Kanye West has never been afraid to say exactly what’s on his mind, no matter how controversial.
This time, he’s targeting the very foundation of the African-American struggle and pride just as Black History Month is kicking off. Kanye took time out of his busy schedule posted an all-black photo on Instagram and captioned it, “February Is Now Black Future Month.”
The overall response from thousands of fans and friends was positive, with Hitboy, Jermaine Dupri, and Pusha T offering up fire emojis. Others rebuked Kanye, with one saying, “Nah, it’s Black History Month. We need to teach about slavery, lynchings and terror against black people. It needs to be taught.”
Kanye has a history of controversial statements about black history, including the doozy from 2008 when he told TMZ “Slavery was a choice” and more recently during his 2020 presidential rally when he said, “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves… she just had the slaves go work for other white people.” The comment about the venerated Black revolutionary elicited rebuke from 50 Cent, Nas who said the comment about Harriet was “some fuck shit,” and T.I who offered an entire dissertation on the matter.
Kanye West is known for pushing the boundary in fashion, music, and politics. However, don’t step to him about an NFT. Apparently, the groundbreaking artist has been getting tons of inquiries about selling his art as NFTs and he is not having it.
When he is not canceling Black History Month, Ye can be found in the studio getting tracks ready for DONDA 2. The enigmatic rapper said the album will drop next month. However, after suffering through several false dawns on the original, fans say they will believe it when they see it.