Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for ‘billionaire’ tweet

Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for ‘billionaire’ tweet
West was slammed on social media for touting his family’s wealth. (AFP)
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Updated 01 July 2020

Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for ‘billionaire’ tweet

Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for ‘billionaire’ tweet

LOS ANGELES: Kanye West received both plaudits and criticism on Tuesday when he released a powerful new single about racism and faith a day after congratulating his wife Kim Kardashian on what he said was her billionaire status.

West was slammed on social media for touting his family’s wealth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has seen more than 36 million Americans lose their jobs.

Hours later, he released the emotional single and video “Wash Us in the Blood,” that blended references to religion and systemic racism in the United States with imagery from recent protests about deaths of Black people at the hands of police.

Some critics called the release, featuring Travis Scott, West’s best music in years.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper said West’s latest release was an “intensely potent study of race and faith” that presented an “apocalyptic vision of America.”