Born again US rapper Kanye West is once again in the news after his controversial statements regarding fellow musicians and himself. This past Monday September 15, the rapper took to Twitter to air some of his grievances which included not releasing more music.
“I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony, I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved. I’m putting my life on the line for my people. The music industry and the NBA are modern-day slave ships. I’m the new Moses,” he wrote.
The rapper went on to demand an apology from rappers J. Cole and Drake while referring to himself as Nat Turner, a black man famously known as a slave rebellion leader back in the 1830s.
“I need a public apology from J Cole and Drake to start with immediately, I’m Nat Turner, I’m fighting for us,” he said.
Kanye also labeled himself the second richest black man in America and revealed he was waiting to meet Shawn Carter – government name for Jay Z, before apologising for writing his name as Sean.
This isn’t the first time in his career or this year (!) that the music producer has done something that has gotten the whole world in an uproar.
The instances are numerous (in fact enough for two lists). Let’s begin;
Mr. West’s rant about President Bush-September 2005
The business-man shocked many when he went off-script during a live TV fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The rapper accused the then US president, George Bush of not caring for black people, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” The show’s producer then cut him off immediately.
Comparing himself to Jesus-February 2006
In a controversial photo in which he posed for Rolling Stones, the rapper posed with a crown of thorns and fake blood, claiming that he can make a direct comparison between himself and Jesus.
His reason for such a claim was that he had to “fight for recognition” and “suffer for his success”.
Kanye complains bitterly about losing the VMAs-October 2007
The rapper was aghast that he lost all five of the awards he was nominated for and that he hadn’t been asked to play on the main stage like Justin Timberlake or Britney Spears.
The rapper then threw a fit backstage and threatened to never attend the MTV VMAs ever again.
Kanye verbally attacks a fan on a wheelchair-September 2014
The musician told fans at a concert in Sydney to get on their feet expecting everyone to do it – including a person in a wheelchair who couldn’t do it.
That act didn’t thrill the singer who then said that he couldn’t sing until everyone stood up. That prompted the crowd to start booing him and he backtracked saying that it was okay that the fan wasn’t standing up.
Kanye interrupts Taylor Swift’s VMAs speech-September, 2009
In what will go down as arguably his biggest controversy, the rapper rushed the stage to protest Taylor Swift winning the Best Female Video over Beyoncé’s music video.
Kanye declares he is running for president-August 2015
The rapper announced that he would be running for president in 2020, something that clearly didn’t materialise.
Kanye Attacks Wiz Khalifa-January 2016
The two rapper’s exchanged words on Twitter before Kanye dropped the troll hammer telling Wiz that he “owned” Wiz’s child (may we remind you that Wiz has a son with Kanye’s ex, Amber Rose).
Kanye begs Mark Zuckerberg for $1 Billion-February 2016
The rapper who is now a dollar billionaire at the time admitted that he was $53 million in debt, announcing that he was in need of more money to invest in his creative projects.
He then started campaigning for Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in him.
Kanye Claims Cosby is Innocent-February 2016
February 2016, was a month full of faux-pax by the rapper with him coming out to defend bill Cosby. With a public opinion widely against the actor, tweeted, “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!”
Kanye Bashes Taylor Swift-February 2016
As if he had forgotten the type of backlash he got after attacking Taylor Swift in 2007, the rapper released his song Famous, where he called her a “b***h”.
The song wasn’t well-received by her fans and other celebs alike but West defended himself saying that he’d had his wife’s blessings for the lyrics and Swift’s as well.
Kanye declares support for Trump, and attacks Jay Z and Beyonce-November 2016
The rapper revealed that had he voted in the 2016 election he would have voted for Donald Trump, shocking many. A few days later, the rapper would verbally attack his former mentor Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce before calling it quits and walking off stage.
Kanye Meets Trump-December 2016
As if declaring his support for Trump wasn’t enough, the rapper then proceeded to meet the then-president-elect. Kanye was photographed entering the Trump Tower to have a meeting with the U.S. President.
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