Waking Up Mr. West?

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Oh boy, is Black Twitter deep in their feelings about Kanye West.

In light of Jordan Peele’s movie Get Out people have likened all these pro-Trump tweets to Kanye being held deep in the realms of The Sunken Place.

(Sidenote: If you haven’t seen Get Out and don’t get that reference, I highly recommend watching it.)

Others have made speculations about Kanye’s mental health since his mother passed back in 2007, some since he married Kim Kardashian in 2014, but let’s keep it real here.

College Dropout came out back in 2004 putting Kanye in the spotlight and keeping him in the spotlight since that time. His fame and fortune have grown exponentially since then bringing us pretty much to where we are today.

I think to say that Kanye West is having mental issues is insulting. I believe he knows exactly what he’s saying. The problem is that we don’t want to believe that he knows exactly what he’s saying. Mental illness can be managed with a combination of drugs and therapy while our core beliefs remain unshakeable. Add money to that equation and we’re not dealing with the same person who released College Dropout.

Imagine for a moment what your life was like fifteen years ago to where you are now. Now imagine if in that gap you gained a fuck ton of money. You never have to worry about where your next meal is coming from. You never have to worry about rent. All that shit that the everyman has to worry about, Kanye doesn’t give a shit about because Kanye doesn’t have to give a shit about it.

Am I defending Kanye here? No. At the end of the day, he can cry to his huge pile of money. And really, fuck any of our opinions because he has a huge pile of money.

What I am saying is that we need to stop equating being rich and out of touch with having a mental illness when they’re two completely different things. There are people with mental illnesses that sound saner than Kanye does right now.

What Kanye’s doing is adding to his wealth by getting everyone riled up. Everyone clings to this idea that maybe – just maybe! – it’s all a ruse and there’s some subliminal message or trace of the old Kanye in his upcoming album. That the “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” Kanye still exists somewhere and that maybe we’ll get a revisit of the Graduation era.

I hate to be the one to burst everyone’s bubble, but Kanye’s not in the same tier as the rest of us anymore and hasn’t been for a while now. He doesn’t have to worry about our peon problems. Kanye’s not in the sunken place, he’s in the lap of luxury and maybe we can all heal and stop getting in our feelings if we could just admit it to ourselves.

 

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