For real, for real, we should have seen this coming. As a matter of fact, Kanye West told us this would happen. The transformation from lovable, self-professed asshole to unapologetic, side-eye inducing contrarian was predicted all the way back in 2007 when he emphatically rapped, “Excuse me, was you saying something?/Uh uh, you can't tell me nothing/You can't tell me nothing/Uh uh, you can't tell me nothing.”
So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at ‘Ye’s antics anymore. But, by God, it’s damn near impossible to turn the other way on Yeezy’s bromance with President Donald Trump. It’s a mutual admiration that appears to date back a few years. Over the past several months, Kanye has turned up his support for the controversial Celebrity in Chief, becoming a one-man promo team while displaying a total lack of knowledge on 45’s policies. But, hey, they have the same dragon energy. So, there’s that.
Despite being called out by many of his peers and even being threatened with violence for his ill-based allegiance to the reality show star-turned-president, Yeezus remains steadfast and has even doubled down.
He clearly didn’t listen and has yet to fold to anyone else’s whims, because “free thought” or something like that. So, for now, the oversized MAGA hat remains on top of the same brain that once gave the world the legendary off-script line, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.”
Here’s a brief history of Kanye and Trump’s budding relationship.
Kanye West Name-Drops Trump on "So Appalled" Track
Sept. 24, 2010
Kanye started off semi-flaming The Donald's hair on the 2010 track "So Appalled," featuring Jay-Z, Pusha-T and Cyhi The Prynce.
'Ye kicks off his verse on the classic cut with the lines, "I'm so appalled, Spalding, balled/Balding, Donald Trump taking dollars from y'all/Baby you're fired, your girlfriend hired."
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"That's very interesting. I wonder who gave him that idea?" Trump told Rolling Stone. "He's actually a different kind of a person than people think. He's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."
Kanye West Depicts Trump in "Famous" Video
July 1, 2016
Kanye West's controversial "Famous" video drops, featuring mannequins of naked celebrities including Kim Kardashian, George Bush, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,” Kanye says. “There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication. And I fuck with that. I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius. Because it fucking worked!”
He adds, "I hate the fact that because I’m a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates. I loved his approach."
A few days later, West was hospitalized after suffering a mental breakdown.
"You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him," 'Ye wrote. "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 Shows Continued Support for Trump on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Aug. 9, 2018
There are a lot of takeaways from Kanye's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but Yeezy was surely not backing down from his support of Trump. During the interview, he speaks on wanting to work with the president's proposed Space Force and building up enough confidence to wear his Make America Great Again hat. However, he is momentarily stumped when asked why he's an advocate for Trump when he bashed George Bush Jr. earlier.
"I've been callin' Colin this morning, reachin' him, so I can bring Colin to the White House," West tells TMZ's Harvey Levin. "We can remove that 'sons of bitches' statement and we can be on the same page."
Kanye West Meets With President Trump at the White House
Oct. 11, 2018
Kanye did most of the talking in a broadcasted meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office, which found the rapper advocating for jobs to be kept in the United States, sharing that Trump and his MAGA hats make Kanye feel like Superman and ending the meeting by hugging Trump while members of the press (and viewers around the world) watched.
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