After nearly a year of silence and introspection, the music world is brought to its feet as Kanye West graces the stage once again.
The rapper, now going by the name “Ye,” broke his performance hiatus by joining Travis Scott onstage. His return seems to mark a significant step forward, leaving behind the cloud of controversy that marred his reputation due to previous antisemitic comments.
Kanye West Ends Months Of Silence With Triumphant Comeback To The Stage
In an unexpected twist, Scott brought the music maestro to the spotlight while performing songs from his “Utopia” album at Monday night’s Circus Maximus concert in Rome. The dynamic duo performed two tracks “Praise God” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” igniting the crowd’s excitement.
Expressing their artistic bond, the 32-year-old introduced the 24-time Grammy Awards winner, declaring, “There is no ‘Utopia’ without Kanye West. There is no Travis Scott without Kanye West. There is no Rome without Kanye West. Make some noise for Ye.”
In case you missed it, after his antisemitic statements that started in October 2022, the 46-year-old faced intense criticism from Jewish organizations, notably the Anti-Defamation League. It also led to social media suspensions, including his account on the Elon Musk-owned platform X (previously Twitter), which was only recently reinstated.
Travis Scott WELCOMES KANYE WEST TO UTOPIA IN ROME OMGG pic.twitter.com/Ni54si7Ytj
— Ye Streams (@kanyestreams1) August 7, 2023
Besides becoming a social media outcast, major brand alliances, such as Adidas, also decided to sever ties with the record producer. In fact, on May 19, the German sportswear company revealed its intention to sell off its remaining Yeezy collection, slated for release by month-end.
They shared that a substantial portion of the proceeds from the $1.2 billion worth of Yeezys would be donated to two prominent nonprofit groups dedicated to combating racism and antisemitism. The Anti-Defamation League and “Philonise & Keeta Floyd Institute for Social Change,” founded by the late George Floyd’s brother, would benefit from the proceeds.
Despite a rare apology to the grieving family, lingering resentment remained, which is why Adidas’ C.E.O., Bjorn Gulden, conveyed to shareholders the necessity of selling the remaining products and contributing to affected organizations.
As he put it, “We believe this is the best solution as it respects the created designs and the produced shoes, it works for our people, resolves an inventory problem, and will have a positive impact in our communities. There is no place in sport or society for hate of any kind, and we remain committed to fighting against it.”
Ice Cube Commends Ye’s Evolution Beyond Previous Controversial Comments
In a discussion about cancel culture and its impact on celebrities’ candidness, the “Straight Outta Compton” rapper revealed that he believes Ye had made significant progress since his divisive anti-Semitic remarks.
Addressing the turbulent phase of the singer’s behavior, Ice Cube provided reassurance regarding his well-being. The Blast shared that during a deleted episode of the controversial “Drink Champs” podcast, Ye had implicated the actor in his antisemitic comments, claiming that the 54-year-old had influenced him in that direction.
Without elaborating on how Cube influenced him, their relationship presumably deteriorated. Yet, the two mended fences, as the former “C.I.A.” rap group member shared during his appearance on Piers Morgan‘s candid talk show, “Uncensored.”
The English journalist stated during the conversation, “The last rapper I interviewed in this studio was Ye, Kanye West. You’ve had a woshakyelationship with him; you’re back on track. I read that you saw him a few days ago.”
Cube acknowledged their recent interaction, noting, “I mean, we were always cool. He spoke my name without really explaining what he meant, and I couldn’t leave that statement out there. He never explained what he meant, so I had to rebut that, but since then, we’ve talked, and I think Ye understands that generalizing will always get you in more hot water than being very specific.”
When questioned about the Billboard Artist Achievement Award winner’s well-being, Cube expressed confidence that “he’s doing great” and “in a good space” despite his struggle to gain control over his finances.
The “Barbershop” star remarked that Ye had “learned a lot from this past year” and expressed optimism that he would “come out better on the other side.”