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Let's Revisit the Hollow Trumpism at Kanye West's Core

Kanye met with Trump today. Looking back at West's evolution into his current form, this was bound to happen.

Three years ago after a then-notorious Kanye West BBC interview where West breaks down his thoughts around economic empowerment, the DJ/scholar and friend of Okayafrica, Chief Boima tried to give West his due by giving it a proper Marxist analysis:

Basically, what Kanye is seeing and trying to point out is that “products” are tied up with and contain the social context in which they are produced. From what I understand of the interview, he aims to dismantle the structural inequalities he’s come across in his career as a “creative” by taking control of the point of creation, means of production, and probably modes of distribution.

Boima was attempting to arrive at a theoretical understanding of how artists should be compensated for their labor.

Responding on Okayplayer, Edie "Stats" Houghton wrote

But that honestly makes me think of Ye less as a revolutionary and more as a self-invented man in the mold of Don Draper, the snake oil salesman who can sell the myths of advertising with such unparalleled skill precisely because he understands the nature of his own desire, his own enslavement to the myth (compare Yeezy’s rant about the magic of a new pair of Jordans or a porno mag with Draper’s self-destructive soliliquy about whores and Hershey bars and tell me I’m wrong). Which really makes me wonder whether Kanye’s main contribution to the revolution won’t be imploding on camera in some way that exposes the system at its ugliest...

This was Boima and Eddie's 2013 Nostradamus moment. Like America, Kanye's internal contradictions have only heightened and become more extreme since then, resulting in his hospitalization and a turn to Trump.

If anything, this spectacle reveals how seamlessly connected the West-Kardashian world-views are with Trump and the American electorate. It's clear that Trump's mail-order steaks are West's Life of Pablo-branded Gildan T-Shirts—ethereal media creations with little to no physical presence or practical value.

But just as West's gold-plated fantasy world smashes into the violent reality of Kim Kardashian's kidnapping in Paris, so it is with Trumpism—the self-help nonsense and artifice of Trump University, the absurd cabinet picks and a DGAF approach to international diplomacy will soon butt-up-against geopolitical realities, smashing the facade and exposing the rot at the core.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

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Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

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Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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