When Kanye West announced his forthcoming debut album The Life Of Pablo in April, the rapper was already well known for his lyrics that could be construed as racist, misogynistic, and generally offensive.
But that’s only the beginning of the album’s offensive content.
“All the time I’m on the run from the cops/I’m gonna get up in the morning/Like I know how to use the bathroom/I know how many people I can get away with/When I’m not getting in trouble for it/But the shit I say about the police is just so real,” West rapped on “All Day.”
“The police don’t matter/All I do is tell you how to be the best person you can be.”
The lyrics and the rest of West’s raps, in short, have been interpreted by some as a way to defend white supremacy, and he’s been praised for his words and spoken out about them.
But the lyrics are actually the first step in an overall plan to paint himself as a hero for the downtrodden.
“I’m a man who gets away with murder/ I’m a good man who’s never been in trouble/ And the truth is I’m just like the good guys/ The truth is that I’m in the right/ So don’t be fooled/ I have more to offer than you do/ If you wanna hear the truth, listen to me,” West continued on “Phenomenal.”
The album, like the previous two installments, will include contributions from artists like Snoop Dogg, Chance The Rapper, and the Chainsmokers.
The track “F**k the Police,” meanwhile, is a parody of the rapper’s own words, saying, “F— the police.”
The words came from West’s Instagram account when he tweeted about the Black Lives Matter movement.
While West has been criticized for his recent use of racial slurs in public, it’s worth noting that his tweets have often referenced Black Lives Matters activism, and that’s how he got the idea to use these words.
“We got to be strong for the Black people/ Because I’m the best in the world,” West said during a January 2016 interview with the Associated Press.
“But I’m also not a white guy, I’m an all-black guy.
And we got to take care of each other.”
The song was eventually picked up by major artists, including Eminem and Lil Wayne.
The rapper has also made a name for himself as an outspoken critic of police brutality, but his most recent tweets have focused on his personal experiences.
“If you wanna be the man you think you are/ Be the man who is proud of who you are,” West tweeted on April 29.
“You gotta be able to stand up/ Stand up for the people who are oppressed.
I’m proud of you/ But be proud of your ass.”
“You’re a better person than the police,” he continued on June 10.
“That’s what I was trying to say with that tweet.”
In recent months, West has also gone on record saying he believes the police are “a bunch of thugs.”
As a result, he’s also been a vocal critic of the Department of Justice, which he called “the biggest and most corrupt law enforcement agency in America.”
In an interview with MTV, West expressed his anger over how the Justice Department treats minorities.
“They are the worst law enforcement agencies I’ve ever been around,” he said.
“It’s just a total disrespect for us and our rights.
We’re just the people they take care that you’re not breaking the law.
That’s why I’m pissed off.”
The rapper was also a vocal proponent of the Black Panthers in the 1970s and 1980s, and even once compared the movement to the Black Liberation Army, which West has labeled a “terrorist organization.”
West’s actions also came as a surprise to fans who were expecting him to be more respectful of minorities in the future.
“The whole point of ‘Phenomaniac’ was to be respectful to the people that were doing the things that we were doing, and we weren’t trying to be disrespectful,” West told MTV News in February.
“To me, I feel like the only people that are disrespectful to us are people who weren’t involved in the Black Panther movement.”