Following Kanye West’s “White Lives Matter” stunt, a writer from his album 808s & Heartbreak has announced that he will be donating his publishing cut from the album to Black Lives Matter in a bid to combat what has been seen as a racist act from the rapper.
For his Yeezy fashion show in Paris earlier this month. Kanye West, alongside infamous African-American conservative politician Candace Owens, decided to sport sweatshirts bearing the slogan “White Lives Matter”.
Most are disgusted by West’s actions and are publicly condemning West. Many celebrities have also condemned West, including rapper Boosie Badazz and actor Jaden Smith. While many believe West’s designs were part of a marketing ploy, he has successfully reignited the fire he created four years ago during his rant on African-American history at the TMZ offices.
Four years ago, during the said rant, he proclaimed: “400 years of slavery, that sounds like a choice”, and with his latest designs, he has again undermined African-American suffering.
The writer donating her royalties from 808’s & Heartbreak names Esthero is a Canadian songwriter who helped West write some of the most popular songs from his fourth album, including ‘Love Lockdown’, ‘Robocop’ and ‘Streetlights’ and made the decision following Kanye’s latest move.
Taking to Twitter, Esthero openly shared her support for Black Lives Matter (often stylised BLM) following West’s recent stunt, offering to donate her royalties from her work with Kanye to BLM. Since the show, Kanye has labelled BLM as a “scam”, taking to Instagram to write: “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam”. He followed this with, “Now it’s over…you’re welcome.”
In the past six weeks alone, Kanye has done so much to garner attention and disrupt the status quo that many people are tired of him. He has blasted GAP, Balenciaga and Adidas. He went on Good Morning America to talk about Kim Kardashian and now this.
Only Kanye knows what he’s going to do next. In the meantime, you can listen to ‘Love Lockdown’ produced by Kanye West and written by Esthero in the video below.