Since Kanye West returned to Twitter last month, he’s questioned “the culture” and sent the general public into a racial, social and political frenzy – and the hysteria isn’t going away.
It all started one spring afternoon (Apr. 13) when Twitter founder Jack Dorsey welcomed Kanye back to his social media platform after a very, very long hiatus. ‘Ye retweeted Dorsey’s post then decided to begin sharing his new thought wave in 210 characters or less (over and over again). He told his now 28 million-plus followers that you sometimes “have to get rid of everything,” which led to two tweets announcing the recent layoffs of his manager and lawyer (because he “can’t be managed” and needs a team that can be around full-time).
Yeezy then spewed out a slew of throwback tweets, artwork and philosophical sayings like “naps are awesome” and “stop thinking about things for a long time without saying what you think.” He even took a day to talk about music, announcing his next solo album will release in June; he’s dropping a joint project with Kid Cudi titled Kids See Ghost; he’s producing Nas’ next album, which, according to him, will be out June 15; that Pusha T’s next project is coming May 25; and that Teyana Taylor’s sophomore album is finally dropping June 22.
One would think these announcements would dominate headlines, especially the fact that Kanye parted ways with his longtime manager, Scooter Braun, and his new music coming alongside A$AP Rocky, but there was only one announcement that trumped all (no pun intended) — his love for No. 45, Donald Trump.
On April 25, 13 days into ‘Ye’s Twitter resurgence, he tweeted, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
The world went into a state of panic and the people closest to West tried to persuade him to understand the power of his words and the platform he holds. Others simply reached out to show support. Yeezy took screenshots of a few of those texts and posted them on Twitter, and since changed his phone number as a response. Just peep his tweet.
for anyone whose tried to text or call me in the past 2 weeks I got rid of that phone so I could focus on these albums
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 15, 2018
So now, it’s time to analyze who’s blowing up Mr. West’s phone and getting in his ear.
The first screenshot the “Famous” rapper posted was from man we believe to be Chicago artist Malik Yusef. He sent Kanye a picture of a poster that reads “Keep America Great #Kanye2024.” ‘Ye has previously said he would run for president in the future, and in today’s climate — why not? However, the G.O.O.D. Music mogul has opted to push back his campaign run four years to avoid stepping on his buddy Trump’s toes (you know, since Trump already stated he’ll run again in 2020).
T Mills (Tracey Mills)
T. Mills hit Kanye’s line in the early afternoon proposing a conversation about “this hat.”
He sent a series of texts with a lot of cryptic undertones that came in the form of emojis and a still shot of Tupac from Juice. T. Mills reached out to Kanye again with another text that listed theories from Thomas Sowell.
A day before Kanye’s tweet storm, he phoned into Hot 97 to tell Morning Show host Ebro Darden that he loved him, which has been a constant theme of ‘Ye’s for awhile. A day after their on-air conversation, Ebro texted Yeezy to make sure he was okay.
Kanye took a screenshot of 29 fire emojis and a conversation about hiring Ebro to fill one of the 160 position he’s looking to fill with the Yeezy brand this year. So, “159 to go.”
John Legend once credited Kanye as the one who created the “Ordinary People” singer’s stage name. As an extended courtesy, the Grammy Award-winning singer — and vocal Trump opponent — asked Kanye to reconsider his support for Trump.
Legend told him he was “too powerful and influential” to back No. 45 begged him not to “let this be a part of your legacy.”
Before posting the screenshot on twitter, Yeezy responded to his friend and colleague, saying, “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”
Michael Eric Dyson
Mentee Big Sean rang Kanye’s phone to show that he has nothing but love him! Their conversation comes in response to Kanye’s interview with Charlamagne Tha God. The Detroit rapper expresses his love for his “bro,” and sends nothing but positive vibes and good energy his way.
It seems like Kanye’s perceived controversial statements aren’t bothering the people closest to him as they seem to be absorbing his vibes.
Yeezy’s long-time friend and fashion designer Don C reached out to him several days after his name made headline news. Don let West know he’s got his back, no matter what. Then he dropped a Bible verse from 1 Corinthians, which gives the definition of love — ‘Ye’s new motto.
Love. It’s what the world needs.