6 Critics Of Kanye West
You only have to take a glimpse at XXL's news feed to see that Kanye West has been everywhere lately. West has been on a systematic campaign to let loose his unfiltered thoughts during radio interviews, television appearances and nightly rants during his concerts. Kanye is unhappy with the state of the fashion industry and Corporate America who he claims are blocking him from achieving his potential of becoming the next Steve Jobs or Walt Disney.
Of course, not everybody has been receptive to Kanye's message. There have been a few famous people who have taken the opportunity to publicly criticize Kanye for his comments and behavior in recent months. Here are 6 celebrities who have become Kanye Wes critics over the last year.
Kanye West and radio and television host Sway Calloway have enjoyed a relationship that has gone back years. West even bought Sway his first television after he learned that the longtime hip-hop personality did own a set.
Thus, it came as a bit of surprise when Sway and Kanye got into a heated argument on Shade 45's Sway In The Morning show last week. Kanye had been venting his frustrations regarding his inability to garner funding from corporations for his proposed high-end fashion line when Sway posed a simple question that set the rapper off. "Why don’t you empower yourself…and do it yourself?, " Sway asked.
"You ain't got the answers, Sway," Kanye was soon screaming at Calloway. After a couple of heated moments, Sway told Kanye that he "ain't got to turn up" and did not need to act this way while on-air. Cooler heads prevailed between the two friends and the interview continued on smoothly.
Kanye West is fond of telling anybody that he listens that he considers himself a "creative genius." While West is quick to point his self-opinion out, he has also spoken about how he understands that very declaration of his creative supremacy is bound to rankle some people. It seems as if comedian Nick Cannon is one of those people who are critical of Kanye calling himself a genius.
Recently, Kanye West went on the radio to declare that he thought consumers should boycott luxury company Louis Vuitton after the company's CEO Yves Carcelle refused to meet with Yeezy during a recent trip to Paris for the rapper.
Katt Williams wasn't buying any boycott of the brand and after TMZ's cameras caught up with the comedian he declared, “I would hope that’s not what we use all that black power for.” Williams said before adding “I didn’t even know we were mad.”
Williams did go on to say that he appreciated Kanye’s willingness to speak up against Louis Vuitton in situations like this in wake of Jay Z's controversial continued involvement with Barneys New York.
“It’s a good thing for him to say.” Katt said. “I’m saying I appreciate that. Cuz I’m saying that they were talking about Jay Z because of how he responded with Barneys. This is the opposite of that.”
As part of the promo for his ongoing Yeezus Tour, Kanye West has been selling merchandise emblazoned with the Confederate flag. West has been criticized for his controversial sartorial choice leading Yeezy to respond in a recent interview, "The Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. That's my abstract take on what I know about it, right? So I wrote the song, 'New Slaves.' So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It's my flag now. Now what you gonna do?"
Meanwhile, there is one prominent celebrity that is not buying West's choice to rock gear that sports the Confederate flag, Queens MC Q-Tip.
"Fuck the Confederate flag," Tip wrote on Twitter last month, adding "I love Kanye, No shots, but my people continue to suffer psychologically from hardships that happened under that banner."
One of the biggest hip-hop stories of the year was the beef that brewed between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel. West took major umbrage with a parody video that the comedian had aired on his late night talk show that mocked West for the rapper's zany interview with Zane Lowe of the BBC. Yeezy took to Twitter where he went on extended rant on Kimmel. The comedian responded with tweets of his own that mocked and dismissed West.
A week later, the beef spilled over onto Kimmel's television show when 'Ye made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! After a tense couple of moments in which Kimmel asked "I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people think you're a jerk," the pair came to an understanding.
Over the years, there has been no love lost between Kanye West and President Barack Obama. In 2009, the President famously declared that Yeezy was "a jackass" after 'Ye's infamous bum-rushing of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the the VMAs that year.
In August 2013, the President continued his criticism of West during an interview with Amazon.com. The President talked about "shift in culture" and growing obsession with wealth and materialism that was emblematic of public figures such as West and his fiancée Kim Kardashian.
"I don't think people went around saying to themselves, 'I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house,'" the President said. "I think there has also been a shift in culture. We weren't exposed to the things we didn't have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren't monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing or where Kanye West was going on vacation and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success."
In recent interviews, West has taken offense with the President saying, "He’s just trying to be cool in front of a room full of people that would be judging him, also,” Kanye said in regards to the President’s past critical comments towards West.