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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