Kanye West’s recent troubling behavior—and subsequent hospitalization—is a real “when shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?” moment. Chance The Rapper, Twista and Punch have all come out in support of Yeezy in his time of need, while others have been less sympathetic.
Q-Tip, one of Kanye’s oldest friends and inspirations, is looking to take a more direct approach to help him get back on track. During a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics, the A Tribe Called Quest frontman said he wants to have a “serious discussion” with Kanye over his surprising endorsement of Donald Trump.
It’s difficult because I love him, that’s my brother. I reached out to him and I’m hoping that we just get to talk. I’ll just probably leave it there because I really care about that dude. But his remarks are something that require he and I having a real serious discussion.
It must have been especially difficult for Q-Tip to see Kanye vouch for Donald Trump considering he’d just appeared on Tribe’s new album (on “The Killing Season,” no less), which is very anti-Trump. But as We got it from Here… goes to show, Tip is still one of the most important voices in hip-hop—and society as a whole—and Kanye clearly stands to benefit from his wisdom. A little-revised quest for the seasoned traveler, if you will.
It’s unclear whether Kanye’s comments earlier this month were the result of the “exhaustion” and “paranoia” he’s been suffering from, or they just exposed the warped views he already had. But when you consider the company he keeps these days—Kardashians, fashion designers, European architects, Tyga—reintroducing some Tribal knowledge into the mix definitely won’t hurt.
Hell, Kanye could probably use a copy of We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service in rehab right now.
As for his own thoughts on Donald Trump, Q-Tip maintains that he’s a “scary” and “dangerous” presidential prospect, but like his buddy Dave Chappelle concedes that we have no choice but to give him a shot.
“I guess we have no choice but to give him a chance, right?” Tip said. “The platform he ran on is very scary. It’s extremely polarizing, it’s divisive, it’s not necessarily inclusive, and it’s dangerous, and it’s one that brings about an almost absolute fear.
“Given those kind of signifiers, I wouldn’t give someone like that a chance per se, but the actuality of the situation is that he is the president and people voted for him, although I didn’t vote for him,” he continued. “He’s incumbent and he’s my president now.”
By Andy James. Follow him on Twitter.
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