What Happened to The Old Kanye?

Kanye West has risen back just to stir up some more controversy, and to share his ignorant views.

Ethan Hurlburt, Columnist

Kanye West seems to be back on Twitter as usual. Instead of telling us when “Love Everyone” will be coming out, he brought renewed attention to himself over the past week with some controversial tweets. Last time he was on Twitter was in November 2016, when he was hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration. He hasn’t been the same since his Saint Pablo Tour.

The controversy started when he began ranting on stage two years ago on tour, expressing his support for Donald Trump and claiming he would vote for him.. Three days later, it seemed like Kanye wanted beef with Jay-Z, saying “Call me, brah, you still ain’t call me. Jay Z, I know you got killas, please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.” Something had to be wrong with Kanye at the time, if you think about it, because he was the one who was recruited to produce tracks for Roc-A-Fella Records which was founded by Jay Z. It was so miserable that Ticketmaster issued refunds to those who went to the concert.

Kanye dropped “Ye vs the People” featuring T.I., which instead of being a banger, was a point-to-point debate with West and T.I. discussing political affiliation, police brutality, and mentioned “the sunken place,” a reference to the movie “Get Out” that West has referenced many times on Twitter. I’d rather listen to this debate/song than listen to “Lift Yourself,” another song released with lyrics such as “Poopy-di scoop/Scoop-diddy-whoop/Whoop-di-scoop-di-poop.”

West is known for being infamously controversial but T.I. hits the nail in the hammer when he says “it’s bigger than your selfish agenda,” meaning that the issues America faces under the Trump presidency are far more important than those faced by Kanye.

Yesterday, Kanye West stirred the controversy pot even more during his appearance. He told “TMZ Live” that slavery was a “choice.” West states that “when you hear about slavery for 400 years – for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked TMZ employees. Van Lathan then fired back with an answer that many confused, disappointed fans have been wondering in the days since West had returned to Twitter, where he’s posted a stream, many outlining his support for Trump, whom Kanye called his “brother.”

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” said Lathan. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact, and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said. And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.”

Throughout all the controversy, it was nice to see someone stand up to his ignorant views. Now, I personally love Kanye West as the amazing artist he is; however, his views toward society and his politics have thrown us off too much now to the point where someone has to stand up and tell him that what he is saying is simply false, unenlightened, and doesn’t serve any good for himself.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I miss the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye. Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye. I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye. The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye, I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye; I gotta say, at that time I’d like to meet Kanye.