Kanye West’s 2020 presidency was divisive. This caused some fans to question the rapper (who now goes by Yeh)’s decision, and it also caused a rift with one of his oldest collaborators, John Legend. In an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod,ax filesOn the podcast, Legend discusses how his one-time music compatriot and producer went from a friend and studio confidant to a more distant acquaintance following West’s disastrous White House bid.
“Well, you know, we’re not as friends as we used to be, because I honestly think because we publicly disagreed on Trump running for office, supporting him, I think our Maintaining the friendship has become too much for us, honestly,” said the legend. donda The rapper who heartily insulted former President Trump and proudly displayed the number 45 signature red MAGA hat on social media during the 2020 race. “He was angry that I didn’t support his running for President of the United States for understandable reasons.”
And while Legend knows he wasn’t alone in kicking off West’s Fools’ campaign—which garnered 60,000 votes out of more than 158 million cast—he said Kanye “wasn’t happy about that… Haven’t been close since.” When asked what people can’t get about this, Legend spoke of being very open about his mental health struggles and being “very real” and with his own opinions and their challenges. Appreciate the MC.
“I think you get a lot of what you see with him,” Legend said. “I don’t think he’s a different person in public than in private. I think you’re seeing the real Kanye in public.”
Before chronicling their broken relationship, Legend recounts how he first met ‘Ye’ when the two were new to New York with music and trying to crack a demo. “He was really in a position to help me as a producer, and he started making more and more connections in the business,” he said of West, who at the time hired Legend for his production company, Good Music. was signed, which eventually helped the singer get a deal with Columbia Records in 2004.
The legend also discussed his FreeAmerica Project talking about mass incarceration, as well as their racial equality-focused human scale The organization and her mother’s struggle to self-medicate may have inspired her career-long interest in social justice and criminal justice reform. “Sometimes, especially when you’re younger, you don’t see the macro view of things. You’re just looking at what’s going on in your life. And then as a person who’s with the police Used to avoid engaging, I saw that I was capable of doing that,” he said.
“And you start looking at everything through the lens of personal responsibility. You’re thinking, OK, my mom made mistakes. She faced her trauma and her tragedy in the wrong way, and that had consequences for her.” And then I had a lot of friends, you know, who got in trouble with the law. You know, some of them were hustle, they were drug dealing. They were in situations they shouldn’t have been in. “
So, as a young man, he focused on the mistakes made by his friends, not on the fact that the laws under which he was sanctioned were “vulnerable to men and women from a political point of view.” were written.” Those approaches, he said, helped put America in the place where we have the most citizens of any country in the world. After reading up on issues that piqued his interest, Legend said he tried to find a way to apply all that knowledge.
“And so as an older person, I was able to connect my mother’s personal trauma and struggle to all the other millions of people who have gone through substance abuse, mental health struggles, all these other struggles they’ve gone through.” And how we as a nation have decided to treat those issues with a single solution almost all the time, which is putting more and more people off,” he said.
“Anyone who deals with pregnancy knows that none of it is accidental. None of it is trivial. And it is very intimate and it is very personal,” he said. “We are our governors and our legislators. How do you want to, most of whom are men in this room with a doctor and with this person who is dealing with their pregnancy? Why do we want our government to be involved in those decisions?
“If you decide they weren’t allowed to have an abortion, after all that trauma, after all that pain, after all those tears we were going to have the local DA or local law enforcement do an investigation and make sure. Make sure that abortion was approved by the state, not just the routine operation of mill abortions,” he continued. It is so humiliating for me to involve the government in any way in the decision making that they have between themselves and their doctor. it’s nasty. This is evil. It shouldn’t even be discussed. The government should not be involved in this.”
“I don’t envision myself doing this in the future. I did when I was a kid. I wanted to be president and I wanted to be certain things… I know there are enough people to be president, especially since a [Barack Obama] that I am good I don’t need it in my life. You know, I love what I do. I love my day job. But I also like the work we do politically and philanthropically.”
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