Day two of Kanye West wilding out on Twitter went into full effect on Thursday (April 26) following the thunderous internet uproar incited by his Donald Trump-supportive tweets just a day prior.
Several influential voices of hip-hop shared their thoughts on ‘Ye’s controversial position in the digital space as well. R&B-soul singer-songwriter John Legend took another route, however, and brought his words for Kanye directly to his SMS text inbox.
The Life of Pablo rapper posted a screenshot of their texting conversation started by John, who asked him to think twice about his siding with the polarizing White House occupant. He reminded Yeezy of his preeminent power and influence, especially over his fans, and what such endorsements of folks like Trump could mean for them.
“As you know, what you say really means something to your fans,” he wrote. “They are loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color.”
John warned him not to allow the controversy to taint his legacy as the “greatest artist of our generation.” Yeezy welcomed John’s words, but not without more “free-thinking” rebuttal.
“You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought,” he responded after sending his love back to the “All of Me” singer.
That’s not all what his intent was though, John clarified, and he even encouraged his freedom of thought. He did remind him that there are consequences of his behavior. While he was at it, and in a more light-hearted portion of the conversation, he asked him a quick favor as well.
“And since you’re posting texts, let me add that I have a new single out haha,” John concluded.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that ‘Ye will budge. But at least there’s someone willing to go the extra mile to talk and text some sense into him, anyway.
See their exchange, and Yeezy’s explanation for posting their text thread, below.
I tweeted the John text to show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion. I respect everyone's opinion but I stand my ground.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
I really appreciate this dialogue with John Legend because I'm actually very empathetic. Im still the kid from the telethon. I feel when people think of MAGA they don't think of empathy.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
This is year one. We can't ad empathy to MAGA by hating. We can only ad empathy with love and time and truly hearing all sides— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
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