News: Q-Tip Gives Kanye West A History Lesson: "F**k The Confederate Flag"

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 5:40PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G.O.O.D Music affiliate Q-Tip has spoken out in light of the controversy longtime friend Kanye West has sparked by releasing merchandise and donning clothing with the Confederate flag.

While Tip made sure to let fans know there is no ill will toward Mr. West, he did explain why making the controversial image fashionable upset him.

"F*ck the confederate flag," Tip tweeted November 6.
"I love Kanye no shots but my people continue to suffer psychologically from hardships that happened under that banner" (Q-Tip's Twitter)

A photo of Mr. West donning the controversial flag started making its rounds online a few days ago.

He caused controversy with his song "New Slaves" about modern-day racism and now Kanye West is prompting talk again - the rapper was seen wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Confederate flag on Saturday. The star, who got engaged to Kim Kardashian at the end of October, has been criticized for featuring the flag on merchandise for his Yeezus tour. The gear includes T-shirts featuring the flag along with a skull and the words "I ain't comin' down." (People)

Recently, Kanye said he is not celebrating the Confederacy but instead flipping its meaning.

"React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. I represented slavery, my abstract take on what I know about it, I wrote 'New Slaves.' So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. What are you going to do?," Ye said in an interview. "[The merch sales?] People just look cool in it. They look nice. It's colorless. It's super hood, but it's super white boy approved at the same time. That's my style. I don't look like a rapper. When I started, I wasn't gangster enough. I'm getting married to Kim Kardashian and I never played in the NBA." (97.1 Amp Radio)

According to reports, Ye has made plenty of stacks already after launching his Yeezus tour in Seattle last month.

Kanye West did another radio interview in the Bay Area ahead of his two Yeezus tour dates in the area. Speaking with St. John of 99.7[NOW!], Kanye spoke once more about his strong faith in Jesus, saying, "This is the Jesus generation. Every generation is the Jesus generation." Kanye also spoke about possibly moving to San Francisco, a hotbed of technological companies, his fiance, Kim Kardashian, and where the name "Yeezus" came from. Kanye also talked about getting turned away from the GAP due to political issues. He said he wanted to have worked with them on the merchandise for his Yeezus tour, and said that he sold $83,000 worth of merchandise on his first tour stop in Seattle. (Complex)

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