kanye-west-tee-shirt-2013-10-21-300x300Who is Kanye West?

That is the probably the biggest question floating throughout the African-American and hip-hop community these days. The 36 year-old Chi-town native that the industry embraced for his soul-laced productions has now become an individual caught up in a sweep of controversial faux pas. The latest stunt to be added to Yeezy’s I-need-a-personal-Olivia-Pope-baaaad list is a product incident that occurred at the kickoff of his tour in Seattle Saturday night. A T-shirt with a confederate flag and the phrase “I ain’t coming down” is among the official merchandise being sold on West’s tour.

Knowing West’s interest in African-American history, it could be suggested that the rapper is attempting to make a statement on racism, claiming that the political ideology around it is not going anywhere. In another sense, it could be a calculated move on his part —it could be Kanye’s attempt at showing the control that blacks now posses by being able to reappropriate a negative symbol, similar to the usage of the “N” word.

Whatever it may be, fans are clamoring and folks are talking — just as West probably wanted them to. Mmm…a strategic way to stay relevant, perhaps?

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  • Joyous

    Kanye West is a sham. A fake. A phony. An imposter. A jester. I was never into this clown, but those of you who were or still are, its time to turn away from this madness. He is making a mockery of everything Black people went through, and are still going through in the U.S. with this.

  • chnyere

    Who makes Kanye popular (i.e. comes to his concert), white ppl. Who is going to go around wearing these shirts, white ppl. What does this shirt a flag mean to them? I don’t have to be ashamed of parading this flag, I am not coming down, who cares what they think. They support him, he supports them, he is their minstrel. Done.

  • Say What?

    Although I’m not a fan the conferdate flag t-shirt, I get it because I listened to and rather enjoy his new album. Apparently a lot of people here haven’t heard the album and taking this shit more seriously than Kanye is himself. Keep the “thumbs down” coming lol.

  • The RealKay

    *sigh* Kanye, please…just stop. You’re not clever, or incredibly witty. At worst this is that new hipster, “I’m not being offensive but I really am,” type of racist b.s. and at best it’s tacky and tasteless.