Twista – Slow Jamz Lyrics

(feat. Kanye West, Jamie Foxx)

[Luther Vandross]
Are you gonna be
Say that you’re gonna be

[Jamie Foxx]
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh…

[Jamie Foxx – Chorus]
She said she wants some Marvin Gaye, some Luther Vandross, a little Anita, will definitely set this party off right
(Are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are you gonna be are you gonna be, well well well well well)
She said she want some Ready for the World, some New Edition, some Minnie Ripperton, and definitely set this party off right
(Are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are u gonna be, are you gonna be are you gonna be, well well well well well)

[Kanye West]
I told her to drive over in your new whip
Bring some friends you cool with
Imma bring da cool whip
Then I want you to strip
See you is my new chick
So we get our grind on
She be grabbin, callin me Biggie like Shine home
Man I swear she fine homes
Why she always lying though
Tellin me them diamonds when she know they rhinestones
She got a light skinned friend look like Michael Jackson
Got a dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson
I play ‘Ready for the World’ – she was ready for some action
My dawg said you aint no freak, so you got to prove my man wrong
Imma play this Vandross
You gon’ take your pants off
Imma play this Galdys Knight
Me and you gon’ get right

[Chorus X2]

[Twista]
Got you lookin at the gliss at my hands and wrists
While i’m layin back smokin on my canibus
When it come to rockin original like Marvin and Luther
I can tell you aint no messin with Kan-man and Twist
From the Chi and I be
Sippin Hennessy
Twistin almarie?
Tryina smoke a B
Lookin properly
Feelin on a G?
And always (Well Well Well Well Well)
Come with me and sip on some Evelyn Champagne

You aint know Twista can work it like the Whispers
Hit the stop light, get into some Isaac
The rims still moving so I’m bumping a little spinners
While I’m
Smokin on a B
Dippin through the streets
Bumpin R&B
And I got to leave
something to the 23’s?
And I do it (well well well well well)
When my earth and the wind smoke a fire
Let me when get your sheets wet listening to Keith Sweat
Put you in a daze for maze
Fullfilling our every temptation slow jamming having deep sex
You ready for the world girl
Come on over make me touch you all over your body baby don’t say no to me
An every moment you controllin’ me I’m lovin the way you be holding me when I be listening to Jodeci
And when I come over and bend your ass
You be bumpin Teddy Pendergrass
I’da hit it from the back to the melody to roll it slow
Now I gotta go up in it fast, but imma finish last
No matter how much of a thug you see
I still spit it like it’s R&B, so to the club with me
And with some Luther come on and hope you finna and stilla be in love with me

[chorus X2]

[Twista]
Baby drop another slow jam
And all us lovers need hold hands
And if you aint got no man hop up on my brohem
I keep it pimpin like an old man
You gots to roll with the plan
Cuz after that then I
Take it to the dome
Then I got to bone
Stay up in the zone
Got to get you home
Gotta run up on
And I do it (well well well well well)
Baby drop another slow jam
And all us lovers need hold hands
And if you aint got no man hop up on my brohem
I keep it pimpin like an old man
You gots to roll with the plan
Cuz after that then I
Take you to my home
And we could get it on
Disconnect the phone
Just to get you goin’
Tryina make you moan
And I do it (well well well well well)

Kanye West hit with $1 million lawsuit over unpaid wages from 2019 opera

Kanye West hit with $1 million lawsuit over unpaid wages from 2019 opera
The rapper hosted a series of performances of Nebuchadnezzar at The Hollywood Bowl in 2019.

By Sajae Elder

November 05, 2020

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images.

 

Kanye West is being hit with a $1 million lawsuit over unpaid wages from his run of Nebuchadnezzar opera performances back in 2019, according to The Blast. Employees from the shows, which took place at Hollywood Bowl, claim they were not paid for their involvement.

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Documents obtained by The Blast saw one hair assistant claim that West “failed to properly compensate [them] and many dozens of other persons who performed services on the production, including the background actors, performing as audience members.” It also revealed that “defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all.” So far, West nor his team have responded to the lawsuit or the allegations.

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Back in 2019, West debuted a Vanessa Beecroft-directed opera about Babylonian empire monarch Nebuchadnezzar, featuring music from his Sunday Service collective. It was exclusively live-streamed on Tidal.

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Most recently, West officially conceded defeat and ended his often bizarre Presidential campaign, after garnering 60,000 votes. The rapper later indicated that he plans to run again in 2024.

The FADER has reached out to Kanye West’s representative for comment.

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Kanye West officially concedes defeat after accruing over 60,000 votes

Kanye West officially concedes defeat after accruing over 60,000 votes
His largest voting base was in Tennessee, with over 10,000 votes (.3%).

By Salvatore Maicki

November 04, 2020

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As of this morning, Kanye West has officially ended his 2020 presidential campaign. After only appearing on the ballot in 12 states, there was no possible way that West could have theoretically won — yet, despite the stakes of this particular election, he remained an option in Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Vermont, Colarado, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Tennessee, where he received the most support (over 10,000 votes).

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As the world continues to wait for a final tally on Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s neck-in-neck race, West announced his concession early Wednesday morning with the threat of a 2024 run. As for whether or not wife Kim Kardashian cast a vote for her husband, she hasn’t disclosed — but some of her Twitter activity has pointed toward a Biden endorsement.

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Kanye West enlists DaBaby and 2 Chainz for “Nah Nah Nah” remix

Kanye West enlists DaBaby and 2 Chainz for “Nah Nah Nah” remix
Most of the song appeared on West’s Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

By Salvatore Maicki

October 29, 2020

DaBaby (Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Universal Music Group), Kanye West (Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company), 2 Chainz (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Diamond Ball)

Amid his ongoing presidential campaign, Kanye West is still out here making music. If that sounds like something you’re interested in, you’re probably already familiar with his newest single “Nah Nah Nah,” in which he fights for his masters and samples Star Wars. Today, West is following it up with a remix to the track which adds an opening verse from DaBaby, and most of a closing verse from 2 Chainz — only 2:20 of the track appears on West’s Twitter cut of the song, and it’s yet to appear on DSPs. Hear most of the song below, and then head this way to keep tabs on the latest from West’s presidential goals, including what FEC reports have revealed about his campaign spending.

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NAH NAH NAH REMIX DABABY & 2CHAINZ pic.twitter.com/I0gaZJ0ft7

— ye (@kanyewest) October 29, 2020

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Kanye West raps about his record deal, Star Wars on “Nah Nah Nah” freestyle

Kanye West raps about his record deal, Star Wars on “Nah Nah Nah” freestyle
All set to footage of a UFC K.O.

By David Renshaw

October 14, 2020

THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO ENERGIZED THAT I HAD TO RELEASE THEME MUSIC NAH NAH NAH pic.twitter.com/p3NhTV11cN

— ye (@kanyewest) October 14, 2020

Kanye West has released a snippet of a new song titled “Nah Nah Nah.” The rapper and presidential candidate posted the audio on Twitter overnight alongside the message: “THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO ENERGIZED THAT I HAD TO RELEASE THEME MUSIC.” “Nah Nah Nah” is accompanied by footage from a recent UFC fight between middleweight Joaquin Buckley and Impa Kasanganay that featured what many have described as the most spectacular knockout in UFC history.

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West appears to reference his recent dispute with UMG over the terms of his record contract (“If I put myself on, swear they get my own masters”) on “Nah Nah Nah.” He also samples a clip from Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of The Sith and raps “Don’t jump Anakin, I got the higher ground.”

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Last month West shared another snippet of new material, the Lauryn Hill-sampling “BELIEVE WHAT I SAY” was subsequently played on Travis Scott’s Apple Music 1 show. Earlier this week he revealed a brand new ad for his election campaign ahead of the November 3 vote.

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Twitter flags Kanye West for spreading “manipulated” election news

Twitter flags Kanye West for spreading “manipulated” election news
On Tuesday night, West spread Kentucky poll results that falsely showed him ahead of Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

By Salvatore Maicki

October 14, 2020

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Despite all that’s at stake in the upcoming presidential election, Kanye West has remained persistent in his desire to siphon votes that would almost certainly be better spent elsewhere. West will not appear on the ballot in many states (including his home state, Illinois) but he is on the ballot in Kentucky, and he’s still campaigning to win it. On Tuesday night, West jumped the gun and posted a screenshot of a Lexington news outlet that showed him polling ahead of both Trump and Biden, and significantly behind Brock Pierce and Jo Jorgensen.

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GET THE WEST WING READY !!! … this is how I felt when I saw that Kentucky pole result 🌎🌍🌏🪐💫☄️💥🔥🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/k9e87MGKZL

— ye (@kanyewest) October 14, 2020

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The post, and accompanying video of West saying to “get the West Wing ready,” have both been flagged by Twitter as “manipulated media” after the news outlet LEX 18 confirmed that the polling was a result of a site error. “Someone discovered a cached web link that we used during June’s primary election to post Associated Press election results. The old link was still populating current AP data and showed test results, which is part of the preparation the AP does in advance of elections,” the news station tweeted, adding that “the results shown were not valid. They were simply part of a test.”

The fake news debacle is just the latest snafu in an increasingly baffling campaign by West. Two days ago, he unveiled a new commercial spot that had him rambling about “reviving our commitment to faith… to what our constitution calls ‘the free exercise of religion,’ including, of course, prayer.” The video has since been scrubbed from his Twitter account.

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Kanye West shares bizarre 2020 campaign video

Kanye West shares bizarre 2020 campaign video
The video encourages viewers to write in West’s name on ballots for the 2020 presidential election.

By Jordan Darville

October 12, 2020

Photo by Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images

 

Kanye West‘s bid for the presidency is widely regarded as a spoiler campaign helmed by Republican operatives to siphon enough votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to tilt a close election in favor of President Donald Trump. Polls have shown West’s presence to have had a negligible impact on the race, but he is still on the ballot in over a dozen states. Today, he’s shared a brand new campaign ad.

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The ad shows Kanye West standing in front of a black-and-white American flag, looking off-camera as he quite clearly reads his speech from a teleprompter or cue cards. West’s ad emphasizes religion and the family unit, but policy-wise, it’s just as generic as the B-grade stock footage clumsily cut between West’s schpiel. Unlike most campaign ads, West does not make eye contact with the camera once, an unsettling visual choice.

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“We as a people will revive our commitment to faith,” West says, “to what our constitution calls ‘the free exercise of religion,’ including, of course, prayer.” Adding to the shoddiness of the production is the recording of West saying “I’m Kanye West and I approve this message,” which sounds like it was recorded on one of West’s ugly shoes. The clip ends encouraging viewers to “Write-In Kanye West.”

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https://t.co/3hGgcjHzRE we stepping out on faith pic.twitter.com/0a82wuh8at

— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020

Kanye West shares snippet of new Lauryn Hill-sampling song

Kanye West shares snippet of new Lauryn Hill-sampling song
“BELIEVE WHAT I SAY” was shared by Kanye West over the weekend and subsequently played on Travis Scott’s Apple Music 1 show.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 28, 2020

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Over the weekend, Kanye West tweeted out a 40-second snippet of a new song titled “BELIEVE WHAT I SAY.” The song, West’s first piece of new music since launching a campaign attempting to regain control of his masters from Universal Music Group, samples Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”. A day after West tweeted the snippet, Travis Scott proceeded to play it on .WAV Radio, his Apple Music 1 show with Chase B. West’s last single was this year’s “Wash Us In The Blood,” a collaboration with Scott. Listen to “BELIEVE WHAT I SAY” and the episode of .WAV Radio below.

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BELIEVE WHAT I SAY (snippet) pic.twitter.com/U7Y2KQJ5UC

— ye (@kanyewest) September 26, 2020

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Kanye West claims he’ll return his share of masters to G.O.O.D. Music artists

Kanye West claims he’ll return his share of masters to G.O.O.D. Music artists
West says he owns 50% of G.O.O.D. Music artists’ masters.

By Jordan Darville

September 23, 2020

Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images

 

Kanye West has, by the grace of God, hit the brakes on publically discussing his spoiler 2020 campaign in favor of airing his grievances with his labels Universal Music Group and Sony. It began last week when West tweeted out hundreds of pages of his record deal, asking lawyers to review them, and insisting that he will liberate musicians trapped in unfair deals.

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On Wednesday, West took a tentative step towards his goal, claiming in a tweet that he would return to artists on his label G.O.O.D. Music the 50% ownership of their master recordings that he controls. “I’m giving all Good music artist[s] back the 50% share I have of their masters,” he wrote. See the tweet below:

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I’m giving all Good music artist back the 50% share I have of their masters

— ye (@kanyewest) September 23, 2020

It’s another story whether or not West will actually follow through on this promise, or if the record contracts he and his G.O.O.D. Music artists signed actually allow for it. In the event that it does go through, however, it could be a massive windfall for artists like Big Sean, John Legend, Teyana Taylor, Pusha-T, and many more G.O.O.D. Music artists past and present.

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West emphasized the importance of an artist owning their masters during his Twitter spree last week. “When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights,” he wrote. “Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music.”

The FADER has reached out for more information.

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Kanye West calls out Universal for “unfair” music contracts, Hit-Boy chimes in

Kanye West calls out Universal for “unfair” music contracts, Hit-Boy chimes in
The rapper has called the music industry a “modern day slave ship.”

By Jordan Darville

September 16, 2020

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Before Kanye West became a spoiler candidate for president, he was a popular musician, and like many of them, he has a record deal with a major label. On Wednesday, West fired off a tweetstorm that brought his issues with Universal Music Group, the parent company of Def Jam and his label G.O.O.D. Music into sharp relief. West is pursuing ownership of his master recordings but claims that he is being held back by over ten different record contracts; West went on to tweet hundreds of pages of documents over dozens of tweets and asked “every lawyer in the world” to review them.

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West’s issues with Universal were backed by producer Hit-Boy, who worked with West on songs like “Niggas In Paris” and “Clique” and was signed to G.O.O.D. Music for two years. Writing on Instagram, Hit-Boy blasted Universal’s publishing wing, Universal Music Publishing. “@umpg has held me in what the last 3 lawyers Ive hired have referred to as the ‘worst publishing contact [sic] they’ve ever seen’ since I was 19 years old… If they’re doing this to me with all I’ve accomplished through hard work I can only imagine the kids who don’t have big placements/ proper guidance.”

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The FADER has reached out to UMG for comment.

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Judge bars Kanye West from appearing on the Arizona presidential ballot

Judge bars Kanye West from appearing on the Arizona presidential ballot
A voter’s lawsuit claims the bid would “cause confusion” in Arizona.

By Sajae Elder

September 04, 2020

Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images.

 

A judge has barred Kanye West from appearing on the presidential ballot in Arizona, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Judge Scott McCoy’s decision was based on the lawsuit of Arizona resident Rasean Clayton, who challenged West’s candidacy and concluded the bid would “create confusion for voters,” and cause “irreparable harm.”

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This comes just a day after the rapper’s campaign turned in 58,000 signatures in order to appear on the ballot. Clayton’s lawsuit accused West of serving as an “election spoiler,” going on to explain that state law should prevent West, a registered Republican, from running as an independent candidate. West’s attorneys confirmed they will appeal the barring to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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Since announcing his on-again, off-again presidential campaign back in early July, West has had varying luck in a number of states. While he qualified to appear on ballots in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Tennessee, and Utah, he did not qualify in Ohio, Montana, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and a few other states. He was removed from the ballot in his home state of Illinois due to a large number of the submitted signatures being deemed “invalid,” and his removal from the Virginia ballot came after a judge found that 11 of the 13 required “Elector Oath” campaign support pledges were “obtained by improper, fraudulent and/or misleading means.”

So far, West’s legal team has filed lawsuits to challenge some of these decisions.

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Kanye West has been kicked off the presidential ballot in Virginia

Kanye West has been kicked off the presidential ballot in Virginia
The rapper’s unraveling spoiler campaign for the White House has filed lawsuits against three other states for removing him from the ballot.

By Jordan Darville

September 03, 2020

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A judge in Virginia’s Richmond Circuit Court has removed Kanye West from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot, according to Laura Vozzella of The Washington Post.

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The decision comes after a lawsuit filed by a firm connected to several prominent Virginia Democrats which alleged that the rapper used invalid electors to get on the ballot. The judge agreed, writing that 11 of Kanye’s 13 electors “were obtained by improper, fraudulent and/or misleading means.”

West has been accused of collaborating with Republican operatives to push his campaign forward, and his representation in court fit that pattern. According to VPM reporter Ben Paviour, West was represented in court by Chris Kowalczuk, who described himself in 2003 as a “hard-core Republican.” Kowalczuk also reportedly “emphasized West’s race to the Black judge at least three times as a reason to avoid a rushed judgment” in today’s hearing.

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This week, West filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Frank Larose, who removed West from the 2020 ballot, citing “mismatched information on the signature documents.” He has ongoing lawsuits against Arizona and West Virginia, which have also deemed his presidential run ineligible for their states.

Previously unreleased video for Tyga and Kanye West’s “Feel Me” surfaces

Previously unreleased video for Tyga and Kanye West’s “Feel Me” surfaces
The clip features a larger-than-life Kim Kardashian essentially giving birth to Kylie Jenner.

By Sajae Elder

September 03, 2020

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A previously unreleased video for Tyga‘s Kanye West-assisted track “Feel Me” has surfaced thanks to the clip’s director. Eli Russell Linnetz, who also directed West’s “Fade” and “Famous” videos, shared the clip to Instagram on Wednesday. “I directed this three years ago,” he says in the post’s caption.

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The video for the single, which appeared on Tyga’s BitchImTheShit2, reportedly took five months and $1 million to make but was ultimately scrapped when Jenner and Tyga ended their relationship in 2017. The clip finds larger-than-life versions of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner and even features a scene where the former seemingly gives birth to the latter.

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Linnetz later confirmed this interpretation to E! News. “It features Kylie coming out of Kim’s vagina,” he explained. “The metaphorical meaning being that there would be no Kylie without Kim.”

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He went on to explain the video’s concept as “the visual smashing of American iconography, man-made machinery battling man-made women, a battle of machines set in a futuristic mysterious magic arena.”

Watch the video above.

Thumbnail image via YouTube

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The FADER has reached out to Linnetz and representatives for Kanye West for comment.

Watch Nick Cannon interview Kanye West

Watch Nick Cannon interview Kanye West
In a preview for the full interview, West denies claims his presidential campaign is being funded by the Republican party.

By Sajae Elder

September 01, 2020

Nick Cannon recently sat down with Kanye West for his Cannon’s Class podcast, sharing the first part of a larger interview on Monday. The 44-minute clip saw them discuss religion, West’s on-again, off-again presidential run, and his perceived omission from Forbes.

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“I was snubbed by a magazine but I was recognized by god,” West said around the 6-minute mark. “The first time that I was put in the hospital in 2016, I actually started reading the bible. That was part of what god hit me with. You know, god has a calling on all of us and he uses us in different ways.”

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Later in the of the interview, West doubles down on his anti-abortion stance, claiming his speech at a rally in South Carolina likely inspired others to feel the same. He went on to connect the name of his political party, the Birthday Party, to his pro-life stance. “The connection point to the Birthday Party is dealing with life,” he explained. “These are kids that are now going to get a chance to have birthdays.”

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In a preview of the full interview, West addressed reports that Republicans are financially backing his presidential bid. “People keep saying ‘I think you and the Republicans are in cahoots,'” West said. “Bro, can’t nobody pay me! I got more money than Trump!”

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Watch part 1 of the interview above.

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Kanye West sues Ohio election chief over removal from presidential ballot

Kanye West sues Ohio election chief over removal from presidential ballot
The rapper’s bid to get on the November ballot has run into yet more issues.

By David Renshaw

August 27, 2020

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Kanye West is suing Ohio’s election chief as he bids to be placed on the November presidential ballot, Assosciated Press reports. The legal action follows news earlier this week that the Secretary of State deemed West unqualified to be an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

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Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose previously rejected nearly 15,000 signatures and other paperwork submitted by West, with mismatched information on the signature-gathering documents cited as the reason for the decision.

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According to the AP report, attorneys for West’s campaign in Ohio allege that it is LaRose’s duty to accept any petition for an independent candidate as long as there is no protest filed against the petition and it doesn’t violate Ohio law.

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West’s issues in Ohio follow news last week that the state elections board in Illinois removed him from their ballot, claiming he hadn’t submitted enough petition signatures. The rapper and business mogul has also faced a similar fate in Wisconsin, Montana New Jersey, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania. At the time of writing West is on the ballot in Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont.

Kanye West sued by tech company, accused of failing to pay for work

Kanye West sued by tech company, accused of failing to pay for work
Black-owned tech company MyChannel, Inc. accuses Kanye West of failing to pay for $7 million in work.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 25, 2020

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A new report by TMZ says that Kanye West is being sued by Black-owned tech company MyChannel, Inc. for breaching an agreement they had in place and failing to pay the company for its services. Per the report, MyChannel says that West first started working with the company around Spring 2018, in an effort to increase revenue for Yeezy, his clothing company. MyChannel allege that they provided services to West for six months “based on a series of business promises,” such as a $10 million investment from the rapper. According to Pitchfork, MyChannel’s lawsuit also alleges that the company did $7 million in work for Yeezy, which was never paid for.

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Furthermore, MyChannel states that it moved headquarters to Calabasas and Chicago — West’s place of residence and hometown, respectively — to suit his needs. The company claims that West was only interested in MyChannel so that he could crib its technology for his Sunday Service series. The company seeks over $20 million in damages. Read TMZ’s full report here.

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Kanye West is polling at 2% with Black voters

Kanye West is polling at 2% with Black voters
A new poll shows the rapper’s 2020 campaign has failed to make inroads with African Americans.

By Jordan Darville

August 12, 2020

Kanye West by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

 

Kanye West‘s 2020 campaign for President is supported by just 2% of Black voters, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. His support among overall registered voters is also stuck at 2% — for comparison’s sake, the “no opinion” option of the poll was chosen by 9% of registered voters.

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Pundits from across the political spectrum insisted that West’s presence on the ballot would siphon votes away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but Biden’s nine-point lead over President Donald Trump is unchanged with the addition of West to the ballot. “It’s more of yet another Kanye publicity stunt,” Ron Christie, a Black Republican strategist, told Politico. “Democrats traditionally get 90-plus percent of the black vote. I think a lot of people are going to look at Kanye and just say, ‘I don’t think so.’”

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The poll may trouble the Republican operatives who have been working to get Kanye West on the ballot in order to help Trump in swing states. Their efforts have faced headwinds: West’s nominations in Illinois and Wisconsin have been challenged with allegations that fake names and addresses were used.

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West’s polling has remained stagnant since June, when a separate poll from Redfield & Wilson Strategies found 2% of registered voters supporting his candidacy. Since then, West has held a widely-criticized campaign rally in South Carolina that caused his wife Kim Kardashian-West to raise concerns for his mental health.

Kanye West removed from Illinois ballot, may face election fraud investigation

Kanye West removed from Illinois ballot, may face election fraud investigation
Nearly 2000 signatures on the rapper’s petition were ruled invalid.

By Sajae Elder

August 10, 2020

Photo: Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images.

 

Kanye West’s on-again, off-again Presidential bid is facing another significant hurdle. The rapper’s home state of Illinois has opted to remove his name from the ballot, according to TMZ. A reported review of the legitimacy of West’s petition to be included on the ballot showed that 1,928 signatures were flagged as “invalid” out of 3,128, putting him under the minimum requirement of 2,500 valid signatures to have his name added to the ballot.

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The reasons the names were deemed invalid were not made clear, but some may include illegible names, fake names, and address or non-registered voters. Illinois is the second state to remove his name from the ballot for the same reason, following New Jersey.

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As a result, political analyst April Ryan says West may be subject to an election-fraud investigation. “Two states declaring #KanyeWest ineligible to be on #POTUS ballot due to faulty signatures could open him up to an #ElectionFraud investigation,” Ryan tweeted.

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Two states declaring #KanyeWest inelligible to be on #POTUS ballot due to faulty signatures could open him up to an #ElectionFraud investigation.

I would imagine other states where reported GOP operatives assisted him to get on the ballot will soon be reviewing. #Election2020

— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) August 9, 2020

Recently, it was revealed West was working with key Republican figures on his campaign in Vermont and Arkansas. Back in July, the rapper was polling at 2% nationally.

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Kanye West reportedly used Trump lawyer to secure place on Wisconsin ballot

Kanye West reportedly used Trump lawyer to secure place on Wisconsin ballot
Lane Ruhland is currently representing Trump’s campaign in a federal case against a tiny local TV station.

By David Renshaw

August 05, 2020

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Kanye West’s links to GOP politicians has turned up a third name after he officially submitted signatures to appear on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin on Tuesday. VICE News reports that the signatures were dropped off by experienced GOP operative Lane Ruhland. Ruhland declined to confirm her role in West’s plans when asked by a reporter working for the publication.

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Ruhland is one of a small number of GOP election lawyers in Wisconsin and a former legal counsel for the state Republican Party. She is also representing Trump’s re-election campaign in a federal lawsuit against a tiny TV station in the state. That lawsuit involves a Democratic super PAC advert that ran on TV stations in Wisconsin earlier this year.

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VICE News states that Ruhland “currently works at Husch Blackwell, a national law firm. Before that, she served in a number of fairly senior roles in Wisconsin GOP circles.” These include director of environmental and energy policy at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, “a GOP-leaning business group that often helps fund Republican candidates.”

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News of Ruhland’s involvement in West’s nascent bid to become president follows the revelation that the rapper has also used Chuck Wilton to secure a place on the ballot in Vermont and Gregg Keller in Arkansas. Keller has previously worked with prominent Republican politicians including Mitt Romney while Wilton will serve as a delegate for President Trump at this year’s RNC in Charlotte.

In July West was polling at 2% nationally. His new album Donda, scheduled for a July 24 release, has yet to be seen. The rapper and designer’s wife, Kim Kardashian, has expressed concern for her husband’s mental health following her husband’s recent public appearances and statements.

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Kanye West’s presidential campaign linked to Republican politicians

Kanye West’s presidential campaign linked to Republican politicians
West is reportedly working the GOP figures in both Vermont and Arkansas.

By David Renshaw

August 04, 2020

Kanye West attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 92nd annual Oscars.

 

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Two people aiding Kanye West’s fledgling presidential campaign have links to Republican Party politics, The Intelligencer reports.

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West, a major supporter of Trump and the Republican Party in recent years, has distanced himself from party politics and recently told Forbes he was “taking the red hat off.” However, it has emerged that he is leaning on figures from the center right as he attempts to get his name on the ballot in a number of states ahead of the November election.

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The Intelligencer states that Chuck Wilton, one of West’s electors in the state of Vermont, will also serve as a delegate for President Trump at this year’s RNC in Charlotte after being elected by the Vermont Republican Party in May. Wilton told the publication that had been connected to the West campaign “through political contacts.”

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“Somebody said that Vermont needs electors for certain people and [it was] something I said that I’m more than willing to do,” Wilton is quoted as saying while adding that he believed West to be “center right,” something they had in common.

In addition to Wilton, West is also working with Gregg Keller in Arkansas. Keller was listed as the campaign’s point of contact in a filing with the Arkansas Secretary of State on Monday, August 3. Keller has previously worked with prominent Republican politicians including Mitt Romney.

This week will be key to West’s presidential campaign as he attempts to successfully get on the ballot in Wisconsin and Ohio, two key swing states in the 2020 election. He successfully filed to appear on the ballot in Arkansas, West Virginia, and Vermont on Monday. Last week it was reported that the Illinois Board of Elections will examine the validity of West’s petition papers after three separate objections were filed.

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In July West was polling at 2% nationally. His new album Donda, scheduled for a July 24 release, has yet to be seen. The rapper and designer’s wife, Kim Kardashian, has expressed concern for her husband’s mental health following her husband’s recent public appearances and statements.

The Fader has contacted reps for Kanye West and the Republican National Committee for comment.

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The Illinois Board of Elections is reportedly challenging the validity of Kanye West’s presidential bid

The Illinois Board of Elections is reportedly challenging the validity of Kanye West’s presidential bid
There’s probably a “Homecoming” pun in here, somewhere.

By Salvatore Maicki

July 28, 2020

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Kanye West’s presidential campaign is facing new challenges in his home state. According to a report from TMZ, the Illinois Board of Elections will examine the validity of West’s petition papers after three separate objections were filed. One of the objectors tells the site that he has reason to believe that less than 1,000 of the 3,200 signatures filed are authentic.

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As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, West filed his petition to appear on the state’s ballot just minutes before the deadline earlier this month. Normally, 25,000 valid signatures are required for a major party candidate to appear on Illinois’s presidential ballot. However, since West is running as an independent, he only needs 10% of that number — just 2,500 signatures.

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Despite prior reports suggesting that West’s campaign is over, and missing the deadline to appear on the ballot in key states such as Texas and Indiana, it appears that he’s set on seeing this one through, at least for the time being. Earlier this month, he was polling at 2% nationally. His new album Donda, which was supposed to drop last week, has yet to be seen.

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The FADER has reached out to the Illinois Board of Elections for further comment.

Kim Kardashian asks for “grace” in statement on Kanye West’s mental health

Kim Kardashian asks for “grace” in statement on Kanye West’s mental health
West’s recent public appearances have led his wife to issue a lengthy statement.

By Jordan Darville

July 22, 2020

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Kim Kardashian West, the wife of rapper Kanye West, has shared a statement on Instagram addressing her husband’s recent public appearances and statements.

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Concern for West grew as the rapper, who lives with bipolar disorder, began behaving erratically as speculation and confusion grew around his 2020 presidential bid. During a rally in South Carolina, West broke down crying when discussing his family’s history with abortion and made widely condemned remarks diminishing Harriett Tubman’s contribution to anti-slavery.

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West’s appearance was followed with a series of now-deleted tweets over several days. The posts accused Kardashian of attempting to commit him against his will, calling his mother-in-law Kris Jenner “Kris Jong-Un,” and accusing Kim Kardashian of infidelity for meeting with Meek Mill in a hotel to discuss prison reform; West claimed that he had been attempting to divorce Kardashian because of this meeting with Meek Mill.

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On Wednesday, Kardashian posted a statement on Instagram asking the public for “empathy and compassion” as West struggles with his illness. “We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole,” she wrote, “however we should also give grace to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most.”

Read the statement below via Stereogum:

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As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand. I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.

Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that family is powerless unless the member is a minor. People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.

I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of a being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.

Living with bi-polar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams or creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some. That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.

We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give grace to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most. I kindly ask that the media and the public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed to that we can get through this. Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well being and for your understanding.

With Love and Gratitude,

Kim Kardashian West

Kanye West tweets new album DONDA is out on Friday

Kanye West tweets new album DONDA is out on Friday
The follow-up to Jesus Is King is imminent.

By David Renshaw

July 21, 2020

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Days after hosting a rally in South Carolina ahead of a proposed presidential bid, Kanye West has announced details of his next album. According to a tweet posted on Tuesday, DONDA will be out this Friday, July 24.

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West shared a screenshot of him working on the 12-track album alongside the planned release date. Recent Travis Scott collaboration “Wash Us In The Blood” does not feature, nor does “DONDA,” a recent song which featured a sample of his late mother’s birthday. Track titles proposed for the album include “I Know God Breathed On This” and “Space X – Alien,” plus “New Body.” The latter track was originally set to appear on last year’s much-delayed Jesus Is King with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign features (it’s unconfirmed whether either of the guest verses will be on the album).

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DONDA coming this Friday pic.twitter.com/HGibF3PHYf

— ye (@kanyewest) July 21, 2020

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Should DONDA be released on Friday it will be Kanye’s first studio album since 2019’s Jesus Is King. 2019 also brought the release of Jesus Is Born, the debut album from his Sunday Service Choir The year before Kanye shared ye plus his collaborative LP with Kid Cudi KIDS SEE GHOSTS.

Here’s everything that went down at Kanye West’s South Carolina rally

Here’s everything that went down at Kanye West’s South Carolina rally
The first political gathering of West’s 2020 run went as smoothly as you would imagine.

By Jordan Darville

July 20, 2020

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On Sunday, Kanye West held a presidential campaign rally at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. The event was as hastily thrown together and indecipherable as the news cycle leading up to it, which was defined by days of will-he-won’t-he speculation on the rapper’s political ambitions.

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The rally, which lasted for an hour and was captured on video by The Sun, did not leave us with any more concrete ideas about West’s theoretical White House run. It appears to be on shaky ground in a practical sense: his attempt to round up enough signatures to get on the South Carolina ballot was a failure. Just last week, a get-out-the-vote specialist hired by West named Steve Kramer said the rapper was dropping out of the race, but West’s campaign was revived days later when he submitted a Statement of Candidacy to the FEC.

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Ideologically, West’s political persona does not fair much better. His Forbes interview gave us some insight: anti-vaccines, anti-abortion, and pro-running the White House like the Black Panther kingdom of Wakanda. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these positions did not result in a groundswell of support: a poll suggested that West would only gather 2% of the vote.

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It is tempting to ignore West’s presidential run. It may be a promotional tool for his upcoming album DONDA (which he teased on Sunday with a since-deleted tweet), but after viewing this rally, I don’t believe that’s the full story. Similarly, armchair psychiatry is poisonous and provides no insight. Kanye West is attempting to do something around the 2020 presidential election, and our politically engaged, thoughtful readers deserve as much information and context around it as possible. Even if West’s positions change tomorrow — and they likely will — their discussions at a political rally and the key points are worthy of a spotlight. For that, read on:

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He cast himself as a prophet

West acknowledged that his speech could have a negative effect on his business ventures, but claimed: “When God calls Moses, he has to leave his comfy job… to free the people.”

He expressed support for undocumented workers

“There’s no such thing as an illegal immigrant… People that have been working here and supporting the world, then they need the opportunity for their freedom… for the country that they’ve worked for,” he said.

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He reiterated his opposition to abortion using his own wife’s experience, broke down crying, then said everyone who had a baby would get $1 million

West kicked off a portion of the speech about Planned Parenthood (which he previously accused of genocide) with a joke about Kim Kardashian calling him crying and praying he didn’t give her AIDS. It didn’t get better from there. I won’t repeat what West said about Kardashian in this context, because she likely did not consent to him revealing such a deeply personal story. West at one point acknowledges the possibility of Kardashian divorcing him because of the speech.

Kanye West crying on stage at his campaign event in South Carolina pic.twitter.com/GsHAnZQG1c

— STRAPPED | Hip-Hop/Rap Updates (@STRAPPEDUS) July 19, 2020

West then revisited his mother’s decision not to have an abortion. “My mom saved my life,” he said of Dr. Donda West. “My dad wanted to abort me… there would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy.” West begins to weep and wail “I almost killed my daughter,” referring to North West.

These anecdotes led West to his point: he wants pay everyone $1 million per child. “My stance is not to make abortion illegal at all. it should always be legal… but there should always be an option of ‘maximum increase’ should be available. ‘Maximum increase’ would be everybody who haves a baby gets a million dollars.”

He downplayed Harriet Tubman’s contribution to abolition

In one of his more toxic statements of the evening, West insisted that Tubman’s liberation of slaves was insufficient because they didn’t become business owners. “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves go work for other white people.” The remark prompted outrage from the audience, with one member remarking “Come on, Kanye.”

Kanye West: “Harriet Tubman actually never freed the slaves. She just took them to work for other white people.” pic.twitter.com/rFB5X0bTC6

— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 19, 2020

He swore a lot

Around the release of his gospel album Jesus Is King, West promised that he was done with swearing both in his music and his personal life. It’s safe to say from the rally that this conviction has lapsed.

He acknowledged global white supremacy

“We understand that we live in a white supremacist world, and until that is equalized,” he said, “people stand on rights that make them more equal.”

He promised to release those incarcerated on weed charges

“Everyone in jail for marijuana will be free,” he claimed.

He accused an audience member of being a TMZ operative

The end of the rally devolved into an unintelligible mess of competing voices. At one point, West took it out on one person in particular: “You are a Black person sent by TMZ to fuck my rally up.” The person’s face covering, likely a precaution against the coronavirus, was used against them as well by West. “You’re covering your face up so we don’t even know who you are.” Another heckler in the back of the audience was escorted out by security.

He claimed he wouldn’t use his faith to oppress anyone

“I am not going to pacify you with things that I don’t believe in, but I will not put laws on things that you do believe in… I am not that kind of Christian,” West insisted. “Jesus loves everybody.”

Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on the Oklahoma state ballot

Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on the Oklahoma state ballot
There’s no word on whether the rapper intends to mount a full campaign, though.

By Sajae Elder

July 16, 2020

Photo: Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty Images.

 

After earlier reports that Kanye West failed to file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for his Presidential bid, it seems now the rapper actually did begin the process.

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The “Statement of Organization,” which puts West on the Oklahoma general election ballot, was filed days after a political operative for West named Steve Kramer said he was officially out of the race. That particular filing only establishes “a principal campaign committee” for the rapper, who is listed as the Birthday Party candidate. On Thursday morning, the rapper also filed a Statement of Candidacy. He would have also had to pay a $35,000 filing fee to run as an independent candidate and eventually show proof that over $5,000 in campaign activity had been raised.

Last week, Kramer told Intelligencer that Kanye West was “out” after attempting to get on ballots in Florida and South Carolina. “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled,” he said.

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The last few weeks have seen Kanye announce his campaign, seemingly lose and then re-gain one of his biggest supporters Elon Musk and speak about his White House hopes in a bizarre interview with Forbes. In it, he expressed a desire to run the White House like Wakanda, that he would have run as a Republican if Trump was not already the party’s official nominee, and that assumptions about the alignment of Black people and the Democratic Party is “a form of racism and white supremacy.”

Kanye West is polling at 2% in the 2020 presidential race

Kanye West is polling at 2% in the 2020 presidential race
The first poll to include the rapper and artist was all bad news for his White House aspirations.

By Jordan Darville

July 14, 2020

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Kanye West may not have filled out the paperwork for his allegedly serious run for the presidency in 2020, but a new poll from Redfield & Wilton Strategies could throw cold water on his nascent independent bid. According to the survey, West is polling at a meager 2%, and may actually pull one percentage point from President Donald Trump when West’s name is mentioned. Check out a summary of the poll below:

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National Poll:
Biden 48% (+8)
Trump 40%
Jorgensen (L) 1%
Hawkins (G) 1%

When @kanyewest included in the poll:
Biden 48% (+9)
Trump 39%
West 2%
Jorgensen (L) 2%
Hawkins (G) 1%@RedfieldWilton (July 9)

— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) July 13, 2020

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West admitted in a recent interview with Forbes that he would be happy if his independent bid drew enough votes from Vice President Joe Biden to reelect Trump. “I’m not denying,” he said, “I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”

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West has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump since his election in 2016, and told Forbes that Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic led him to change his mind. Yesterday, Chance The Rapper suggested that he would vote for West over Biden, and kicked off an internet firestorm.

Elon Musk is still in support of Kanye West’s presidential bid after all

Elon Musk is still in support of Kanye West’s presidential bid after all
The billionaire founder said the rapper “explained some of the reasoning” behind his words.

By Sajae Elder

July 14, 2020

Photo: Oliver Contreras – Pool/Saul Martinez/Getty Images.

 

Following Kanye West’s disturbing interview with Forbes, it seemed like the rapper had lost his biggest supporter, billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk. Now, it seems like that may not actually be the case, according to Page Six.

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In the Forbes interview, West made a variety of far-right statements that included claims that Planned Parenthood “does the devil’s work” and a rejection of vaccines. Speaking with Page Six, Musk claimed that West spoke to him later about the comments. “Kanye explained afterward some of the reasoning behind why he said what he said,” Musk said. He did not go into detail about which of West’s comments he disagreed with, nor which were subsequently clarified by the rapper. “It makes more sense than many people, including me, realized.”

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Musk affirmed his support for West’s 2020 bid, but went on to say that he thinks Kanye would be better off running in 2024. When asked to explain why that might be, however, he was fairly cryptic. “Brevity is the sole meunière of wheat,” he said.

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Musk’s suggestion that West delay his campaign comes as reports emerge that the rapper has yet to file any official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in support of such a campaign, and is currently polling at 2% in the race.

Kanye West pays birthday tribute to his mom on “DONDA”

Kanye West pays birthday tribute to his mom on “DONDA”
The late Donda West recites KRS-One lyrics on the new song.

By David Renshaw

July 13, 2020

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Kanye West has posted a musical tribute to his late mother, Donda West, to mark what would have been her 71st birthday. “DONDA” opens with a recording of West’s late mother reading the lyrics of KRS-One’s “Sound of da Police” over a soulful instrumental.

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In the second half od the short track Kanye raps: “Mama I need you to tuck me in/ I done made some mistakes and they rubbed it in/ I know you and grandma had enough of them/ Why I gotta be so stubborn then/ I’m doin this one for y’all/ So we can end racism once and for all.”

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Donda West died in 2007, age 58, following complications from surgery. Earlier this month Kanye returned to his idea of running for president, claiming he was being supported in his efforts by billionaire Elon Music. West outlined his anti-vaccine, pro-life platform in a lengthy Forbes interview.

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In loving memory of my incredible mother on her birthday 🕊 My mom reciting KRS1 lyrics This song is called DONDA pic.twitter.com/YWKhqYYu2E

— ye (@kanyewest) July 13, 2020

Elon Musk seems to be rethinking his endorsement of Kanye West

Elon Musk seems to be rethinking his endorsement of Kanye West
”We may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated.”

By Sajae Elder

July 09, 2020

Photo: Angela Weiss / Win McNamee / AFP / Getty Images.

 

Kanye West may have just lost one of the biggest supporters in his quest for the Presidency. Tesla founder Elon Musk, who previously tweeted his “full support” of the rapper, is now rethinking his position following West’s interview with Forbes where he revealed, among other things, a desire to run the White House like Wakanda.

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“We may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated,” Musk said in a since-deleted tweet when asked about his continued support of West. In the same interview, West referred to Musk as one of two trusted advisors alongside his wife Kim, and shared plans to put him in charge of NASA if he won.

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— ً (@uItraIightbeann) July 8, 2020

West also referred to his possible future policies as “designs,” says Planned Parenthood “[does] the Devil’s work,” admitted he needed to do more research before having any tax policy, and shared that he had COVID-19 back in February but is distrustful of potential vaccines. “I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us,” he explained.

Support or not, West has reportedly not submitted any of the required paperwork to actually run for President. Recently, it was also reported that Kanye received millions of dollars in federal loans meant for small businesses struggling in the wake of COVID-19.

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Kanye West says he wants to run the White House like Wakanda

Kanye West says he wants to run the White House like Wakanda
Talking up his run for president in a new interview, Kanye also criticized Joe Biden and claimed he caught coronavirus in February.

By David Renshaw

July 08, 2020

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Kanye West has given some of the first insight into his bid to run for the presidency of the United States in a wide-ranging interview with Forbes.

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Speaking with the magazine for over four hours via phone from his Wyoming ranch, West stated that he’s running for president in 2020 under a new banner—the Birthday Party—with guidance from Elon Musk and Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball as his vice presidential candidate. The rapper also revealed anti-vaccer and pro-life opinions as well as suggesting Marvel’s Black Panther is the model of how government should be run. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life,” West said of his plans, “I’m doing to win.”

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West has repeatedly discussed running for president and returned to the idea earlier this month shortly after dropping new song “Wash Us In The Blood” and confirming work on a new album. Speaking to Forbes, West said he would run as a Republican candidate if Trump were not in place and that he has little concern about potentially taking votes from Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

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“I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way,” West told the magazine. “And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”

West remained vague on many of areas of policy, stating that he prefers to think of things as “designs.” However, there is a role for Elon Musk in the White House: “I proposed to him to be the head of our space program,” West said of the billionaire Tesla founder.

Speaking from home, West revealed that he contracted coronavirus in February (“Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it”) but that he remains wary of any potential vaccine.

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“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyze,” he’s quoted as saying. “So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.”

Elsewhere West was critical of Planned Parenthood, who he said “have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work,” and claimed that Jared Kushner once asked him why “we don’t have Black leaders, we just have hustlers.”

Though vague on taxes and foreign policy, West said the fictional country of Wakanda, as depicted in Black Panther, was how he wants to run America. “I’m gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it’s the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House… Let’s get back to Wakanda… like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine—like big pharma—we are going to work, innovate, together. This is not going to be some Nipsey Hussle being murdered, they’re doing a documentary, we have so many soldiers that die for our freedom, our freedom of information, that there is a cure for AIDS out there, there is going to be a mix of big pharma and holistic.”

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The interview was published after it was revealed this week that West reportedly hasn’t filed any paperwork to run for president and that his Yeezy company received millions in loans from the federal pandemic loan program to guide them through the coronavirus crisis.