As Kanye West seeks to defend his pro Trump comment which has seen him lose over 8 million followers on twitter, he as dropped a new single titled “Ye vs the people” a song that featured TI.
The rapper-mogul-cultural provocateur dropped “Ye vs. the People,” his second song to be released since he began tweeting enthusiastically in support of President Trump last week, sending his longtime fans and detractors into a frenzy.
The track was played for the first time Friday night on Power 106, a Los Angeles hip-hop radio station, and features Kanye and the rapper T.I. engaged in a back-and-forth political debate. Presumably, T.I. represents “the People” as he answers “Ye,” who puts to verse more or less what he had been tweeting about for the last several days. (It’s unclear what the Power 106 DJs, who periodically shout and blow air horns over the track, are supposed to represent.)
Kanye opens with a nod to his onetime support of President Barack Obama and a reference to his own rumored presidential ambitions:
I know Obama was Heaven-sent/ But ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president
Yeah you can, at what cost, though? Don’t that go against the teachings that Ye taught for?
The two battle it out, couplet by couplet, touching on everything from police brutality to Kanye’s recent flaunting of his signature red “Make America Great Again” cap, autographed by Trump. Throughout, there are enough open-ended questions (“Is it better if I rap about crack? Huh? ’Cause it’s cultural?”) to make Socrates proud.
Listen to Kanywest’s Ye vs the people here