According to multiple sources and people who have analyzed every single lyric on 4:44, there is a rift between Jay Z and Kanye West. In the first track on Jay’s 13th studio album he says:
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
Jay is probably referencing one of Kanye’s many on stage rants last year right before West hospitalized himself.
From the perspective of someone who is a Kanye West apologist and defends him to people who call him a sell out or crazy, the deterioration of this once great partnership hurts.
Selfishly, I want a Watch the Throne II and another Watch the Throne tour. I want Kanye to run to the studio to put together another Takeover if its needed. I want another This Cant Be Life. Ideally, I want them to understand that the art they create together is inspiring to their fans and needs to be shared with the masses. However, it seems like the wounds are too deep for both to heal. When you really think about it, were they a good match to begin with.
Kanye eccentricities and Jay’s laid back demeanor were bound to clash. Regardless of their chemistry in the studio, Dame Dash is the guy that always championed the talent of Kanye while Jay was always hesitant to put his full support behind Ye. Until the Rocafella empire fell and Kanye decided to go with what he perceived to be the winning team. Seven albums into his decision to ride with Jay, Kanye is considered a trendsetter for artists who chose to incorporate relevant topics and social issues into their music. Ye has also gotten super personal in a lot of songs, something Jay did in his most expressive form in 4:44.
Kanye has been attacked for his inability to fully grasp the lost of his mom, who he has chosen to marry, where he has chosen to live and now for seemingly being ungrateful for all Jay has done for him. Ye seems like he really wanted to be best friends with Jay, without realizing their differences were too big for that to ever happen. In the midst of all these Kanye attacks, the guy he wrote Big Brother about piled on.
Jay is my favorite rapper ever and he wouldn’t be that without the production and support of the all time great Kanye. I just want them to get along again, make some great music and cut the top off of another luxury vehicle.
Since election night in November, President elect Donald Trump has held meetings with a number of black public figures. The latest has been talk show host/comedian Steve Harvey. Harvey and Trump met at Trump Tower last Friday to discuss ways that Harvey could help Dr. Ben Carson run the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Harvey has not expressed any specific ways in which he can support Dr. Carson and emphasized that the meeting with Trump was very informal. Harvey deflected questions about Trump’s controversial comments and potential policies by simply stating that it is important to start a conversation to address issues that he was concerned about.
Harvey is not the first celebrity to meet with Trump. Shortly after Trump won the election he took meetings with NFL greats Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. Trump has also met with rapper Kanye West. The meetings with West, Lewis and Brown have received scrutiny because of Trump’s perceived lack of support for America’s minority population.
Trump’s most recent controversial tweet was aimed in the direction of congressman John Lewis. Trump tweeted that Lewis should focus on his “crime invested” district instead of focusing on the legitimacy of our most recent presidential election. Trump also said that Lewis was a man who is all talk and no action even though Lewis was on the front lines of the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. Either Trump was not aware of Lewis’ history and accomplishments or just does not care.
The question has to be asked, what are we supposed to think of these prominent black public figures who have accepted invites from our president elect.
Lewis, Brown, Harvey and West all mentioned that the meetings were informal where no in-depth plans for America’s marginalized population were mentioned. All also emphasized the need for dialogue between Trump and the community that has questions about his character and motives as president.
Trump may be initiating these meetings to appeal more to a group of Americans who did not vote for him. The public figures he is meeting with may be accepting these invitations to make headlines. However, neither of these reasons seem like they will benefit the minority population of America.
The only true sign of change in some of Trump’s rhetoric would be meetings with people like congressman John Lewis who are working directly with the public. A meeting with Kanye West could only be beneficial if the two discussed a way for West to rap like it was 2004 again.
Harvey and rest of the Trump meeting roster have received backlash for their perceived meetings with the enemy. Rapper T.I. believes Trump is using a divide and conquer theory when it comes to the select black public figures he meets with. T.I. also believes that black celebrities should not be meeting with Trump unless they are accompanied by someone like congressman Lewis.
Journalist Marc Lamont Hill went so far to say that Trump is having meetings with “mediocre negroes” who are not experts at anything. Hill also believes that these meetings should not happen without the presence of an individual who has a history creating policies and working towards empowering the disenfranchised.
The Trump meetings so far have produced no relevant dialogue or insight into Trump’s plans for our nation. The only thing the meetings have produced are photo opportunities and headlines for both Trump and his party invites. Going forward each invitee should actually come into the meeting with a formal plan that we can read or see or touch. Without that, we’ve just got to assume that Ray Lewis, Kanye West, Jim Brown and Steve Harvey are all trying out for a new season of the Apprentice.