye West stated he supports President Donald Trump. I can see how the two might relate as they are both controversial figures. However, this is very surprising coming from the man that said “George Bush doesn't care about black people”. Kanye said at one of his concerts,“I told y'all I didn't vote, right? What I didn't tell you… If I were to have voted I would have voted on Trump…” This declaration for Trump lit the internet on fire for a few days, but Kanye was not done yet.
Next, in a concert in Sacramento, Kanye ranted about Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Mark Zuckerberg. I am sure Mark Zuckerberg’s name caught you off guard concerning a Kanye rant, but there was a reason for this. Early this year on Twitter, Kanye was ranting about being $53m in debt and wanted Mark Zuckerberg to get him out of debt so he can create more. When I say create, I mean create more music, more clothes and maybe even hotels. Asking someone to get you out of debt and then to criticize them at your concert for not doing so is absurd, but I didn't even get to the Jay-Z and Beyonce comments yet.
Kanye had a lot to say about Beyonce. Kanye accused Beyonce of playing “politics” at an awards show. He said, “Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling.’” Not performing if you do not win sounds like blackmailing the award show to guarantee you the award, but who is to say that this is even true? He continued, “Beyoncé, I was hurt because I wanted to present a video called ‘Fade’ and I don’t expect MTV to help me. Mr. West, I don’t respect you. I will let you know that Beyoncé is winning the video tonight for ‘Formation’ over ‘Hotline Bling’ and ‘Famous.’” He refers winning the award again in this quote. This is the second time he mentioned this award. It seems like he is more upset about not winning the award than Beyonce playing “politics.”
Kanye also spoke about Jay Z. He said “Jay Z call me, bruh. I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me.” There is a couple things interesting about what he said. First off, he has been telling Jay Z to call him publicly for awhile. Obviously, it has not worked. Ye speaking on Jay Z having “killers” is not a good look for Jay Z, since he has appeared to leave the street life alone. I find this Kanye rant interesting because it shows that he is not as close to Jay Z as once thought. It seems like they only have a working relationship. Kanye kept ranting about other topics, performed two songs and then abruptly left.
As interesting as it is to hear Kanye rant while performing at a concert, he has cancelled his Saint Pablo tour due to health concerns. Kanye was hospitalized for sleep deprivation and anxiety. According to his trainer “he was acting erratically”. Kanye has been keeping a low profile this year. Hopefully, 2017 will be a better year for Kanye. We might need him to run for president in 2020.