Listen to Kanye West’s Divisive New Songs

Listen to Kanye West’s Divisive New Songs

"Lift Yourself" and "Ye vs. The People" are getting people talking for entirely different reasons.

"Lift Yourself" and "Ye vs. The People" are getting people talking for entirely different reasons.

Text: Jake Viswanath

You can call Kanye West a multitude of names and descriptors, but one that would be factually wrong is "unexciting," whether for better or worse. In the midst of his divisive return to Twitter, where he's publicly supported Trump and sounded off on critics restricting his free speech whilst also promoting love and openness in the world, the rapper used the medium to release two new tracks. Although this is not confirmed, these may just be the first offerings from Kanye's forthcoming new album—and they're just as controversial as one may think, albeit for completely different reasons.

Politically charged number "Ye vs. The People" sees the artist spar with his rapper peer T.I. (representing "the People" in this instance) about issues like police brutality, Barack Obama, and yes, Donald Trump, acting as a debate via hip-hop. West raps about wearing Make American Great Again hats and turning them into a positive symbol, while T.I. acts as his foil, going on about how detrimental his beliefs are to the community—a fascinating audible version of his Twitter feed, if you will. His other new cut, "Lift Yourself," sees West mesh hard-hiring bass with the sounds of a motivational gospel choir before he goes into a verse that has everyone puzzled. Never did we think that "scoopity poop" would be the most relevant words of the day. Listen for yourself below.

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