[Ed. – What makes the author theorize that this might have been a publicity stunt? Wishful thinking perhaps?]
Cozying up to President Trump has paid off for Kanye West, whose latest album just hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, bringing him one step closer to a record.
West’s “Ye” is his eighth No. 1 album on the chart; he and Eminem are now tied for the second-most hip-hop albums to hit No. 1. “Only Jay-Z is ahead of them, as he owns 14 chart-toppers,” says Billboard. “Among all acts, The Beatles have the most No. 1s, with 19.”
Breaking a long silence, West returned to Twitter on April 25 to announce the new album was due. He didn’t waste time in stirring up controversy, calling Trump his “brother” and tweeting “you don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.” West also tweeted a claim that he and Trump share “dragon energy,” a picture of a #MAGA hat signed by Trump, a screenshot of Trump retweeting West, and the complaint “Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.”
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West also shared a series of bizarre videos by “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, which claim that racism is not a problem and can be overcome by positive thinking. This attracted retweets and positive comments from the far right.