John Legend vented his frustration as he hit out at his "former favorite rappers" who support Donald Trump ahead of the U.S. election.
The "All of Me" hitmaker appeared during a final rally for Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in Philadelphia, during which he highlighted "the meanness, the bullying, the selfishness of Donald Trump".
"Some people... mistake it for strength, a kind of twisted masculinity," he says. "Some see his greed and they mistake it for being good at business. Some of your former favorite rappers have been taken in by these lies,” said Legend, apparently calling out rappers including Kanye West, Ice Cube, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne who declared their support for Trump in recent weeks.
"I think they've even founded a new supergroup, it's called The Sunken Place," John remarked. "But Trump's Platinum Plan for Black folks is nothing but fool's gold. Because you can't bank on a word he says."
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Kanye West is puzzled by a drastic drop in his Twitter followers in recent weeks.
The mega producer still hopes to become the 46th President in the U.S. But he has more pressing issues at hand. He's noticed his social media fanbase has decreased considerably - and he wants answers.
In a post on the social media platform, the "Gold Digger" rapper insisted his number of followers has dropped by a full 100,000 followers.
Posting a series of chin-stroking emojis, Kanye shared a screenshot of his Twitter account and wrote: "I was at 31 million followers 4 weeks ago and now I've been held at 30.9 million followers for the last 4 weeks."
Many of his followers were sympathetic, suggesting that fans may have unfollowed him because of his stance on abortion and other issues.
After launching his presidential bid on July 4, the rapper held a rally in South Carolina where he touched on topics from abortion to race relations to space travel. He recalled how he and wife Kim Kardashian almost terminated their eldest daughter North West.
In subsequent Twitter posts, he raged against Kim and his mother-in-law Kris Jenner, claiming they were trying to put him in the hospital and take his kids away from him. He also told fans he had been trying to divorce Kim for two years.
She later jumped on social media and suggested her husband was experiencing a bipolar episode and Kanye later publicly apologized to her.
Former socialite Amber West revealed ex-fiancé Kanye West has bullied her for a decade, and she's tired of it.
Amber, who dated Kanye for two years, revealed they split on bad terms in 2010. She claimed Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian-West was one of the reasons that she and Kanye split.
Amber may sound bitter, but she claims Kanye continues to bully her a decade after they split.
"Even if someone is picking on me which he has for 10 years. He has picked on me, he has bullied me for 10 years," Amber said on the No Jumper YouTube channel. "He just called me a prostitute and, like, 10 years later, just leave me alone."
She added: "And then I'm a woman... you're bullying me, like, just move on with your life!"
Amber assumed her ex is calling her out to make his wife more comfortable. The mom-of-two suggested she may be the wedge between Kanye and Kim that drove him to move to Wyoming two years ago.
"I always stood up for Kim," said Amber. "I always, like, she had an ex-boyfriend that she loved at the time and she made a sex tape... it's just not a big deal to me.
Amber, who shares a son named Sebastian with rapper Wiz Khalifa, has a son named Slash with current boyfriend Alexander Edwards.
If Kanye West is out of the race for president, he hasn't gotten the memo. The mega producer unveiled his first campaign ad on Twitter on Monday.
He captioned the ad: "we stepping out on faith."
Standing against a backdrop of a black and white flag, Kanye said, "America. What is America's destiny? What is best for our nation? Our people? What is just, true justice? We have to think about all these things together as a people."
The father of four went on to discuss his vision for America.
"To contemplate our future, to live up to our dream, we must have vision. We as a people will revive our nation's commitment to faith, to what our Constitution calls the free exercise of religion, including, of course, prayer. Through prayer, faith can be restored," he said.
Kanye, 43, hopes to become this nation's 46th president. But he has a steep uphill climb against Donald Trump and his challenger Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
"We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves," said Kanye. "We are not only a beacon to the world, but we should be servants to each other. To encourage each other, to help each other to lift up each other.
"Our fellow Americans, that we may all prosper together. We have to act on faith, with the sure knowledge that we are pursuing the right goals and doing the right things. We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. Families are the building blocks of society, of a nation. By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people God intends us to be."
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Kanye West took an opportunity to promote his U.S. presidential bid at a London fashion show during London Fashion Week.
The 43-year-old rapper and his 7-year-old daughter North West were spotted in the English capital on Friday, Oct. 9, where they attended the Bottega Veneta fashion show at Sadler's Wells Theater.
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Arriving at the venue, the stylish father and daughter were photographed each wearing matching black sweatshirts that read "Vote Kanye" in bold white letters.
In one photo, Kanye and his daughter walked closely together while proudly showing off his presidential merchandise. He completed the look with a pair of black sunglasses and army pants, and the pair also wore face masks.
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In another snap, the "Gold Digger" star switched up his look to rock a bright blue T-shirt and black leather pants while North wore an oversized black sweatshirt promoting her dad's presidential bid.
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Their London appearance comes a week after the Yeezy mogul took to Twitter to send well wishes to incumbent President Donald Trump and his wife Melania following their positive coronavirus diagnoses.
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Kanye pleaded for civility between the 2 major political parties in the U.S.
"There's a crying need for civility across the board. We need to and will come together in the name of Jesus," tweeted the husband of Kim Kardashian. "I'm praying for President Trump's and Melania's full recovery, just as I would for Joe and Jill Biden if they were stricken, as well as everyone else with COVID-19.”
President Trump, 74, spent three days receiving treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. A week later he was cleared by his doctor to return to the campaign trail.
When Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West exchanged vows, she promised to care for her estranged husband in sickness and in health.
Years later, she did just that when Kanye came down with the flu-like coronavirus.
Kim covers the premiere issue of GRAZIA magazine. She tells the publication about Kanye's "scary" experience with the virus.
"Kanye had it way at the beginning, when nobody really knew what was going on," she said. "It was so scary and unknown. I had my four babies and no one else in the house to help."
The reality TV star said she went to Kanye's Wyoming ranch to care for the ailing music producer during his illness, adding that "changing his sheets with gloves and a face shield was really a scary time."
"I had to go and change his sheets and help him get out of bed when he wasn't feeling good. It was a challenge because it was so unknown," Kim explained.
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Kim and Kanye have lived in separate states for at least two years. But Kim flew to her estranged husband's bedside to help him get back on his feet.
Kanye told Forbes in July that his flu-like symptoms included "chills" and "shaking in bed" from a high fever.
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He also watched videos "telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it," he said.
"I remember someone had told me [rapper] Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can't be sicker than me."
Kim added that she believes the slowing pandemic is God's way of telling Mother Earth to take a break.
"I'm the type of person that respects the process, that respects what's going on in the world," she said. "Maybe our planet needed a break."
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Tennis superstar Venus Williams was among the masked arrivals at the ready-to-wear Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2021 runway fashion show in Paris, France on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Bella Hadid was seen leaving her house and arriving at a hair salon in NYC. The top model stepped out in a sexy low cut top with the words "Super Nature" on it, athletic pants, sneakers and her hair parted down the center and styled into two long braids.
Nicole Murphy showed off her rock hard abs as she waits to cross the street following a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
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Kanye West headed out after a quick bite at Nobu in Malibu. The mega producer's chances of becoming the nation's 46th president are fading.
Tory Lanez was seen filming scenes for his new music video on the West Village in New York. The troubled rapper is striving to save his career after he allegedly shot rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the foot.
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Anne Heche was spotted having fun with fellow contestant Vernon Davis at the DWTS studio on Sunday. Anne stormed off the set of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night when she was eliminated after a goof by host Tyra Banks.
Tyra, 46, announced the wrong partners in the bottom two. Actually, Anne and her partner Neo Motsepe and Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd were in the bottom two. Anne and her partner were then eliminated, leaving Anne furious. Tyra apologized for the mixup, saying, "There has been an error in the control room. This is the craziness of live TV. I'm so sorry. This is live TV."
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New York radio host Charlamagne the god claims Kanye West is in debt to Big Sean, an artist on his G.O.O.D. Music label.
Kanye went on a Twitter.com rant, denouncing Universal Music Group for refusing to give him ownership of his masters.
In a series of tweets over several days, Kanye posted his entire contract on Twitter. The 43-year-old mega producer tweeted a video that showed him urinating on one of his 21 Grammy Awards submerged in a toilet bowl.
But Charlamagne insists that Kanye West doesn't treat his own artists the way he wants to be treated by the overlords at UMG.
During a recent Breakfast Club "Rumor Report" segment, Charlamagne claimed Kanye owes Big Sean millions of dollars while keeping 50% of the rapper's royalties and profits.
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"The restraint Big Sean shows to Kanye West is remarkable," Charlemagne said. "I hope one day Big Sean tells his story, but just know Kanye West owes Big Sean a whole lot of money and he got Big Sean in a very terrible contract to be out here screaming about giving folks their masters back."
Charlamagne wasn't done. He said Kanye won't help his own artists get their masters back.
"Kanye West owes Big Sean $3 million, Kanye West gets half of Sean's profits and half of Sean's royalties, and Kanye wouldn't agree to Big Sean getting his masters back from Def Jam... Kanye needs to do right by Big Sean."
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Kanye West defended rap mogul Jay Z upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a temporary ban for sharing a journalist's phone number on his timeline.
Kanye, 43, tweeted screenshots of messages by blogger Akademiks, featuring the headline, "Jay Z Allegedly Sold Kanye's Masters to Get Own Masters Back."
"Don't let the system pit us against each other," Kanye tweeted on Friday. "JAY IS MY BROTHER ... I have eternal love for all artist that have been through and are still trapped this crooked system. Jay still doesn't get his own masters back for ten years. I will see to it that we all get our masters."
He added: "we will change the paradigm."
Kanye, who is battling Universal Music Group for ownership of his masters, posted his entire contract on Twitter earlier this week.
Several music industry execs who read through the contracts concluded that Jay Z sold Kanye's first six albums in order to get his own masters back.
@lavidaNOTA, a South African label owner, wrote:
"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!
"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that's what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."
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Now we know why Kanye West hates Jay Z with a passion. Kanye went on a Twitter rampage, posting his contracts and urinating on his Grammy Award.
@lavidaNOTA, who calls himself The Authority, is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts that Kanye posted on Twitter.com this week.
@lavidaNOTA writes, "I have 16-years experience in the music business... It took me all night to understand Kanye's contracts. Aspiring artists have no idea what they are getting themselves into. This is why it’s important to ask people who have been through it for advice!"
Apparently, Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye's first six albums just so he could get his own masters back.
"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!"
"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that’s what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."
@lavidaNOTA says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banning Kanye from Twitter had nothing to do with him posting a Forbes editor's phone number.
"Jack Dorsey aka @jack was jogging with Jay Z just a few weeks ago. Now Kanye is banned from tweeting for 12-24 hours. Sounds about rights!"