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Kanye West’s Three Most Conservative Songs

Sure, he's been praising President Donald Trump and Candace Owens — but the rapper's long been an independent thinker through his music

Some people may be surprised by rapper Kanye West’s recent positive statements about such conservatives as Candace Owens, Scott Adams, and President Donald Trump — but the performer has long peppered his songs with right-leaning messages.

While the musician refuses to call himself a conservative, he’s always been an independent thinker who values the power of the individual. Here is a look at three of Kanye West’s most conservative songs.

1.) “Ye vs. the People.” The world needs more music like “Ye vs. the People” right now. West’s latest finds him and liberal rapper T.I. having a rap battle of sorts about West’s right-leaning views.

In the song, Kanye West shares the same things he’s been conveying lately in interviews and on Twitter: He wants people to think and speak independently without fear of backlash and bullying from leftist “groupthinkers.”

The song, which also presents T.I.’s point of view, demonstrates how two people of politically opposing views can work together to make something great and culturally healing.

2.) “Jesus Walks.” One of West’s biggest hits was this song, from his second album.

“Jesus Walks” not only has West professing his faith in God — he also called out the mainstream music industry for its bias against music about faith:

I ain’t here to argue about his facial features
Or here to convert atheists into believers
I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers
The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way I need Jesus
So here go my single dog radio needs this
They said you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tape
But if I talk about God my record won’t get played
Huh?
Well let this take away from my spins
Which will probably take away from my ends
Then I hope this take away from my sins
And bring the day that I’m dreaming about

3.) “Everything I Am.” This is an incredibly relevant West song right now.

The song, from his third album, revealed how West separated himself from other artists — and declared his individuality:

Ya see how I creeped up?
Ya see how I played a big role in Chicago like Queen Latifah?
I never rock a mink coat in a winter time like Killa Cam
Or rock some mink boots in the summertime like Will.I.Am
Let me know if you feel it man
Cause everything I’m not, made me everything I am

Just as West has refused to be boxed in by, and bullied into, any political positions right now, this song was his opportunity to let everyone know he was not going to be pigeonholed in his art or creativity.

The song is a love song to individuality — and to the power of independent thinking.

PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Kanye West @ MoMA [1], [2], CC BY-SA 2.0, by Jason Persse)