Kanye West's tweets, songs in support of Trump sparks off debate and concern about his mental health
According to Page Six, famed musician and rapper, Kanye West, has made close family and friends concerned about his mental health after he reportedly fired manager Scooter Braun and a supposed "friend" claimed that West was addicted to opioids. His recent rant during an interview only made matters worse.
Apart from this, Kanye first sparked chaos after his comments seemed to defend President Donald Trump. He tweeted a photo sporting a Make America Great Again cap, and being photographed in it while running errands on Friday. Trump, meanwhile has even responded to his tweet, saying: 'Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community - Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades - Legacy Stuff!'
While Kanye's tweet sent Twitterverse into a frenzy. There was more trouble in store for him. Hot 97 radio host Ebro Darden told listeners recently about his conversation with the rapper. Allegedly, Kanye told him, “Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital.” If you remember Kanye had canceled the 2016 tour after suffering a nervous breakdown. Of course, there could be serious legal consequences if West had actually canceled the tour due to drug abuse.
Back in 2017, the rapper had claimed that his insurers Lloyd's of London refused to pay him for the lost dates and filed a $10 million lawsuit against them. Reportedly, they cited his marijuana use an excuse not to pay him.
Feeling the pressure, the insurers decided to pay him most of what was due to cover his lost tour dates. On Tuesday, lawyers representing Lloyd's refused to comment or return calls made by Page Six.
During a conversation with Page Six, a source close to West said that they were skeptical he was admitted for opioid use and highly "disappointed" that the radio host made such spurious claims on his show. The rapper's close connections had said at the time that his nervous breakdown in 2016 was in fact due to the death of his mother, acute sleeplessness, the grave stress of handling both his fashion line along with the tour and paranoia.
Sources spread rumors online that those who were cast out by Kanye, including Braun and others in his inner circle, were “very worried for Yeezy’s mental health” and that he could be suffering from “another episode.” The firing comes right after West announced five new albums on Twitter.
West has been sharing several release dates of much-anticipated projects from the likes of Pusha-T, Teyana Taylor, Nas as well as his own solo project and collaboration with Kid Cudi.
Braun, who was hired a couple of years ago by West, also represents Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. After the rapper's longtime manager Izvor “Izzy” Zivkovic stepped down in March, Braun played a larger role in Kanye's affairs.
According to The Blast, several members of Kanye's team are worried due to his alleged "erratic behavior." West allegedly went on a tirade inside the recording studio where he shouted down everyone inside the room, saying that he doesn't need people with "titles" around him.
He also said that he wants to handle his career completely on his own and keep the Yeezy brand handled in-house. Again, allegedly, he concluded his rant by yelling "Yeezy is the new Apple."
The first source to Page Six continued his claims by saying: “Kanye has been saying he wants to bring all representation in-house, and that extends to his managers. His mentality is, ‘I can’t be someone’s client. I have to represent myself.’ He’s clearing the house. Scooter remains in an advisory role.”
There has been a flurry of strange tweets coming from Kanye since he returned to Twitter, some having a spiritual tinge. On Tuesday he wrote, “to be great is to be misunderstood” as well as “dragon energy/Natural born leaders/Very instinctive/Great foresight.” Following these tweets, last weekend he took to releasing a song in support of his defense of the Trump, reports BBC.
The track Ye vs. The People sees the star trading lyrics with fellow-rapper T.I., who questions him 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". And Kanye in reply says: he's "fighting for the people".
West recently received backlash from his fans for praising a notable right-wing political commentator and voicing his support for President Donald Trump. He said, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”
Meanwhile, Kim last week tried to do damage control by stating that everyone is entitled to their opinion and it's not as if Kanye supports his politics. However, one can say that after Kanye's political stance, liberal Hollywood is sure to give him a hard time in the coming future. His tweets do spell trouble for him.