Kanye West talks 'accountability', wants family back in 'self-aware' Thanksgiving video

'All I think about every day is how I get my family back together and how I heal the pain that I’ve caused,' he said

                            Kanye West talks 'accountability', wants family back in 'self-aware' Thanksgiving video
Kanye West posted a special video message to fans titled “Thanksgiving Prayer (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Getty Images)

Walking on the path of self-awareness, Kanye West, who now simply goes by the name of Ye, introspected by sharing a 5-minute Thanksgiving video with his fans. Taking to his Instagram on Thursday, November 26, the Grammy-winning rap icon marked the occasion by talking about alcoholism, panic attack episodes, estranged wife Kim Kardashian, and him running for the post of president last year.

The Atlanta native’s Thanksgiving video came with a caption that simply read, “Thanksgiving Prayer” followed by an emoticon of a white dove. Social media users, who usually clown the hip-hop heavyweight for his remarks, were impressed with his latest move as many claimed the video was sad but real. Kanye West has been in news recently for quashing his beef with Drake and also the much-hyped divorce with Kim Kardashian who is now dating ‘Saturday Night Live’ actor Pete Davidson.
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Ye poses for a photo as he arrives for the fight between Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson at State Farm Arena on October 23, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Getty Images)

Kanye West introspects in Thanksgiving prayer

Kanye West opened the video by revealing how thankful he was for his family and fans and how he also had love for his haters.  “I’m writing this prayer on my way back from taking my mini me to his first football game” adding, “Saint got to play catch with Tom Brady before the game. This is a God’s dream.” He then shed light on various aspects of his life that affected him in the past few years.  

In the “Thanksgiving Prayer” video, Ye expanded on his feelings about his family and Kardashian. “All I think about every day is how I get my family back together and how I heal the pain that I’ve caused,” he said.

Kanye West on alcoholism

The ‘College Dropout’ hitmaker addressed his alcohol abuses, saying, “I take accountability for my actions. The one thing that all my successes and failures have in common is me.” He continued, “Let’s start with A, alcohol. I would drink to take the stress away and knock the edge off. Drinking affected my health and the health of people around me.” concluding Because I already had a hair-trigger temper and this just heightened it.”


Kanye West on mental health

The controversial rapper then spoke about his panic attack, saying, “I went into a manic episode in 2016 and I was placed under heavy medication.” He added, “Since then I went on and off the medication which left me susceptible to other episodes which my wife and family and fans have had to endure.”

Kanye West on Christianity

Addressing his religion, the rapper stated, When I got saved, it did not immediately make me a better person. It made me a self-righteous Christian — mix that with being rich, famous, and very very very very very very attractive, and you got a molotov cocktail ready to be thrown through the window of anyone who ever disagreed with me.” He added, “I was arrogant with my Jesus.”

Kanye West on politics

Kanye West then spoke about how donning the “Make America Great Again” affected his family while also mentioning Kim Kardashian to be specific. “Good lord my wife did not like me wearing the red hat.” He shared, “Being a good wife, she just wanted to protect me and our family. I made me and our family a target by not aligned with Hollywood’s political stance and that was hard for our marriage.” 

Kanye West on failed 2020 run for president

Before closing the prayer, the rap icon spoke about his failed 2020 run for president. “Without proper preparation, and no allies on either side. I embarrassed my wife in the way that I presented information about our family, during the one, and thank God, only press conference, said Kanye adding, “All my dad had to say afterwards was, ‘write your speech next time son.'”

Ye ended his Thanksgiving prayer with, “I’ve had to learn that I had to take accountability. We always judge and tell other people what they should do, but we can only take accountability for ourselves, and our children.” He concluded, “This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the family that my wife has given me, I’m thankful for the life that God has given me, and I’m thankful for your time, attention, and patience. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Ye arrives to the arena for the fight between Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson at State Farm Arena on October 23, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Getty Images)

‘It’s so self-aware, funny, thoughtful and endearing’, says Twitter

Social media users quickly thronged to Twitter as one user stated, “Kanye thanksgiving prayer was real.” While another chimed in, “Only Ye could make me watch a 5-minute thanksgiving prayer videos.” Another user posted, “Kanye's thanksgiving insta video was the most self-aware i've ever seen him.” One user tweeted, “Kanye’s thanksgiving prayer is so good.” One said, “That Kanye thanksgiving speech he just posted on insta is actually great. Has some good wise quotes.”
The next one shared, “Kanye’s thanksgiving prayer!!! character development sheesh.” Another mentioned, “Kanye just posted a Thanksgiving speech to IG. And it really shows the difference between Ye speaking in the moment vs writing his thoughts down. It’s so self aware and funny and thoughtful and endearing. Very much worth watching.” Another person stated, “Man, Kanye’s Thanksgiving Prayer was the funniest yet most heartbreaking thing I’ve heard in a bit. I really hope Kim gives him another chance”, as another concluded, “Dang kanye’s thanksgiving prayer was kinda sad but real.”