The First Amendment guarantees Americans the right to petition the government, and for one dedicated fan, freedom of speech meant Free Yeezy. Exhausted over the wait for Kanye West’s next album, he and several impatient fans petitioned for President Obama’s involvement on the matter. The White House removed the petition, claiming it violated policies.
West built up the hype around Swish by releasing tracks “All Day” and “I Feel Like That.” The rapper has yet set to announce any release date for the whole album. Earlier this week. Montreality asked Swish’s producer, Mike Dean, if he had any clues as to when fans could expect something. He called the album “in progress” and could not say whether it would come before 2015 ended. All he knew was, “Whenever Kanye says it’s done, it’s done.” Despite all this, a fan went ahead with a petition on the White House website and a goal for 100,000.
“Make Kanye Drop Swish August 21st” claimed that Dean mentioned a release date for next week, and Obama should help West and team follow through on that, reports say. To its writer, fans deserved the album soon, “Kanye West has kept us thirsty for too long. We haven’t gotten any new singles in months.”
The petition received over 100,000 signatures, according to NME. But Obama probably won’t be pushing Kanye for the album anytime soon. Government officials found the petition in contempt of its Terms of Participation policies. A message from the White House replaces the fan’s request, denying anymore signatures.