I’m indifferent to Kanye West and Ty Dollar $igns new album dropping this Friday. So far it seems like this is Kanye’s first album that feels more complete compared to the Donda releases, which is exciting.

But I feel like the world has forgotten what Kanye has said and done in the past. People deserve forgiveness, but with the Israel and Gaza war and all the other anti-Semitic behavior in the world right now, it feels wrong to be so excited about Kanye’s new music without recognizing his part in spreading bad rhetoric.

I believe in free speech and believe in people having differing views. Consequences of doing certain things are non-trivial, but government involvement is never the answer. I just feel icky being excited about new art by someone I am also still disappointed in.

Kanye was my favorite music artist for years. I defended his behavior in the past feeling like it was necessary to make the amazing work he has made. Since his remarks on Alex Jones, and other instances, I no longer can defend him.

Vultures might be amazing, but it will never be the same for me as it was in the past when new Kanye music dropped.

December 14, 2023