John Legend Appears To Cryptically Respond To Kanye West’s Controversial Tweets
26 April 2018, 10:49
"Artists can't be blind to the truth."
The 'All Of Me' is a close friend of Kanye's - the pair have collaborated on numerous musical projects, with Legend signing to Ye's label, GOOD Music, from 2004 – 2016.
However, shortly after Kanye embarked on a recent lengthy Twitter spree, during which he voiced his support for US President Donald Trump, Legend took to Twitter himself in response.
Despite not referring to the rapper personally, he did refer to "brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future."
I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences. However...— John Legend (@johnlegend) 25 April 2018
Far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.— John Legend (@johnlegend) 25 April 2018
They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear— John Legend (@johnlegend) 25 April 2018
They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James— John Legend (@johnlegend) 25 April 2018
I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth.— John Legend (@johnlegend) 25 April 2018
The defining trait of Trump's campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy. He made it clear every time he spoke. Some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore that for the other x% you might find appealing. I guess I agree with >1% of anyone's thoughts though— John Legend (@johnlegend) 25 April 2018
The response comes after West tweeted that Trump - whom he famously met with at Trump Tower in 2016 - was his "brother', that he loves him and that they both have "dragon energy".
Following the post, Trump went on to retweet the message with a quote reading: 'Thank you Kanye, very cool!"
Meanwhile, the rapper is set to release his upcoming solo album on 1st June, and is also preparing to drop a joint album with Kid Cudi on 8th June.