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“Art is Not a Proxy For Any Ill or Harm.” Kanye West Defends His Controversial ‘Eazy’ Video

On Sunday, Kanye West went to Instagram to defend the visual for “Eazy,” where Ye kidnaps and buries a claymation figure of Pete Davidson.

Kanye West is taking a stance against ‘Eazy’ detractors. After controversy swirled about The Game-assisted visual that premiered last Wednesday–where Ye is depicted as kidnaping and torturing a decapitated claymation version of Pete Davidson before burying him – Ye made an Instagram post to defend his “art”.

“Art is protected as freedom of speech. Art inspires and simplifies the world. Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended.”

At the end of the ‘Eazy’ video, Ye wraps with a brief written message: “EVERYONE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER/EXCEPT SKETE YOU KNOW WHO/JK HE’S FINE.”

Prior to posting his art-defending statement, last week, Ye also went to Instagram to publicly grieve his ongoing divorce battle after it was announced that his soon-to-be ex-wife Kim Kardashian legally declared herself single. Kardashian also removed the ‘West’ surname from her social media profiles.

“Divorce feels like your kids were snatched from your control/ Divorce feels like you’ve been shot and traffic is slow/ Divorce feels like heavy breathing/ Divorce feels like grandma never got over that cold/ Divorce feels like suffocating/ Barely breathing,” said a few-lines from his post.

Despite Ye’s marriage dissolution, he’s moving forth with the DONDA 2 rollout. In February, he hosted a listening experience at Miami’s LoanDepot Park with appearances from Alicia Keys, Fivio Foreign, Jack Harlow, Playboi Carti and more. Executive produced by Future, DONDA 2 has been released to Ye’s $200 stem player  as a rough version titled “V2.22.22 Miami” including 16 tracks.

In February, Ye revealed on Instagram that he turned down a $100M deal with Apple Music for DONDA 2 to be heard on the handheld device.

“Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player,” Ye wrote. “Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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