You don’t see any plausibility in what Kanye feels is trailblazing or even activism?
Only because he’ll be like we need more black ownership then say ‘cause Louis Vuitton wouldn’t take a meeting with me, don’t go to Louis Vuitton in Atlanta. Meanwhile people are protesting over Stop & Frisk, Trayvon’s family is still out here fighting for justice, but you want to use your voice to tell people not to go to Louis Vuitton because they wouldn’t take a meeting with you? How self-serving is that? Not, ‘Don’t go to Barneys because they’re racial-profiling.’
Can’t argue there.
Kanye’s going around telling people he can’t do this or that because they won’t let him. That’s not the Kanye we’ve known over the past 10 years. The Kanye we knew would do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He was on Sway’s show saying he lost $13 million of his money to start a clothing line. He should’ve learned from the white man and, instead of using his money, got investors. He’s just confusing. Like when he says he doesn’t listen to old people. Who don’t listen to old people? The know-it-all knows nothing. Kanye is not some great intellectual. He’s a smart dude who is lost because of the industry.
Did you hear about him calling out Google head Eric Smidt to sponsor DONDA at Saturday’s show?
He’s begging! That’s wack! All I ask is that Kanye stop acting like what he’s going through is a plight for all black people. One does not have anything to do with the other. Truth of the matter is even if one of these corporations backs you, you’re still not going to be an owner. You’re still going to be working for Adidas and Universal Def Jam or AEG or Live Nation when you go on tour. So stop with the BS. Kim doesn’t own !E. And to denounce real revolutionaries like Barack Obama, real people who are going to be in the history books in the future is wack. Money does not evoke change. Martin didn’t have money. Malcolm didn’t have money. Elijah Muhammad didn’t have money. They still created movements.
Martin and Malcolm still produced niche change. Martin essentially benefited off of America’s marketing because he had the non-threatening message. I honestly feel Kanye is trying to reach more people, more racial ground than Malcolm and Martin. That’s why he’s so fixated on raising capital to fund this never-before-won war.
This is crazy that we’re even using Kanye’s name in the same sentence with these guys. They were really…
You’re right. It is borderline blasphemy. I’m saying while I agree ‘Ye’s agenda is a bit self-serving…he used the word “marginalized” a lot over the past two days and what it seems like is because he’s not risking his life the Che Guevera way, you’re marginalizing him as a revolutionary.
But Bonsu, what’s the revolution?
The revolution is equality. True revolutionaries don’t fight for causes with deadlines in mind. It’s about the progress because the revolution normally outlives the revolutionary. His fight is to even the playing field.
The playing field is never going to be even because they have us by 200 years.
But imagine if Malcolm or Martin would’ve thought like that. There would be no Barack 40 years later!
No, I’m with you on that. But Kanye’s not leveling the playing field. Oprah is with OWN. Diddy is with Revolt. Michael Jordan is by owning the Hornets. Magic Johnson is by owning the Dodgers. Jay owns Roc Nation. Kanye doesn’t even know what he wants to own. He keeps talking about slaves, but he keeps begging to be accepted by his master. He’s begging for white privilege to accept him and embrace him. So if they do accept him, the fight’s over. ‘Time to go home. I’m in so we’re good.’
He’s definitely not saying he wants to be accepted by white privilege to forget about blacks.
Man he told y’all ‘I only care about God and my family. I care about North West being able to eat.’ Not once did he say he wanted to create any jobs for black people. Not in one interview will you find him saying that.
So you don’t remember his DONDA rant on Twitter?
What he say?
He was talking about building a creative empire to serve as an incubator for visionaries like himself. He said plainly that he wants to create jobs. He also said he was the next Steve Jobs [Laughs]
Well guess what? Visionaries are creating their own jobs. You don’t see Tyler The Creator complaining. You don’t see Mac Miller complaining. They’re making their own TV shows and movies and putting them online. They’re not waiting for any billionaire backing. I don’t know what Kanye is waiting for.
So after the interview, he seemed a bit warmer. What was the off-air conversation like?
Well on-air I said he didn’t have any real dudes in his circle so he walked outside to the dudes he had waiting for him and he said ‘What’s up my non-real niggas.’
Ha! Was Don out there?
Nah, I didn’t know who these dudes were. I was trying to get their names so I could put them on blast this morning. I mean, nobody real gonna let you jump out there like he does. He says the most outlandish stuff. He said Kim Kardashian is more influential than Michele Obama. Like what are you on?
Do you realize you got Sway spazzed on?
Now that’s super corny. How you scream on Sway? Sway’s like the nicest guy in the world. Sway didn’t say anything to him that me or anybody else hasn’t said to him: empower yourself. But that struck a nerve cause he lost $13 million.