Posted: May 15, 2018
By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
If anyone has been texting Kanye West about his tweets and interviews, he hasn’t read them.
E! News reported that the rapper tweeted Tuesday that he got rid of his phone as he works on new albums from his GOOD Music record label.
“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,” he tweeted.
Before getting rid of that phone, West had been posting screenshots of text conversations he’s had with industry peers, including his friend, singer John Legend.
Many of the texts came in response to West’s controversial tweets, including some in which he seemed to support President Donald Trump. Those tweets were followed up with a nearly two-hour long interview on April 18 with radio personality Charlamagne tha God, in which he articulated more of his thoughts on politics, life, art and his mental health. The interview was posted on West’s YouTube page May 1.
Much of that interview was overshadowed when, later that day, West appeared on “TMZ Live” and said that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice.” He later clarified that remark in a series of tweets.
West’s tweet about his phone came after he tweeted a video in which he was nodding his head to a beat that was for one of the albums he’s working on.
According to a tweet from his wife, Kim Kardashian West, the rapper is working on five albums. West announced the release dates for some of those albums April 26. Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, Nas and West each have albums coming from the label. West and Cudi also formed a duo that will release an album called “Kids See Ghost.”
Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Kanye West has been doing a lot of tweeting lately, teasing a philosophy book and sharing his thoughts on life and creativity.
His latest set of tweets, however, is about music.
The rapper, husband and father of three announced two new albums.
“Kids See Ghost” will be out June 8.
“Me and Cudi album June 8th,’ West tweeted. “It’s called Kids See Ghost. That's the name of our group.”
“My album is 7 songs,” he tweeted. “June 1st.”
Rapper Kanye West visited the TMZ newsroom for an eye-popping interview Tuesday morning which included professing his love for President Donald Trump and ended with a staff member sternly reprimanding him after West made comments suggesting slavery was “a choice.”
“I just love Trump. That’s my boy,” he said in response to a question from TMZ chief Harvey Levin about West’s penchant for wearing a “Make America Great Hat.”
He discussed various topics including his “free thought” stance in a sort of stream-of-consciousness style before things went off the rails.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said, provoking looks of stunned silence, then this impassioned rebuke from TMZ’s Van Lathan.
“I don’t think you’re thinking anything. I think what you’re doing is the absence of thought. Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” Lathan said.
“While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice,” he said.
“Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something that for me, is not real.”
A twitter storm followed.
Soon after receiving criticism and being the cause of #IfSlaveryWasAChoice, Kanye West tweeted some clarification on his remark that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice” on TMZ Live.
“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the newsroom after making the comment.
“I actually don't think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan said. “I think what you're doing right now is actually the absence of thought and the reason why I think that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your option. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said and while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.
“Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real,” Lathan said.
West offered to come over and give Lathan a hug. He also repeatedly said that he loved him.
“To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” West tweeted after appearing on TMZ Live.
He continued the thought with a series of other tweets, including a reference to the William Lynch speech, widely considered to be a hoax, and a quote attributed to Harriet Tubman that she never actually said.
Musician Kanye West made his return to Twitter earlier this month to chat about a number of topics from new music to politics. However, some of his tweets have fallen flat and have not been well received, so his wife Kim Kardashian West is now coming to his defense.
Many on social media have expressed concern over West’s mental health, but Kardashian West said he’s only expressing himself.
“To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary,” she wrote. “So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair.”
She also accused the media of interpreting his separation from his management as a mental health issue rather than a business decision. In fact, the reality star called her hubby a “free thinker” and celebrated him for sharing his opinions even if she didn’t agree with them, including those about President Donald Trump.
She ended her rant by declaring “Kanye is years ahead of his time” and urged the media stop using the term “mental health” so loosely.
For the last several weeks, West has been busy on Twitter after taking a nearly year-long hiatus from the platform. He’s revealed information about his clothing line, new albums and has even alluded to running for president in 2024.
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