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Kanye West defends pro-Trump politics in new song

Saturday - 28/04/2018 19:16
After a week of controversial Twitter postings, Kanye West has defended his political views in a new song.
Donald Trump and Kanye WestImage / GETTY IMAGES / Donald met Kanye in 2016
Donald Trump and Kanye WestImage / GETTY IMAGES / Donald met Kanye in 2016

The track Ye vs. The People sees the star trading lyrics with fellow-rapper T.I., who takes him to task over his support of Donald Trump.

"You representin' dudes who seem crude and cold-hearted," argues T.I., adding that West is emboldening "white supremacy".

But the star stands his ground, insisting that he's "fighting for the people".

Alluding to a photo he posted of himself wearing Donald Trump's famous Make America Great Again baseball cap, West raps: "Wearing the hat will show people that we are equal."

"You gotta see the vantage point of the people," spits back T.I. "What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil."

West won't be swayed, however.

'Dragon energy'

"Make America Great Again had a negative perception," he says. "I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction/ Added empathy, caring, love and affection/ And y'all simply questioning my methods."

West - a mercurial and contrary performer at the best of times - has courted controversy with his support for President Trump and conservative commentators like Scott Adams and Candace Owens, who has spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement.

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He first suggested an affinity with Trump during his 2016 US tour, praising the president-elect's communication style while noting he had not voted.

Speaking on his reactivated Twitter feed earlier this week, West called Trump "my brother" and said they shared the same "dragon energy".

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