A presidential candidate took to Twitter to call himself the “new Moses” and label the music industry and the NBA “modern day slave ships.”
Kanye West took a break from his presidential campaign to take to Twitter about his music career Monday night.
In now deleted tweets, West claimed that he was the “2nd richest black man in America” and that he would not be releasing music until he was released from his contract with Sony and Universal.
He then said that he wanted an apology from J Cole and Drake, comparing himself to Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in 1831.
These tweets were later deleted, with West seemingly backtracking on his comments against his fellow rappers with new tweets.
I have the utmost respect for all brothers ... we need to link and respect each other... no more dissing each other on labels we don’t own— ye (@kanyewest) September 15, 2020
“I’m not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal,” he tweeted. “On God … in Jesus name … come and get me.” The statement was followed by an emoji of a skier.
West has famously had issues with Sony/ATV, which owns EMI Publishing, the company that holds his catalog. West and the companies were reported to have settled out of court in January. He remains listed on Sony/ATV’s roster.
West then added the NBA to his Twitter crossfire with no further explanation.
I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony— ye (@kanyewest) September 15, 2020
I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved
I’m putting my life on the line for my people
The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships
I’m the new Moses
West is competing to be the next president as an independent candidate, but has been barred from appearing on the ballot in a number of states, including Arizona, Wisconsin and Virginia.