In January of this 12 months, Talib Kweli posted a photograph of himself, Kanye West, Yasiin Bey (previously Mos Def), and Dave Chappelle in the studio together. “2018 is looking good…” learn the caption. To put it mildly, Kanye’s 2018 probably didn’t turn out the way Kweli expected it to.
Yesterday on Twitter, Kanye announced, “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!” He additionally wrote, “I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer. I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.”
This was taken as excellent news by Kweli who, like many individuals, has been outspoken about his frustration with Kanye’s politics of late, together with his help for Donald Trump and his alliance with right-wing pundit Candace Owens. (In yesterday’s tweets, Kanye additionally distanced himself from Owens’ “Blexit” initiative, which inspires African-Americans to go away the Democratic Party. Owens initially claimed Kanye was chargeable for designing the Blexit brand, earlier than strolling it again. He additionally denied it.)
Following Kanye’s tweets, Kweli took to Instagram final night time to share a clip of what he says is an unfinished collaboration with Kanye. The video options Kweli rapping alongside to a recording of a sparse piano loop. “Me and Kanye West started an album together last January,” the caption reads. “That same month Candace Owens trolled me on Twitter and her followers called me all types of n****s and monkeys for months. Hey Ye it’s probably time to revisit this one… lyrics are timely AF. Welcome back.”
In the preview of the unreleased tune, Kweli decries the latest rise of white nationalism, referencing the August 2017 rally and subsequent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted within the loss of life of Heather Heyer. In the video, he encourages Kanye to complete the tune with him.