Kanye West, who is planning to run for US president in 2020, really needs to think before he thinks.
The grootbek rapper — who did not vote in the recent presidential election — says he still has hopes to run as a candidate in four years.
He explained to fans at his San Jose concert on November 8: “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to vote, I would have voted for Trump.
“I just said that I would have voted for Donald Trump and then I did a song and y’all sang it at the top of your lungs. That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter. That just means you OK with a celebrity having their own opinion. Or that someone else is OK to have their own opinion. That might not be your opinion but you can still like that person or still like that person’s music.”
But San Jose speech clearly didn’t scratch whatever itch is hounding Kanye, because he made another one during a live show in Sacremento on Saturday.
And this time his rant was aimed at Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton and Mark Zuckerberg.
West only got through three songs before going on a spoken-word detour and then abruptly walking off stage and ending the show.
West started by criticising radio stations for favouring certain acts and not giving air time to the likes of Frank Ocean and Kid Cudi.
“A lot of people here tonight felt like they lost. You know why? Because y’all been lied to. Google lied to you. Facebook lied to you. Radio lied to you,” he said.
“What I’m saying is we love Drake, Drake is great. He’s a great artist. But Frank Ocean is great, too.”
He then went on to suggest that a utopia could be created if radio would fall in line with his egalitarian proposals.
“We’ve got a hundred years out here, a hundred years on this planet, bro, and we can have a utopia. We can love each other. But the rules gotta be fair.”
Then West turned his attention to Zuckerberg, who West once asked to donate $53m so that he could get out of debt. “Mark Zuckerberg, you wanna call me now? Do I got the vision, Mark Zuckerberg? Was you wrong? When I said I was $53m in debt and you didn’t call me, was you wrong? … You said you would help and you didn’t. Then you went to look for aliens.”
Clinton also got a mention, and was presented as a cautionary tale for those out of step with West’s thinking. “The Saint Pablo tour is more relevant than radio and if y’all keep following old models, your ass is going to be Hillary Clinton.”
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West was due to play The Forum in Los Angeles as part of his Saint Pablo tour and as a “makeup” show for a gig in November that he cut short after losing his voice. However, on Sunday the venue confirmed the gig was cancelled. Eish!