Kanye West attacks George Floyd family member: ‘You’re being greedy’
The rapper released a new track Tuesday on Twitter, titled “My Essentials.”
In the song, West sings: “I was in jail for 2 years, got out like 10/ I got some basic needs, for the family, for the kids, for the rest of the world/ I need a car for the family, I need a house for the kids, I need a job for the rest of the world/ I got to eat, I’ve got to make, so what do I need to look like?”
George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson while protesting against police brutality, was among those killed in protests over the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in August.
West made mention of Floyd in both the song and in a string of tweets directed at Floyd’s family and calling on them to act more like a family.
“You’re being greedy,” West says. “You’re greedy. You’re greedy for the world to hate you for the mistakes of your life. You should be grateful. If you’re a family member, you should be grateful.”
West also tweeted about his time spent in prison while expressing frustration over the U.S. government’s reaction to his incarceration and the circumstances of his release.
“The jail I was in, I didn’t care about no one,” West says in the song. “I was out like 4 days and I took a bus to my mom in Ohio to see her. I spent the rest of the week talking to the family. My life was fine. I was out. So no matter how hard you try, it’s not ever going to be fine or easy.”
West also tweeted about his visit to his mother in Ohio and offered words of encouragement to her and his family.