Kanye West to release new Abstract Mindstate album via his YZY SND imprint

The relationship between West and Abstract Mindstate (comprising E.P Da Hellcat and Olskool Ice-Gre) goes back to the early 2000s, when the ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper/producer began making beats for them on their 2001 album ‘We Paid Let Us In!’.

‘Dreams Still Inspire’ will mark the first album West has fully produced that was not his own since Common’s ‘Be’ in 2005 (if you don’t include Nas‘ 2018 EP/album ‘Nasir’).

In addition to handling the production, West also appears on ‘The Brenda Song’. Other contributors on the album include Tony Williams, Luka Sabbat, Deon Cole, and Jonquia Rose.

You can listen to the album’s first track, ‘A Wise Tale’, below:

The premiere of West’s ‘Donda’, also known as ‘Donda: With Child’, will take place at a listening event at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday (July 22), which will then be live-streamed via Apple Music.

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The event was confirmed by Pusha T in an Instagram post. PageSix reported that 5,000 tickets to the event have been donated by Kanye to historically black colleges in the city.

Speculation that the release of ‘Donda’ was imminent swirled following reports of West playing the album at a closed-door listening event in Las Vegas on Sunday. Internet personality Justin Laboy had also tweeted that Kanye played the album for him and professional basketball player Kevin Durant over the weekend in Vegas.

Laboy added in his tweets on Sunday (July 18): “The production is light years ahead of it’s [sic] time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again. Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back”.

While an official tracklist has yet to be revealed, previous clips shared online that feature Tyler, The Creator in the studio with Kanye hint at the ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ rapper getting involved in the album.

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Def Jam appears to confirm rumours of new Kanye West album after Las Vegas listening event

“Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas,” Laboy wrote.

Today (July 19) a Twitter post by West’s label Def Jam read: “YZY SZN”. The “YZY” part presumably refers to one of West’s nicknames, Yeezy.

YZY SZN

— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) July 19, 2021

There has been no official confirmation, however, nor any details of a release date.

Laboy added in his tweets yesterday (July 18): “The production is light years ahead of it’s [sic] time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again. Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back”

He also shared a photo of what is allegedly West playing music for him and Durant.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR. DONT @ ME pic.twitter.com/baaL9fHKOv

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021

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In two further individual tweets, Laboy claimed that West’s new album will be arriving at some point this week.

“Kanye West album is really done,” he wrote, “When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while..”

Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless✌🏾 #Respectfully

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 18, 2021

LETS ARGUE 🗣🗣🗣 His name is @kanyewest & this new album he’s dropping this week is a classic.. DONT @ ME #Respectfully pic.twitter.com/ZTcsYyPB6d

— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021

As Laboy’s tweets began to circulate, rumours of an exclusive album listening event in Las Vegas began to appear online.

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Pictures have been shared online of people allegedly queuing outside the venue where the supposed listening event took place on Sunday evening.

Doors are almost open for @KanyeWest’s album listening party in Vegas tonight!

(📸: @_ovoeric & @dondasplace) pic.twitter.com/bnqjF3aOLM

— Photos Of Kanye West (@PhotosOfKanye) July 19, 2021

Listening Party 🕊 pic.twitter.com/u15aFpM6u3

— The Yeezy Zone (@TheYzyZone) July 19, 2021

Producer Teddy Walton – who has worked with Travis Scott and Bryson Tiller, as well as Kendrick Lamar‘s Grammy-nominated song ‘LOVE.’ – has also tweeted about a new Kanye West album, which he appears to have contributed to.

“Honestly can’t wait till [Kanye West] drop,” he wrote. “& I’m glad to be apart [sic] of history… See y’all soon.”

Honestly can’t wait till @kanyewest drop. & im glad to be apart of history 💿🐻💿🐻 see y’all soon.

— TEDDY WALTON (@teddywalton) July 19, 2021

Some artists have responded to the rumours, with Chicago rapper Lil Durk saying he “missed the jet” to appear on the album.

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Brockhampton‘s Kevin Abstract shared his excitement at the prospect of new music from West, tweeting, “kanye please give us the album”.

kanye please give us the album

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) July 19, 2021

The hip-hop music festival Rolling Loud also responded to the speculation by flat-out asking West if he could confirm news of the album – and by inviting him to launch the record at its Miami event next weekend.

You busy next weekend? @kanyewest

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

you miss 100% of the shots you don't take SO WHAT'S GOOD @KANYEWEST, ARE YOU DROPPING AN ALBUM OR NA

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

We know the perfect place for you to come promote your next album @kanyewest

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

Whatever time (before midnight) he wants, if he hits us back https://t.co/U9ShNH2NtB

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021

While no collaborators on West’s new album have been confirmed just yet, footage emerged over the weekend of Tyler, The Creator in the studio with West.

The footage sees both Tyler and Kanye in the studio in front of a whiteboard with what appears to be a tracklist written on it.

Kanye & Tyler In The Studio👀 #KanyeWest #TylerTheCreator pic.twitter.com/OtTcJHBqxB

— HiddenPosters® (@hiddenposters) July 17, 2021

The Kanye album ‘Donda’, the follow up to 2019’s ‘Jesus Is King’, was initially set for release last year but never materialised. He had previously shared the album’s artwork, as well as a collaboration with Travis Scott‘Wash Us In the Blood’.

In March, CyHi The Prynce, West’s collaborator, revealed that West had resumed work on ‘Donda’ “late last year”.

West recently lent his vocals to ‘Faith’, the second posthumous album by late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, alongside Pusha T on the track ‘Tell Me The Vision’.

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It looks like Tyler, The Creator and Kanye West are in the studio together

On a whiteboard behind the pair appears to be a tracklist. ‘Donda’ is visible at the top of the list alongside apparent names including ‘Remote’, ‘New Again’ and ‘Come To Life’.

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The clip was posted to rapper Consequence’s Instagram, who captioned the post: “Ye x Tyler. Epic Level. Summer ’21.” Watch it above now.

The two stars have collaborated together in the past, with West featuring on Tyler’s tracks ‘Puppet’ and ‘Smuckers’.

West recently lent his vocals to ‘Faith’, the second posthumous album by late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke. He appears alongside Pusha T on the track ‘Tell Me The Vision’.

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Meanwhile, Tyler claimed earlier this month that A$AP Rocky ignored his requests for the New Yorker to appear on ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’. At a pop-up show in support of the album, the Odd Future rapper revealed that he had Rocky in mind for the track ‘Corso’, but didn’t hear back from him.

“I made that beat for me and Rocky shit, but that n***a ignored me for five months,” Tyler said. “So the middle part where DJ Drama is yelling and I’m not rapping, that was for Rocky.”

In a four-star review of ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’, NME said: “The record stands as an all-encompassing culmination of Tyler’s ever-varying sound, showing that growth isn’t always linear and that artists can be a multitude of things. On ‘Call Me…’, Tyler cements his place as a generational talent, one in fine form and continuing to push the boundaries of his vision and kaleidoscopic sound.”

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Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezys sell for record-breaking $1.8million

It eclipses the previous record holder, a game-worn pair of basketball star Michael Jordan’s Air Jordans, which sold for $615,000 (£443,000) last August.

The Yeezys sold by Sotheby’s were purchased by the investment company Rares. The company’s CEO Gerome Sapp said: “We are thrilled to work with Sotheby’s on this acquisition.”

Kanye West performs during the 2008 Grammys CREDIT: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“Our goal in purchasing such an iconic shoe—and a piece of history—is to increase accessibility and empower the communities that birthed sneaker culture with the tools to gain financial freedom through Rares. We look forward to working with Sotheby’s to continue to identify rare finds that will help elevate, preserve and uphold sneaker culture.”

The Nike Air Yeezy 1 ‘Grammy’ sample was created specifically for West for the awards, where the rapper both performed and took home four awards, including Best Rap Solo Performance for ‘Stronger’ and Best Rap Album for ‘Graduation’.

The Nike Air Yeezy 1 kick-started the multi-billion-dollar-valued Yeezy sneaker and clothing brand when they finally launched the following year.
West eventually split from Nike in 2013 in order to partner Yeezy with Adidas, and they remain in business together to this day.

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Teenager who hacked Kanye West’s Twitter account is jailed

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said Clark “needs to be held accountable” for his actions, adding that “other potential scammers out there need to see the consequences” of committing such crimes.

“In this case, we’ve been able to deliver those consequences while recognising that our goal with any child, whenever possible, is to have them learn their lesson without destroying their future.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. CREDIT: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

The teenager posted fake tweets in order to convince users to send bitcoin to accounts he owned, prosecutors said.

Clark also targetted high-profile figures such as president Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama, Kim Kardashian and Elon Musk, as well as various large companies including Apple and Uber.

Over the summer, two more individuals were formally charged by the US Department of Justice for their involvement – 22-year-old Nima Fazeli in Orlando and 19-year-old Mason Sheppard in the UK.

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“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here,” Andrew Warren said at the time.

“This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”

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Kanye West’s presidential campaign reportedly violated fundraising rules

West appears to have accepted money from people under 18 and there are question marks over contributions from foreign nationals after false names were spotted in the donor list. Some of these names were accompanied by addresses that are linked to drop-shipping sites in the US, suggesting they were used in place of the donors’ real addresses.

One of the rapper’s fundraising strategies was to sell campaign much on his website, including hats and hoodies. According to a report from the Daily Beast, a number of teenagers bought these items, with the profits going to the star’s campaign.

Overall, students reportedly made up more than 1,200 of the 3,161 donors to West’s presidential run, contributing $349,160 (£252k) in total.

2020 VISION pic.twitter.com/5QQX7pIAFX

— ye (@kanyewest) August 12, 2020

One such donor was 16-year-old Ian Bloom, who told the publication he had spent $3,280 (£2,371) on campaign merchandise but had yet to receive any of it. “I don’t know what’s happening there,” Bloom said. “I ordered like 20 hoodies off his campaign website, along with a lot of other people that I know. They said it would be three weeks, and after that, I emailed the support team, and the email just wasn’t a thing.”

He explained that he had bought the hoodies to resell online and that he was in contact with other resellers on Discord. “I can say with confidence that at least half of us in the group have to be still in high school,” he said.

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As well as looking into these donations, the FEC could also launch an investigation into West’s allegedly unlawful fundraising practices that saw him gain nearly $100,000 (£72k) in small donations so far this year.

Last month, West was the subject of two class-action lawsuits from around 500 performers and 300 backstage workers who played a role in his Sunday Service shows.

The suits allege that the rapper failed to pay hundreds of employees on time – or at all – as well as not delivering the overtime wages, meal and rest breaks and business expenses to which employees were legally entitled. West has not commented on the lawsuits.

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L.A. Reid apparently once told Kanye West to “stick to making beats”

He continued: “When [West] stopped [rapping], L.A. was like, ‘Yo you should stick to making music, stick to making beats.’ So that’s why I always honour Ye, no matter how crazy he goes. I’ve seen that man struggle.”

Fun Fact: Once upon a time Lupe Fiasco brought Kanye West and Stack Bundles to audition for LA Reid. And Lupe almost signed to Roc-A-Fella before Ye…https://t.co/6NANLb0mka pic.twitter.com/FK1gpDhQIR

— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) February 19, 2021

West and Lupe met while the former was producing Beanie Sigel’s ‘The Truth’. From there the pair became friends, bouncing ideas off each other. Their biggest collaboration to date came in 2005 on ‘Touch The Sky’ from West’s Late Registration album.

In October, L.A. Reid has sold off 100 per cent of his publishing interests and writer’s share of income on the entirety of his 162-song catalogue.

The producer, songwriter and executive is one of several artists to sell the rights to their future royalties to the Hipgnosis Song Fund. Reid was also been appointed to its advisory board.

Last month, Lupe paid tribute to MF DOOM with a new freestyle.

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DOOM (real name Daniel Dumile) died on October 31, but the news was only confirmed by his wife Jasmine on December 31.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian recently filed for divorce from Kanye West after almost seven years of marriage.

It was reported last month that the pair were living “separate lives” and that divorce was “imminent” for the celebrity couple.

It has now been confirmed by a Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman to Reuters that Kardashian filed divorce papers on February 19. A representative for Kardashian also confirmed that she had filed papers.

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Someone’s mashed up Metallica’s Ride The Lightning with Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘Paris’

The video of the mashup pairs together two live performances from both sets of artists – watch it below.

Earlier this week, Lars Ulrich has admitted that Metallica are only making “glacial” progress with their new album, suggesting that the record won’t see the light of day for some time.

Back in November Ulrich said that he and his bandmates were engaged in some “pretty serious writing” sessions for the album, with the drummer promising the following month that the forthcoming LP would be the best record that Metallica have ever made. However, it appears it won’t be coming for some time.

Meanwhile, a video clip has emerged that appears to show Kanye West shouting at Chance The Rapper during a recent studio session.

The footage is reportedly from an upcoming documentary on West’s shelved ‘Donda’ album, filmed last summer at the ‘Jesus Walks’ hitmaker’s Wyoming compound.

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The clip appears to show West growing increasingly frustrated during a recording session for the unreleased album before lashing out at Chance, telling him to sit his “ass down and listen to the album or leave.”

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Kanye West’s Yeezy brand sues intern for breaking NDA

Inwards is being sued for breach of contract and conversion, and Yeezy is seeking the $500,000 in liquidated damages plus punitive damages because it believes he’s acting maliciously.

Yeezy is also seeking an injunction mandating that he turn over the images and be banned from similar posts in the future.

Last month, West released a surprise new Sunday Service Choir EP called ‘Emmanuel’, which was inspired by “ancient and Latin music”.

The rapper previously shared a surprise release at Christmas in 2019 with the Sunday Service Choir album ‘Jesus Is Born’.

The five-track ‘Emmanuel’ EP is a “celebration of the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ” and is also credited to the Sunday Service Choir. It was executive produced by West and features a Christian prayer in ‘Requiem Aeternam’ and an interpretation of the hymn ‘Gloria’.

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Meanwhile, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly planning to divorce, with sources claiming that the pair are currently living “separate lives”.

According to Page Six, “divorce is imminent” for the celebrity couple, with multiple close sources alleging that Kardashian has hired celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her.

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Kanye West releases Sunday Service Choir’s ’Emmanuel’ EP inspired by “ancient and Latin music”

Listen to ‘Emmanuel’ below now.

 

Last year, West was reported to have said he was “done” with secular music and would only release gospel music from that point forward. He later took offence when Drake questioned whether he would return to non-religious music in the future.

“I take offence when somebody calls me secular,” West said at a Sunday Service session in LA. “Y’all can look at the domes that we was building, affordable homes, y’all call that bizarre. Y’all can take the picture of me painting it silver, y’all can call that what y’all want.

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“But don’t call me secular ’cause secular is trying to say that I’ll do anything for anyone other than Christ. That’s where they got it messed up. That’s where they got it twisted.”

Meanwhile, the rapper was the most-Googled artist of 2020 in the UK. He topped the list from the search engine ahead of the likes of Grimes, Bugzy Malone and Girls Aloud‘s Sarah Harding.

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Listen to Kanye West’s new verse on SAINt JHN track ‘Smack DVD’

The message continues throughout West’s verse: “Kanye if you’re watching please raise your right hand. Your part is almost over it was a great verse. Can I get some Yeezys in a color way for not a cult?”

“Could you talk to the mayor about Breonna Taylor?” Kanye raps in his verse, referencing the 26-year-old Black woman shot and killed by police officers raiding her Kentucky home with a “no-knock warrant” in March.

Watch the video for ‘Saint DVD’ below.

Kanye West’s wife Kim Kardashian recently revealed that the rapper’s 2010 track ‘Lost In The World’ was inspired by a poem that the rapper wrote to Kardashian before the pair began dating.

“Kanye couldn’t come up with some of the lyrics but then realised he had them in a poem he had written me that was my birthday card he gave me for my 30th birthday,” she wrote on Instagram. “He took the poem he wrote me and made it the song.”

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‘Lost In The World’ features on Kanye’s acclaimed 2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this month.

In a new retrospective feature about the album, NME wrote: “Kanye’s personal legacy might be a sinking ship right now, but his musical legacy can rest easy on the shoulders of ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’.

“They say that time is the father of truth, and 10 years on, it’s obvious that Kanye’s fifth album is his most accomplished (regardless of the hypebeasts who swear ‘Yeezus’ is better).”

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Playboi Carti shares Kanye West snippet from his new album ‘Whole Lotta Red’

Carti captioned the clip with: “OK YE @kanyewest THANK @younglord.” No confirmation of a collaboration, however, has been announced.

‘Whole Lotta Red’ will be the artist’s second full length album following his debut ‘Die Lit’ in 2018. Prior to that he released his debut eponymous mixtape in 2017.

He’s been teasing his second effort for more than a year. Last July, Carti said he wanted it to be out “in the next 60 days” and told The FADER that he had as many as 50 songs in the bank for the album.

In other news, earlier this year Carti was arrested and detained on drug and traffic charges. The rapper, real name Jordan Carter, and another man Jaylon Tucker were arrested on April 2 in Clayton County, Georgia.

In a press statement Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said that Carti’s Lamborghini was pulled over due to an expired tag. Upon searching the vehicle, police found 12 bags of marijuana, three guns, Xanax, codeine, and oxycodone.

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Carter was charged with marijuana possession, improperly passing an emergency vehicle and not displaying an updated label on his licence plate.

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Public Enemy’s Chuck D responds to Kanye West’s presidential vote total

Although he lost this year, West appears to be keeping the door to a 2024 election campaign open, including that year in the caption to his withdrawal tweet.

Taking to Twitter to share his thoughts on West’s total, Chuck D replied to a story reporting the news.

“Absolutely The worst epitome of narcissism,” the Public Enemy frontman tweeted.

Absolutely The worst epitome of narcissism

— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) November 4, 2020

West had announced his intention to run for the US presidency in July, also taking to Twitter and saying, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!” along with the hashtag #2020VISION.

In a recent campaign video, fans of West’s had explained why they would vote for the musician, with one voter emphatically stating, “Kanye West is the best for the American people.”

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West’s intention to run was met with a mixed reception, however, the rapper appeared to take the potential role seriously, penning an open letter to a “better America”, vowing to restore the American people’s faith in God and to “free all artists” from unfair publishing and recording deals, all as part of his presidential campaign.

Some of his policies also included a bid to “cure homelessness and hunger”.

Meanwhile, Chuck D has said that organisations need to work together to make US President Donald Trump “sit down”.

Speaking to The Observer, the frontman said he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and thinks that all organisations need to collectively work together ‘in this age of Donald Trump” to make their voices heard.

Chuck said: “I support Black Lives Matter. I think it’s a strong organisation and speaks to now. I think it’s important in this age of Donald Trump that organisations come together, put aside micro-differences and collectively work to make him sit down.”

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Kanye West sets post-election ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ appearance

His name will, however, appear on the ballots in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont.

Kanye West (Picture: Getty)

While further details of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (November 4) have not been confirmed, it seems likely the host will discuss the election with the rapper. The show will be broadcast on ABC in the US at 11:35pm ET (4:35am GMT).

Last week (October 30), the star took out a two-page advert in the New York Times in which he looked to a “better America”.

“Dear Future, I still believe in you,” he wrote in the open letter. “We still believe in you.” In his imagined future, the rapper added “we will H.E.A.L.” and “hold everyone accountable to love”.

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West also shared another campaign ad last week (October 28) with the caption “We will heal”. In the accompanying video, featuring footage from his appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, he said: “There couldn’t be a better time to put a visionary in the captain’s chair. I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world. It was something that God put on my heart back in 2015.”

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Kanye West looks to a “better America” in open letter to the future

In his imagined future, the rapper said “we will H.E.A.L.” and “hold everyone accountable to love”.

“Our future will provide expecting families with a safe and secure plan that values every stage of life,” the letter reads. “Our future will provide a justice system that treats everyone equally regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Kanye West in his first campaign video. CREDIT: Twitter/@KanyeWest

“Our future will provide an education system that promotes freedom and visionary thinking. Our happy, healthy future looks like the new Garden of Eden with children running and the elderly brimming with joy on how beautiful our world has become. Our future has homes for everyone.”

West also promised in the ad a future “free from debt, shame, guilt, worry, stress, war, greed, hate, misuse of power, prejudices, manipulation, and discrimination”. You can read the letter in full here.

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The webpage also featured a video of children – including West’s daughter North and son Saint – in blue T-shirts with YCA (Yeezy Christian Academy) written on them, reading lines from the letter.

Meanwhile, West tweeted another campaign ad earlier this week (October 28) with the caption “We will heal”. In the accompanying video, featuring footage from his appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, he said: “There couldn’t be a better time to put a visionary in the captain’s chair. I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world. It was something that God put on my heart back in 2015.”

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Kanye West shares ‘Nah Nah Nah’ remix with DaBaby and 2 Chainz

In ‘Nah Nah Nah’, West raps about his presidential run, his contract dispute with Universal Music Group, and his appearance on Nick Cannon’s podcast.

The rapper said he would released a new album called ‘DONDA’ in July, but it never materialised. Instead, West has shared the record’s assumed title track, ‘DONDA’, and has previewed ‘Believe What I Say’.

In other news, West has released another presidential campaign video ahead of next week’s US election. Captioned “We will heal”, the two-minute clip is comprised of various soundbites from West’s recent interview on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

The news follows reports earlier this month that West, who is said to have spent $3million (£2.27million) on his White House run last month, is polling at 2 per cent nationally.

Several of his fans explained why they’re voting for the star to become the next US president in a separate video shared last week. “Kanye West is the best for the American people,” one voter stated. “With the help from God, he will achieve his goal by winning the 2020 presidential election.”

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Another said: “I will be voting for Kanye West this year because America needs a leader who will actually listen to the kids.” Others in the clip mentioned that “America needs a strong leader with ideas,” that West is “going to help people [and] cares about families,” and his “faith-based” Christian campaign was appealing.

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Kanye West declares himself a “fearless leader” in new presidential campaign video

“There couldn’t be a better time to put a visionary in the captain’s chair,” he adds. “I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world. It was something that God put on my heart back in 2015.”

We will heal pic.twitter.com/pliy0PJQ9j

— ye (@kanyewest) October 28, 2020

West goes on to describe himself as a “fearless leader”, explaining: “I went from having confidence and arrogance to having faith, and faith is the opposite of fear. And that created this fearless approach that I have.”

The video ends with the rapper’s “2020 vision” slogan presented over a black-and-white American flag.

This comes as West, who is said to have spent $3million (£2.27million) on his White House run last month, continues his bid in opposition of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It was recently reported that West was polling at just 2 per cent nationally.

Kanye West in his first campaign video. CREDIT: Twitter/@KanyeWest

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Last week, he shared a campaign video in which several of his fans explained why they’re voting for the star to become the next US president.

“Kanye West is the best for the American people,” one voter stated. “With the help from God, he will achieve his goal by winning the 2020 presidential election.”

West has since hit out at Jennifer Aniston after the Friends actor told her fans “it’s not funny” to vote for him next Tuesday.

“Wow that Rogan interview got em shook,” he wrote in a series of now-deleted tweets, adding that “Friends wasn’t funny either.”

 

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Kanye West thinks ‘Star Wars’ prequel trilogy is better than recent sequels

“And this is about to make me mad, right here,” West said on the podcast. “The first time you’ve seen me get mad in an interview. They said George Lucas’ prequels were worse than the corporate-made Disney Star Wars. Like Revenge Of The Sith? We saw how Darth Vader was made! Like I watched that 10 times during COVID. ‘Don’t jump Anakin, I’ve got the high ground!’”

He added: “I’m saying the prequels are better than anything…and I’m sorry Disney/Star Wars design team…no man, this is George. This is his baby. That thing was set in his heart to show us as children to show us The Hero’s Journey.”

The most important thing Mr. West said today in his interview with Joe Rogan: pic.twitter.com/DnA1jGLGC0

— Dylan Landis 😤 (@DLandis07) October 24, 2020

According to ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, two of the sequel trilogy films have higher rated Audience Scores than the entirety of the prequel trilogy. Those two are Star Wars: The Force Awakens (86%) and The Rise Of Skywalker (86%).

The second movie in the recent trilogy — The Last Jedi — is the lowest-rated of the entire franchise with a 43% Audience Score.

The prequel trilogy movies have Audience Scores of 66% (Revenge Of The Sith), 59% (The Phantom Menace), and 56% (Attack Of The Clones).

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Earlier this month, a new Star Wars book revealed that Rey was previously called Winkie.

An extract of Star Wars: Fascinating Facts by Pablo Hidalgo was shared on social media, explaining how the character eventually played by Daisy Ridley in the sequel trilogy grew from George Lucas’ original idea.

“In George Lucas’ original outline, she was a 14-year-old girl named Taryn,” the page posted on Twitter reads. “In his subsequent iterations, she would briefly be named Thea and – believe it or not – Winkie.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston has shared a message with American voters ahead of the upcoming election, telling them that “it’s not funny” to vote for Kanye West.

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Watch fans explain why they’re voting for Kanye West in US presidential election

Another said: “I will be voting for Kanye West this year because America needs a leader who will actually listen to the kids.” Others in the clip mentioned that “America needs a strong leader with ideas,” that West is “going to help people [and] cares about families,” and his “faith-based” Christian campaign was appealing.

To prove that each person was real, their names and the states they reside in were also included in each of their “I support Kanye West” messages.

Elsewhere, as reported earlier today (October 22), West is currently polling at 2 per cent ahead of US election on November 3.

National GE:
Biden 48% (+10)
Trump 38%
West 2%
Jorgensen 2%
Hawkins 1%@Reuters/@Ipsos, RV, 10/13-15https://t.co/CrYRaqh1Us

— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 18, 2020

The rapper is fighting an uphill battle with his presidential campaign.

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His name is currently set to appear on the ballot in only 11 of the 50 US states. Of these 11, only one, Minnesota, was considered a swing state at the 2016 election.

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Kanye West says ‘SNL’ “uses Black people to hold other Black people back” after Issa Rae joke

“For too long, our people’s voices have not been heard,” she said. “It’s our duty to stand together and take our power back.”

 

At the end of the sketch, Kenan Thompson – who was playing the show’s anchor – said: “When we come back, we’ll talk about the presidential race between Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Kanye West.” Rae’s character responded: “Kanye? F him!”

West responded to being mentioned in the sketch on Twitter, writing: “Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back. My heart goes out to Issa Rae. I’m praying for her and her family.”

Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back My heart goes out to Issa Rae I’m praying for her and her family I know that the twenty years of service that I’ve paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful pic.twitter.com/kExwUVVsqv

— ye (@kanyewest) October 18, 2020

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He continued: “I know that the twenty years of service that I’ve paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful.” He also included a screenshot of a Google search for Rae.

West released a new song ‘Nah Nah Nah’ yesterday (October 17), in which he mentioned his bid to become the next President of the United States.

“Next time you text, can it wait?/ You are talkin’ to a presidential candidate,” he rapped at one point. “I know you think Obi-Wan gettin’ tired now/ Don’t jump, Anakin, I got the higher ground.”

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Kanye West wants to be a guest on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ this week

Soon after, it was reported that West’s long-rumoured appearance had been cancelled, after Rogan was said to have told fans after a show in Texas that he believed West coming on the show might not have been the best idea for the ‘Through The Wire’ rapper.

However, it looks like West wants to give things another go, reaching out to Rogan for an invite on Twitter.

“Would love to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast LIVE this week,” West tweeted, alongside a clip of Rogan talking about him. “I have my team trying to get your number Joe I’m in Calabassas Let’s do this my friend.”

Would love to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast LIVE this week I have my team trying to get your number Joe I’m in Calabassas Let’s do this my friend ⛷ pic.twitter.com/OCyqWlHaNH

— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020

Back in May, Joe Rogan signed an exclusive deal with Spotify for his hugely popular show.

Announcing the deal, Rogan wrote: It will remain FREE, and it will be the exact same show. It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show.

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“They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now. We will still have clips up on YouTube but full versions of the show will only be on Spotify after the end of the year.

“I’m excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!”

Meanwhile, West was pictured in London on Saturday (October 10) alongside his seven-year-old daughter North, prompting fans to question whether the international visit breached quarantine rules.

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Chaka Khan reminds people she wasn’t fond of Kanye West’s ‘Through The Wire’

She continued: “I thought about it and said, ‘Well, he can’t mess it up because I will be singing it after all. It’s my voice.’ But he found a way. By golly, he found a way to frick that up. I was through.”

Upset with West’s sped-up ‘chipmunk soul’ style of sampling, which changed the pitch of her voice, Khan said she hated it.

“How can you do that?” she said. “It was an insult, period. I’m not doing this for money, you understand? So, I was very upset with that.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer added that she was “through” with being upset over West’s sample. “I’m done with it now,” she said. “I’m even done with ‘Through The Fire’ really [laughs].”

Meanwhile, Kanye West has expanded his tirade against label ownership of musicians’ master recordings, this time adding that Prince and Michael Jackson were “killed” by the music and media industries.

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“We used to diss Michael Jackson the media made us call him crazy…then they killed him,” West wrote in one Tweet. In another he posted a photo of Prince, writing: “Let’s get it big bro…you and Michael passed so we can live.”

It came after West said he wouldn’t share any new music until he is released from his contracts with music publishers Sony and Universal.

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LL Cool J says Kanye West should “piss in a Yeezy” instead of on a Grammy

“Piss in a pair of one them Yeezys, B. I felt some kind of way about that shit. I didn’t love that shit because I’ve been with the Grammys for five years.”

LL Cool J hosted the awards ceremony every year between 2012 and 2016, and, while he admitted the Recording Academy had made mistakes over the years, said it “didn’t get everything wrong either”.

“I don’t understand this constant disrespect,” he said. “Look, now don’t get me wrong, there have been some foul things that have happened to some artists around the Grammys. They are not without flaw, but piss on one these fucking space shoes or something. C’mon, man. What the fuck is he doing?”

Last month, West elaborated on his plan to “free all artists by any means necessary”, saying he was committed to changing the music industry to make it fairer for all artists.

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“The balance of power is too off, the gap between major label profit and artist profit too wide; and I will work to re-think the design of the entire way we move in this space,” he said.

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Kanye West shares preview of new song ‘Believe What I Say’

The track also samples Lauryn Hill’s single ‘Doo-Wop (That Thing)’. Watch the short video below now.

BELIEVE WHAT I SAY (snippet) pic.twitter.com/U7Y2KQJ5UC

— ye (@kanyewest) September 26, 2020

West previously said he would not release any new music until he was released from his contracts with Sony and Universal. Over the last few weeks, the star has been sharing scans of his contracts on social media and suggesting new guidelines for record and publishing deals that he says would make sure all artists are treated fairly.

Earlier this week (September 24), the rapper set out a plan to “free all artists by any means necessary”. He said he is committed to “doing whatever is necessary so artists own their own copyrights”.

“Everyone knows this is a broken system that needs to be fixed,” West said. “Currently, artists take advances to make records and yet when they repay those advances the record company still owns the records. Imagine a bank lending you money to buy a house and then when you’ve repaid that mortgage, them telling you they still own it.”

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The musician has also promised that he will give back to all artists signed to his label, G.O.O.D. Music, the 50 percent share he holds of their masters.

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Kanye West suggests new guidelines for recording and publishing deals: “Every artist must be treated fairly”

West’s first point stated that artists should own the copyright to their recordings and songs outright and then lease them “to the record label/publisher for a limited term”, suggesting that could be done in one-year deals.

1. The artist owns the copyright in the recordings and songs and leases them to the record label / publisher for a limited term. 1 year deals

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

 

He went on to describe record labels and publishers as service providers who should receive “a share of the income for a limited term”, with profits being split “80/20 in the artists’ favour”.

2. The record label / publisher is a service provider that receives a share of the income for a limited term. The split can be 80/20 in the artists favor

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

 

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Under the heading “Dependants”, he said artists shouldn’t be “dependent on no one but themselves to manage their catalog”. “You should need NO ONE else to understand the business you’re in,” he wrote. Moving onto a point about lawyers, he noted that all record deals should be written in “plain English” so they are “understandable from FIRST READ”.

3. DEPENDANTS

Artists must be dependent on no one but themselves to manage their catalog. You should need NO ONE else to understand the business you’re in.

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

4. LAWYERS

the first thing that changes about Record Deals is actually lawyers.

We need Plain English contracts. A Lawyers role is to IMPROVE deals…. not charge for contracts we cannot understand or track. Re-write deals to be understandable from FIRST READ.

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

 

The rapper also detailed ideas for how to deal with equity and blanket licenses, as well as advances, which he said should stop when an artist re-signs with a label. “Record Companies have to buy into you, not loan you,” he wrote.

5. ADVANCES ARE JUST LOANS!!

On Artists re-signing these stop. Advances are Loans with 75% interest rates (or worse). NO other business in the world takes a look at the business, buys shares, starts to profit when it profits. Record Companies have to buy into you, not loan you.

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

 

On royalties, he pushed for portals to show an artist every song they had delivered, every store their music was being sold in, how many streams each song had and how much income they had earned per song. Continuing to discuss portals, West suggested that “every audio file, every asset, every deal [should be] stored WITH the money”. “Money and Music must stay together,” he said “When your term ends, download it all. Leave.”

6. ROYALTIES

Again back to dependents. You need a business manager to read how you did? So you pay to see your money!!! NO MORE.

Royalty portals need to show (and do not now)

Every song you delivered

Every store you are in

How many streams per song

Income per song

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

7. PORTALS

Are not just for royalties. They are for your entire business.  Every audio file, every asset, every deal stored WITH the money. Money and Music must stay together. When your term ends, download it all. Leave.

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

This is a call for all artist to unify … I will get my masters , I got the most powerful lawyer in music and I can afford them but every artist must be freed and treated fairly

— ye (@kanyewest) September 20, 2020

 

Wrapping up the guidelines, West said his tweets were “a call for all artist to unify”. “I will get my masters, I got the most powerful lawyer in music and I can afford them but every artist must be freed and treated fairly.” Read West’s tweets above now.

On Friday, the rapper promised that he would “personally” help Taylor Swift get her masters back. The singer’s old recordings were sold to a company owned by Scooter Braun last year and she claimed she had not been notified that the sale was going ahead or been given a chance to purchase it herself.

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Kanye West reveals there’s a Dr. Dre remix of ‘Use This Gospel’ featuring Eminem

West went on to explain that he has always “loved and respected” Eminem and that ‘Use This Gospel’ is his daughter North West’s favourite song.

“I HAVW ALWAYS LOVED AND RESPECTED YOU AND IM HONORED TO HAVE YOU BLESS THIS SONG,” he wrote. “ITS ALSO NORTH WEST’S FAVORITE KANYE WEST SONG OF ALL TIME.”

@Eminem THANK YOU FOR RAPPING ON THE DR DRE REMIX OF USE THIS GOSPEL I HAVW ALWAYS LOVED AND RESPECTED YOU AND IM HONORED TO HAVE YOU BLESS THIS SONG … ITS ALSO NORTH WEST’S FAVORITE KANYE WEST SONG OF ALL TIME

— ye (@kanyewest) September 18, 2020

Soon after thanking Eminem, West tweeted that he would “personally” help Taylor Swift get her master recordings back as he continued to discuss rights issues in the music industry.

The rapper began the conversation around record deals and artists’ rights earlier this week (September 15) when he shared his own contracts with Sony and Universal.

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West posted pages of his deals on Twitter and said he wouldn’t release any new music until he was released from the contracts. He also labelled himself “the new Moses” and said the music industry is a “modern-day slave ship.”

Earlier this week, Eminem‘s manager Paul Rosenberg shot down claims that the rapper was due to release new music to mark the 20th anniversary of Shady Records.

It came after designer Mike Saputo shared unused ‘Shady XX’ logos earlier this week on his Instagram page which he said he was designing assets for in 2019.

Meanwhile, Eminem has dropped a dizzying new verse on Big Sean‘s new posse cut ‘Friday Night Cypher’.

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Kanye West loses court case to get on Wisconsin ballot

“Candidates need to plan ahead and arrive in time to get into the building and file the papers in the office of the commission prior to the deadline, there are no exceptions under the statute or the relevant case law.”

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West’s lawsuit claimed that the deadline, which was set at 5pm, did not expire until 5:01pm and that his papers had still been accepted by staff. It also argued that because the commission’s building was locked when the star’s campaign staff arrived, they had to call the commission to be let in.

One worker at the commission said that West’s representatives hadn’t placed the paperwork on the counter until 5:01pm and by the time they were officially accepted it was several minutes past the deadline.

The decision could be appealed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court but, with state law requiring all mail votes to have been posted by September 17, the state elections commission have argued adding new nominees to the ballot and reprinting them would cause “confusion and disorder”.

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West announced his plans to run for president under The Birthday Party on July 4, 2020. He has missed the deadline to appear on ballots in numerous states and will only be able to win the election through a considerable write-in campaign.

Meanwhile, the star was hospitalised last week, citing “too much texting” as the cause of his injuries. On Wednesday (September 9), he shared an X-Ray image of his right hand and said he “had to get the cortisone mixed with a wittle sprinkle of lidocaine” to heal the problem.

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Kanye West ends up in hospital due to “too much texting”

West also shared a video of himself being injected with Lidocaine, which he said “worked instantly”. “The dexamethasone takes 24 to 48 hours. Modern medicine,” he added.

You can see those posts below.

Too much texting bro Had to get the cortisone mixed with a wittle sprinkle of lidocaine 🥋 pic.twitter.com/09O5givghJ

— ye (@kanyewest) September 9, 2020

Lidocaine worked instantly!!! The dexamethasone takes 24 to 48 hours Modern medicine ⛷ pic.twitter.com/0rkP4x2KVj

— ye (@kanyewest) September 8, 2020

Meanwhile, it has been reported that West has self-funded nearly £5million for his US presidential bid so far. It’s said a significant amount of the money spent on his campaign has gone to consulting firms who work to get West’s name on the ballot in states.

He’s suffered a number of setbacks since entering the White House race on July 4, and was removed from the ballot in Virginia last month after a judge said that 11 of his 13 electors in the state “were obtained by improper, fraudulent and/or misleading means”.

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In other news, West’s Sunday Service choir appeared to ‘walk’ on water during their performance in Fayetteville, Georgia last weekend (September 6). The series resumed with social distancing measures in place last month, having been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

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Kanye West disputes claims Republicans are paying him to help Trump’s re-election

Since he announced his intention to run for President earlier this year, there has been speculation that the star was doing so in order to help Trump get re-elected by taking votes away from Joe Biden. An investigation by New York Magazine also found that at least two people linked to his campaign were members of the GOP.

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The Genius that is @KanyeWest Tomorrow exclusively on my podcast @CannonsClassTV #CannonsClass

A post shared by NICK CANNON (@nickcannon) on Aug 31, 2020 at 9:37am PDT

Speaking in a teaser for an upcoming interview with Nick Cannon, West addressed those rumours. “People keep saying, ‘I think you and Republicans are in cahoots’,” he said. “Bro, can’t nobody pay me. I got more money than Trump.”

He added: “I’m not running for President – I’m walking.” Watch the teaser above now.

West has been accused of deceiving voters for signatures in order to qualify to be included on the ballot in Virginia. Two signed affidavits were submitted to the State Board of Elections by voters who claim they were deceived into signing up to serve as electors for West to get on the Virginia ballot. Another woman separately alleged that someone tried to get a vote for West from her under false pretences.

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The star is also reportedly suing the Ohio election chief in an effort to secure his place on the ballot in that state.

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Kanye West accused of “disrespecting Islam” with name of new Yeezy Boosts

Asriel is Islam’s archangel of death and is said to transport the souls of the deceased after they have passed on.

YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 ISRAFIL. AVAILABLE AUGUST 22 IN ASIA PACIFIC, EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA AT https://t.co/SNOmpVaWg8, ON THE ADIDAS APP IN SELECT COUNTRIES, AND IN SELECT ADIDAS STORES. pic.twitter.com/TqUvKf2ion

— adidas Originals (@adidasoriginals) August 17, 2020

The announcement was met with a lot of criticism from Muslims who have taken to social media to criticise the ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper and Adidas for “making a mockery of Islam.”

“Very disrespectful,” one Twitter user wrote. “Adidas is disrespecting Islam. Israfil is one of the four angels in Islam. Shame on @adidasoriginals and @kanyewest”

Another wrote: “Dear @Adidas I am gonna STOP buying and using your products if those Kanye West’s newest shoes’ names aren’t changed because it IT DOES NOT RESPECT Islam.”

“Kanye West and Adidas making mockery of Islam…..,” a third wrote.

Very disrespectful. Adidas is disrespecting Islam. Israfil is one of the four angels in Islam. Shame on @adidasoriginals and @kanyewest

— Tariqul Islam Jewel (@TariqulJewel) August 22, 2020

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Dear @adidas I am gonna STOP buying and using your products if those Kanye West's newest shoes' names aren't changed because it IT DOES NOT RESPECT Islam. #ShameOnKanyeWest #ShameOnYeezy

— saymyname (@SeptianaTri3) August 23, 2020

Kanye West and Adidas making mockery of Islam….. pic.twitter.com/LDHlJEiQ54

— Abdullah kun (@bin_zeshan) August 23, 2020

A petition has been started calling for Adidas to change the name of the shoes.

“It has came to the attention of the Global Muslim community that Adidas has allowed the production of a shoe that is named after an archangel in Islam,” the petition reads.

“Until further notice, we request all Muslims to boycott adiddas products, cease all sale of adidas products by any Muslim owned 3rd party retail shops until adidas ceases the production of this commodity.”

You can sign the petition here.

One person criticising the shoes wrote: “#KanyeWest new shoe named ‘Israfil’ In #Islam, Israfil is known to be the angel that will blow a trumpet to mark the ultimate end of the world. Naming a shoe after a significant Angel of God, in the Islamic religion, is highly disrespectful.”

“@kanyewest named his shoes Israfil & Azrael after angels in Islam,” another Twitter user said. “this is disrespectful & ignorant to the significance behind the names. obv he was trying to capitalize off Muslim consumers but failed bc he didn’t do research. certain things are off limits. this is one of them.”

Latest controversy#KanyeWest new shoe named 'Israfil'
In #Islam, Israfil is known to be the angel that will blow a trumpet to mark the ultimate end of the world.
Naming a shoe after a significant Angel of God, in the Islamic religion, is highly disrespectful.@MuslimAdvocates pic.twitter.com/D2s8qhkGwe

— Azra_H (@azra_hhh) August 19, 2020

@kanyewest named his shoes Israfil & Azrael after angels in Islam. this is disrespectful & ignorant to the significance behind the names. obv he was trying to capitalize off Muslim consumers but failed bc he didn't do research. certain things are off limits. this is one of them.

— Sofia (@sofia__haq) August 23, 2020

See more responses to the announcement of Kanye West’s new shoes below:

Out of all the names Kanye West | Adidas decided to use such a high rank angel name in our religion Islam "Israfil" https://t.co/yMMfhNcaAn

— Abdukadir Ugas (@AbdulkadirUgas) August 22, 2020

Fu** that fool and his whole line https://t.co/neTTrrL4BJ

— L0Ki (@cyphaloki) August 23, 2020

@kanyewest @theyeezymafia @adidas shame on you for using the name of Islam's four archangels for a shoe name. That's cultural appropriation and it is wrong and upsetting to our Muslim community. Change the shoe name. #culturalappropriation

— Sandra (@sanbrown76) August 23, 2020

Isn’t Israfil an Angel in Islam? @kanyewest what’s the matlib of this bruv? pic.twitter.com/UPtqGPMVYP

— Waqas Saeed (WAX) (@waqas_bey) August 18, 2020

This week, Kanye West was removed from the election ballot in Ohio and Illinois after being barred from featuring in Wisconsin.

The rapper’s 2020 presidential campaign, under the banner of The Birthday Party, has hit several snags since he announced it earlier this year, including missing deadlines to get his name on the ballot in numerous states.

After the news that West had been barred from appearing on the ballot in Wisconsin because he filed his paperwork late, a further two states have returned verdicts on whether he can be named on the voting slip in November.

Meanwhile, Nick Cave was quick to shut down any rumours that the delayed release of Kanye West’s forthcoming album was due to a last-minute collaboration between the two artists.

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