By Micha Green, Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]
Since last week, Kanye West has been a trending topic on Twitter.
It all started on April 17 when he began a few-days-long Twitter rant which peaked on April 19 with an announcement that he would be releasing a solo album in addition to another with rapper, Kid Cudi.
“My album is 7 songs,” he wrote. “June 1st,” presumably implying the date of his album release.
“[Me] and Cudi album June 8th,” he wrote 6 minutes later. “[It’s] called Kids See Ghost. That’s the name of our group.”
Then on April 21 West tweeted his appreciation for young, Black conservative Trump supporter, Candace Owens, saying, “I love the way Candace Owens think.” Owens is Communications Director for Turning Point USA, a right-wing non-profit organization that encourages students to “identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government” according to their web site.
On April West parted ways with many members of his management team, according to TMZ.
Now West is a trending topic for allegedly admitting a past opioid addiction and emphasizing his support for the 45th president of the United States in a recent phone conversation with Ebro Darden, host on New York’s Hot 97 radio.
On his show, the radio host said that a friend of the rapper left a comment on his Twitter, where Darden had made a comment about West. The friend claimed that Darden was misinformed and so the radio host decided to go straight to the source for more information.
When Darden called the friend he said West came “screaming in.” “He’s like ‘Ebro we just don’t want to be out here acting like n*ggas,’” Darden said.
Darden told his audience that West discussed a previous history with opioid addiction, “Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital,” he said the rapper told him.
The radio host also said West told him, “I love Donald Trump,” a sentiment he implied while having an apparent breakdown during a concert in November 2016, when he stated he would have voted for the businessman turned president had he actually exercised his civic duty during that election season. West and Trump had a meeting in December 2016. Afterwards, West tweeted, “I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues.”
On April 25 West tweeted, “You don’t have to agree with trump [sic] but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
The president of the United States of America then responded with, “Thank you Kanye, very cool!”
Darden gave West a hard time about his support for Owens, who has been openly judgmental of the Black Lives Matter movement and activists. Darden said West claimed he wanted to explain further what he meant by loving Owens, but wanted to remain ambiguous for further discussion.
“That’s what I want to have. I want to have open dialogue,” he allegedly told Darden.
Unimpressed with his defense, Darden told the rapper, “You’re just chiming in right now because you got an album coming out.”
“I told him I thought he was cooning for cash,” Darden said on Hot 97 radio.