SOTD: Ye vs. the people
Kanye dropped a new song yesterday called Ye vs. the People (Starring TI as the People). The song, featuring rapper T.I., is most obviously influenced by T.I.'s album T.I. vs. T.I.P. Ye's song features a sort of call-and-response technique where Kanye raps a few lines then T.I. responds. The whole song alternates like this.
Though the debate on the song is most likely premeditated...T.I. truly feels what he's saying, according to his Instagram. He posted the day prior the release of the song, "Yesterday spent the day wit Kanye... Long term work in progress, no doubt. Still optimistic. Something from our discussion gon stick... I refuse to just give up on him. The old Ye too important!!!"
Kanye touches on the hat wearing, too. He says, "Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin' for the people. Actually, wearin' the hat'll show people that we equal."
T.I. (the people) responds, "You gotta see the vantage point of the people. What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil."
Full lyrics below:
[Intro: Four Tops]
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
I had for us
You turned my dreams into dust
I watch a phone that, I had for us
You turned my dreams into dust
[Verse: Kanye West & T.I.]
I know Obama was Heaven-sent
But ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be President
Yeah, you can, at what cost though?
Don't that go against the teachings that Ye taught for?
Yo, Tip, I hear your side and everybody talk, though
But ain't goin' against the grain everything I fought for?
Prolly so, Ye, but where you tryna go with this?
It's some shit you just don't align with and don't go against
You just readin' the headlines, you don't see the fine print
You on some choosin'-side shit, I'm on some unified shit
It's bigger than your selfish agenda
If your election ain't gon' stop police from murderin' niggas, then shit...
Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin' for the people
Actually, wearin' the hat'll show people that we equal
You gotta see the vantage point of the people
What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil
See that's the problem with this damn nation
All Blacks gotta be Democrats, man, we ain't made it off the plantation
Fuck who you choose as your political party
You representin' dudes just seem crude and cold-hearted
With blatant disregard for the people who put you in position
Don't you feel an obligation to them?
I feel a obligation to show people new ideas
And if you wanna hear 'em, there go two right here
Make America Great Again had a negative perception
I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction
Added empathy, care and love and affection
And y'all simply questionin' my methods
What you willin' to lose for the point to be proved?
This shit is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you
You wore a dusty-ass hat to represent the same views
As white supremacy, man, we expect better from you
All them times you sounded crazy, we defended you, homie
Not just to be let down when we depend on you, homie
That's why it's important to know what direction you're goin' now
'Cause everything that you built can be destroyed and torn down
You think I ain't concerned about how I affect the past?
I mean, that hat stayed in my closet like 'bout a year and a half
Then one day I was like, "Fuck it, I'ma do me"
I was in the sunken place and then I found the new me
Not worried about some image that I gotta keep up
Lot of people agree with me, but they're too scared to speak up
The greater good of the people is first
Have you considered all the damage and the people you hurt?
You had a bad idea, and you're makin' it worse
This shit's just as bad as Catholic preachers rapin' in church
Y'all been leadin' with hate, see I just approach it different
Like a gang truce, the first Blood to shake the Crip's hand
I know everybody emotional
Is it better if I rap about crack? Huh? 'Cause it's cultural?
Or how about I'ma shoot you, or fuck your bitch?
Or how about all this Gucci, 'cause I'm fuckin' rich?
You'll deal with God for the lack of respect
Startin' to make it seem like Donnie cut you a check
Now you toyin' with hot lava, better be careful with that
What's it mean to gain the world if you ain't standin' for shit?
Okay I gotta say it, Ye, you sound high as a bitch
Yeah, genocide and slavery, we should just try and forget
And all that free thought shit, find a better defense
But if Ye just stuck in his way, he can leave it at that
[Outro: Kanye West]
Alright, Tip, we could be rappin' about this all day, man, why don't we just cut the beat off and let the people talk?
I respect Kanye for dropping this song, though in my opinion it's a bit corny. It feels rushed, which it very well may have been and it had to be dropped to be timely with all the Twitter backlash regarding Kanye and the red MAGA hat. I see what Kanye is saying. But I moreso see what T.I. is responding with.