On Friday night, three hours after Kanye West dropped a nonsensical ditty on his website called “Lift Yourself” that, combined with weeks of unhinged pro-Trump tweeting, had many thinking he’d truly lost it, the MC dropped an actual song at midnight E.T. — “Ye vs. the People,” a point-for-point debate about his recent behavior with his friend, veteran rapper T.I.
In it, West makes some of his most coherent, if still highly debatable and naive, arguments about his pro-Trump stance to date: “Make America Great Again had a negative reception/ I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction… 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.”
But to his credit, West allows T.I. plenty of room to make his case as well:
“What you willin’ to lose for the point to be proved?,” T.I. raps,
“This sh– 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.”
The song ends abruptly after West raps: “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?” — an invitation to further debate.
Read the song’s full lyrics here, and hear it on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music Unlimited. And if you must, “Lift Yourself” is available on KanyeWest.com.
On Monday, Hot 97 radio host Ebro Darden said that West’s praise for Donald Trump is real, judging by a 30-minute chat over the weekend. Darden’s story quickly drew the ire of Twitter, not to mention Kanye’s celebrity fanbase. Kanye has since sported one of Trump’s trademark “Make America Great” hats on social media, saying that the world needs more love, not hate, in a series of philosophical tweets.
Next month, Kanye will release a solo album on June 1, as well as projects with Kid Cudi, Nas and Teyana Taylor.
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