Kanye West set social media into a frenzy this week when he bean tweeting out his support of Donald Trump and a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat. After Kanye spoke out for his support of the president, many people in the entertainment industry began reaching out to him. One of those was fellow rapper T.I., who is no stranger to speakin out about politics.
Well, it looks like the conversation between the two also led to a new song, because in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Kanye dropped a new, politically-charged singled titled “Ye vs. The People.”
Kanye and T.I. go back and forth throughout the track, sharing their views and getting dialogue going. Kanye explains why he wore the hat, while T.I. tries to explain why it was poorly perceived.
It’s a very interesting song in this type of political climate, but it is a positive step forward to get a constructive conversation going.
The full lyrics from the new single can be seen below:
‘Ye vs. The People’ Lyrics
[Intro: Four Tops]
I had for us
Turned my dreams into dust
I watch a phone that, I had for us
Turned my dreams into dust
[Verse: Kanye West & T.I.]
I know Obama was Heaven-sent
But ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be President
Yeah you can, at what cost though?
Don’t that go against the teachings that Ye taught for?
Yo T.I.P., I hear your side and everybody talk though
But ain’t goin’ against the grain everything I fought for?
Prolly so, Ye, but where you tryna go with this?
It’s some sh** you just don’t align with and don’t go against
You just readin’ the headlines, you don’t see the fine print
You on some choosin’-side sh**, I’m on some unified sh**
It’s bigger than your selfish agenda
If your election ain’t gon’ stop police from murderin’ ni**as, then sh**…
Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin’ for the people
Actually wearin’ the hat’ll show people that we equal
You gotta see the vantage point of the people
What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil
See that’s the problem with this damn nation
All Blacks gotta be Democrats, man, we ain’t made it off the plantation
F*** who you choose as your political party
You representin’ dudes just seem crude and cold-hearted
With blatant disregard for the people who put you in position
Don’t you feel an obligation to them?
I feel an obligation to show people new ideas
And if you wanna hear ’em, there go two right here
Make America Great Again had a negative reception
I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction
Added empathy, care and love and affection
And y’all simply questionin’ my methods
What you willin’ to lose for the point to be proved?
This sh** is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you
You wore a dusty ass hat to represent the same views
As white supremacy, man, we expect better from you
All them times you sounded crazy, we defended you, homie
Not just to be let down when we depend on you, homie
That’s why it’s important to know what direction you’re goin’ now
‘Cause everything that you built can be destroyed and torn down
You think I ain’t concerned about how I affect the past?
I mean, that hat stayed in my closet like ’bout a year and a half
Then one day I was like, “F*** it, I’ma do me”
I was in the sunken place and then I found the new me
Not worried about some image that I gotta keep up
Lot of people agree with me, but they too scared to speak up
The greater good of the people is first
Have you considered all the damage and the people you hurt?
You had a bad idea, and you’re makin’ it worse
This sh**’s just as bad as Catholic preachers rapin’ in church
Y’all been leadin’ with hate, see I just approach it different
Like a gang truce, the first Blood to shake the Crip’s hand
I know everybody emotional
Is it better if I rap about crack? Huh? ‘Cause it’s cultural?
Or how about I’ma shoot you, or f*** your b**ch?
Or how about all this Gucci, ’cause I’m f**kin’ rich
You’ll deal with God for the lack of respect
Startin’ to make it seem like Donnie cut you a check
Now you toyin’ with hot lava, better be careful with that
What’s it mean to gain the world if you ain’t standin’ for sh**?
Okay I gotta say it, Ye, you sound high as a b**ch
Yeah, genocide and slavery, we should just try and forget
And all that free thought sh**, find a better defense
But if Ye just stuck in his way, he can leave it at that
Alright T.I.P., we could be rappin’ about this all day, man, why don’t we just cut the beat off and let the people talk?