Kanye West calls out President Trump in new rap: ‘How about we stop hiding in bunkers?’
Kanye West continues to deliver sensational details about his 2020 presidential run, despite an apparent lack of an actual campaign. The rapper, 43, said in a “rambling” interview Tuesday with Forbes that he contracted the coronavirus in February, no longer supports President Donald Trump and plans to run as a member of the “Birthday Party.” And on Thursday, Forbes released audio of three freestyle raps recorded during the West interview. The muffled, meandering songs feature him rapping without accompaniment, as he takes on coronavirus, racial justice protests and Trump himself. “Try to keep us quiet, cause riots / look at what the COVID’s made / this hate,” West raps on a track titled “This Is What the Covid’s Made.” “How about we change up the meal plan / how about we stop hiding in the bunkers and be a real man?”
The lyrics reference how Trump was briefly moved to the White House’s underground bunker in May amid protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis. Talking to Forbes, West said he has lost confidence in Trump’s leadership, despite showing public support for the president over the last four years.
“I am taking the red hat off,” he said. “It looks like one big mess to me. … One of the main reasons I wore the red hat as a protest to the segregation of votes in the Black community. Also, other than the fact that I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.” As for his own political aspirations, West said his running mate will be Michelle Tidball, a preacher based in Wyoming, where West and wife Kim Kardashian have a ranch. The rapper said he registered to vote for the first time in Cody, Wyoming, on Monday.
USA TODAY has reached out to Tidball for comment.
There is no evidence as of Wednesday that West has a campaign organization, nor is there any indication he has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission just four months before the Nov. 3 election. Despite the apparent lack of an official campaign, West, who tweeted at the end of June about having a “forthcoming album,” denied to Forbes that the run was a publicity stunt and said he planned on giving the album away for free.