Kanye West is a name that causes a lot of controversy in the media spotlight. On one hand, he’s an amazing rapper and producer that has given us some fire hits over the years. On the other, he can come off as a pompous d*ck sometimes in the spotlight.
Over the last few years, West has gotten some backlash from fans and the media after he showed up to support Donald Trump before his election win. New York City DJ and radio host, Ebro Darden, claims that West said in a phone conversation that he does “love” Donald Trump.
The HOT97 radio host had posted a photo on his Instagram of Beyoncé at Coachella with the caption “Nothing else matters when we have this,” talking about black people looking up to Beyoncé. He also wrote, “NOTE: now we know why they don’t do playdates.” This, of course, is referring to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s kids and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s kids.
Kanye reached out with a friend to speak to Darden about the caption and discuss some politics after West recently went on a pretty pro-right, conservative Twitter rampage.
Darden claimed that West was only talking politics for promotion, seeing as he has a bunch of albums dropping this summer. Darden also questioned his love for Donald Trump, and West claimed that he does love Donald Trump. The rest of the phone conversation with West had to mostly do with personal things with his media image–how he believes he’s been demonized and that no one showed him love when he was in the hospital and addicted to opioids.
West claimed that he “reached out to Obama for years and he didn’t get a response but Trump gave him a meeting right away.” Darden responded by saying “Trump played you.” Rosenberg, another host from the same show, called out West and his “ego,” claiming he’s probably still mad at Obama for calling him a jackass after the VMA scandal with Taylor Swift.
As well, all of the hosts believe West is living in a “bubble.” After marrying into Kim Kardashian’s family, the rapper hardly ever leaves their pampered and rich “circle,” out of touch with the “real problems” that people are dying for today.
The hosts asked fans if they would still bump Kanye West and enjoy his music knowing that he’s following Donald Trump and supporting these anti-black movements. A lot of fans says that he’s falling into an agenda for FOX and other conservatives use, trying to use “naive black people” to persuade the masses. Others said that his views now don’t match up to his older music, the things he used to rap about in the past.
Other fans took to Twitter discussing how this isn’t right in their eyes.
Kanye West told @oldmanebro that he “loved Donald trump” — that shit really broke my heart.— Lil' Buñuelo (@JuanitoLombia) April 23, 2018
I'm going to be completely honest...I'm shocked Kanye West is a Donald Trump supporter like what the fuck man— ? sophia reed ? (@whaddup_sophia) April 24, 2018
So @kanyewest professes his love for that Cheeto fuck because Trump gave him a meeting when Obama wouldn't. Bro can't see that he was used as a prop, Obama had no need for that shit. Ye thinks Trump gives a shit about his ideas, Trump just wants the photo op and the cool by proxy— The Man of Tomorrow (@TheIronistIX) April 23, 2018
Can you believe the @kanyewest that loves Donald Trump is the the same Kanye who said George Bush doesn’t care about black ppl in 2004.— Brandon Brown ? (@brandonbrown617) April 24, 2018
Fuck @kanyewest album have trump supporters buy that bullshit. I see why Jay isn’t really fuckin with you— Space City Brothers Podcast (@spacecitybros) April 23, 2018
Dear @kanyewest as one of your last remaining fans I have to say I can't listen to your music anymore bruh. Can't believe you of all people would sell out a culture YOU HELPED BUILD for album publicity. Trash smh— Kool on tha Bluff (@_inthebalcony) April 23, 2018
@kanyewest— The Fresh Prince (@BornVerified) April 23, 2018
I’m Beyond disappointed in you .....
What was the cost for your soul ? $$$$
Shame I had to hear it from @oldmanebro that you still blaming your own demons on “people not helping you” Fuck you look like Co-signing Donald Trump Racist movements.
Just heard Kanye West loves Donald Trump, my heart broke a little. But that his life, everyone entitled to their opinions though— Jëan Grèy as kiLL Edward (@GreyMatterrs) April 23, 2018
Your husband @kanyewest has lost his f-ing mind. He’s dead to me. I will never buy another one of his records again. All the time I’ve wasted defending his stupid antics and he praises @realDonaldTrump. Get divorced fast.— Shane Hawkins (@Shaneisthtbc) April 24, 2018
Check out the full radio segment here.