Kanye Performs For The First Time Since Antisemitic Rant
Kanye is back. The controversial rapper returned to the stage alongside Travis Scott’s massive performance in Rome. In the livestream of Scott’s performance, the Utopia rapper addresses the crowd before he brings out Ye.
“Only one human being on this mother f****** planet that has ever walked side by side with me through anything and every mother f****** thing,” Scott yells at the crowd.
Ye hit the stage and performed “Praise God” which features Scott from his 2021 Donda album. He later performed “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” a staple song in the rapper’s discography.
This marks Ye’s first performance since his antisemitic remarks last year. Following Ye’s antisemitic comments, he was dropped from Balenciaga, Gap, and Adidas. While the latter has cut ties with the rapper they recently announced that they will begin selling the rest of the Yeezy stock they have left over. The sportswear company will be donating part of the profits to George Floyd’s brother’s foundation Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change. They will also be donating to the Anti-Defamation League.
His antisemitic remarks also strained the relationship between him and Ice Cube. In the since-deleted episode of Drink Champs, Ye claimed that the former N.W.A. member “really influenced” him to “get on this anti-Semite vibe.”
“I hate that my name was dragged into this Drunk Champs bulls—,” Cube tweeted last October. “I don’t know what Ye meant by his statements, you’re gonna have to ask him.” Cube has long been accused of antisemitism. On “No Vaseline,” a diss track off the 1991 album Death Certificate, he rapped about Jerry Heller, N.W.A’s former manager, who is Jewish. “Get rid of that Devil real simple / Put a bullet in his temple / ’Cause you can’t be the N—- 4 Life crew / With a white Jew telling you what to do.” In 2020, he was criticized for sharing memes considered to be antisemitic on social media.
The two have since seemingly made up as they were photographed back in June hugging and smiling at one another, according to Page Six.
Take a look at Kanye’s moment back on stage here.