After per week of monetary fallout following antisemitic remarks on social media and in interviews, Kanye West is commenting on these ideas, in addition to what he’s stated about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.
In a rambling 16-minute video shared by WmgLab Data on YouTube Saturday and seemingly recorded in some unspecified time in the future after Adidas ended its enterprise relationship with West on Tuesday, the artist seems to handle a crowd of paparazzi and bystanders gathered exterior a constructing as he exits.
“I think Adidas felt like cause everyone was ganging up on me that they had the right to just take my designs,” West instructed the small crowd.
“I feel like this is God humbling me right now,” he continued. “Because there’s two things that are happening. A lot of times when I would say ‘I am the richest Black man,’ it would be a defense that I would use for the mental health conversation. …What’s happening right now is I’m being humbled.”
West went on to handle backlash over his suggestion in a current podcast interview that George Floyd’s dying was attributable to fentanyl use.
“When the idea of Black Lives Matter came out, it made us come together as a people,” he stated. “So, I said that, and I questioned the death of George Floyd, it hurt my people. It hurt the Black people. So, I want to apologize to hurting them [sic] because right now God has shown me by what Adidas is doing, and by what the media is doing, I know how it feels to have a knee on my neck now. So I thank you, God for humbling me and letting me know how it really felt. Because how could the richest Black man ever be humbled other than to be made to not be a billionaire in front of everyone off of a comment.”
West additionally mentioned his “exhaustion” attributable to the response to him carrying a MAGA hat that was “misdiagnosed” as a psychological well being dysfunction and his refusal to a take remedy that he stated would make him “one pill” away from Michael Jackson or Prince.
“At a time like this, if I was on medication right now, then one pill could have been swapped out, and it would have been Michael Jackson or Prince all over again,” West stated.
He additionally in contrast himself to Emmett Until, who was brutally lynched in 1955 at age 14, and stated at instances he has felt like Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I’m just not worried. Period,” West stated in response to somebody within the crowd who requested if he was fearful that he had ruined his legacy. “God is alive.”
Antisemitic demonstrators referenced West in indicators raised in Los Angeles final weekend and Jacksonville, Florida this weekend. Within the video, West didn’t apologize for his antisemitic remarks however appeared to attempt to distance himself from any “hate group.”
“I have no association to any hate group,” West stated as he closed his remarks in prayer. “If any hate happens upon any Jewish person, it is not associated (gestures to himself) because I am demanding that everyone walk in love.”