Kanye West let his dark thoughts come to light in a new poem titled “Dead” on Tuesday (March 8).
Following his previous written piece “Divorce” stemming from his official split from Kim Kardashian — and defence of his controversial “Eazy” visual, which portrays Pete Davidson’s fictional murder — Ye leaves nothing unsaid about his struggles as of late, coming to the realization that he’s not really living in his “latest creation.”
“No one wanted to tell me I was DEAD / And only people that would talk to me were in my head. No one wanted to tell me I was DEAD / Only people who loved me visit in their dreams instead.”
In the poem, Ye addresses his family, his feelings of not being heard and the toxicity of the media, penning “Every thing was wrong in the press that I read,” before discovering his fate at a “newsstand in purgatory.”
“I found out one day at the newsstand in purgatory / There was a front page article of my murderer’s story,” he wrote. “I was so surprised at what it said / This info is for the living / And surprise… You’re DEAD.”
“I feel already compromised that I have to justify my expression after over 20 years of art that I’ve contributed to the planet but I also see the need to make sure we as a species are allowed to still feel anything.”
“I will not explain this new piece for the explanation destroys the mystery and magic of true love and puts it in a box that can be counted… Art is subjective Art only works when it is the artist absolute truth Someone’s truth can be another persons lie.”Ye’s unwillingness to explain his art via Instagram
Coinciding “Dead,” Ye also shared the visual to Donda’s RIAA Gold hit “Hurricane” with The Weeknd and Lil Baby as well as a new animated visual for “Eazy.” The music video takes references from “Eazy’s” initial CGI-style approach, however, sees live action shots of presumably The Weeknd, Lil Baby and Ye performing. Clad in all-black leather face masks, jackets, gloves and pants, a band of hooded Ye disciples (or inmates from the depicted prison) storm the beach and jump the gates to ascend into heaven.
The song itself feels as if you’re floating, with the visual uniquely encapsulating the feeling of its counterpart. One user wrote, “The most impressive thing about Kanye is that he’s always adapting. We haven’t seen a video like this from him, and likely won’t again. He’s not afraid to change and that’s why he’s the goat.”
Although Donda 2 was deemed illegible for Billboard consideration due to its release on Stem Player, it doesn’t seem to have fazed Kanye — staying focused on expressing himself in the purest way possible.
Watch “Hurricane” & “Eazy” below!