THE gift that keeps on giving. Kanye’s feud with his soon to be ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new boyfriend Pete Davidson reached a new high (or low) at the weekend as Ye linked up with fellow rapper The Game to release the single Eazy, his first release since Donda last August.
Before getting into the gossip, it’s worth pointing out that the track is very good. It’s made up of a verse each for The Game and Ye, accompanied by a thumping beat and a catchy sample (“he was once a thug from around the way”) from a 1988 Eazy E song called Eazy Duz It. Listen to the track below:
The Game delivers a decent verse addressing Dr Dre’s influence on hip hop and the problems society faces with gang violence, but it’s Ye’s lyric “God saved me from that crash, so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass,” that is grabbing everyone’s attention.
Ye is referring to the near-fatal car accident he was involved in back in 2002, and he apparently now believes his sole purpose in life after surviving that ordeal is to beat up the Saturday Night Live star for dating his wife.
Ye and Kim married in 2014, with Kardashian filing for divorce in February 2021 citing “irreconcilable differences”. The former couple have four children together, which Ye also mentions in Eazy as he talks about childcare and the importance of having family around – a responsibility he isn’t taking lightly after buying a mansion across the street from Kim’s Los Angeles residence.
The Jesus Walks rapper also touches on his divorce during the track, perhaps ironically claiming that he’s having the “best divorce ever”. The song is full of intricate wordplay by Kanye and serves as a fascinating window into what’s going on in his head at this moment.
Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticised the duo for using an image of a skinned monkey as the single’s artwork, saying on Twitter: “The disturbing image of a skinned monkey that Kanye West shared serves as a reminder that there’s no real difference between humans & other animals. Their lives aren’t easy when we abuse & kill them for food, experiments, clothing, or entertainment.”
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