Rapper Kanye West is also known for delivering poignant speeches on racism. But he surprised many people over the weekend when he delivered a freestyle rap on the same topic. The “Yeezus” rapper was in Atlanta on Saturday night to attend a radio station's 20th birthday bash when he delivered the unforgettable performance.
“See that’s the magic of racism, it works on itself,” West rapped, according to Missinfo.tv. “We hate each other, screw each other, kill each other when we can’t kill nobody else.” West also rapped about the recent slayings of nine church members in Charleston, South Carolina.
“500 N---- gettin’ pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-popped, and South Carolina didn’t help,” West rapped, referring to the slayings. A gunman opened fire in a church on Wednesday night, during a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, CNN reported. The 21-year-old suspect, Dylann Roof, is a white man who is now in police custody.
West's Atlanta performance also included a guest appearance by 2 Chainz during a rendition of “Mercy.”
It is not the first time that West has addressed the issue of racism. The Grammy Award-winning musician and designer addressed the topic in an acceptance speech at the BET Honors show in February. “At the barbershop and everything, I used to hear people always saying, you know, ‘When an entertainer go on, you know he’s going to go on and get a white girl’,” West said, as Rolling Stone reported. “‘And the white girl gonna go get a rich black dude.’ I want to say that my wife has dated broke black dudes, so it ain’t got nothing to do with the money.”
The 37-year-old was given the BET Visionary Award at the event. He also told the audience about an incident in which some unknown people wrote “N---- Lover” on the car of the late Robert Kardashian, father of West's wife, Kim Kardashian West. He said his wife was a child at that time and failed to understand why her dad was so furious upon seeing those words.
“One day, you may have a black child. A beautiful, beautiful, beautiful black child. And it’s gonna be hard. You’re gonna see how hard it is,” Kim's dad told her at that time, West said in his speech.